Ombudswomen of Ukraine and the Russian Federation agreed to transfer to the Ukrainian side 18 convicted persons that are currently serving their sentences in occupied Crimea. Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Valeria Lutkovska said after a meeting with her Russian counterpart Tatiana Moskalkova, held in Minsk on June 21, the press service of the Ukrainian Ombudsman reports.
"We reached an agreement on 18 prisoners, but this is an incomplete list. We exchanged our lists and compared them. My list was a little more; it consists of about 40 people. I gave it to Tatyana for further discussion. We discussed many topics and solutions for them. I hope the next meeting will take place in the near future and with the participation of human rights activists of both countries”, Lutkovska said.
Date of the next meeting between the two ombudswomen is still unknown, however, they are assured that it will be held, as well as the topic of the meeting will be the situation in the Eastern Ukraine, the problem with the violation of the rights of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars in the Crimea and Ukrainian prisoners in Russia.