Kyiv fails to hand over lists for prisoners’ exchange to so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, - ombudsman

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is noted that Ukraine has not provided Donetsk with information on any of the more than 100 detainees since the beginning of 2020
15:56, 22 December 2020


Representatives of Ukraine has not provided the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) with lists for the exchange of prisoners, which was announced the day before by the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Tripartite Contact Group (TCG) Leonid Kravchuk. This was stated by the DNR’s Commissioner for Human Rights, the representative of Donetsk in the Minsk subgroup on humanitarian issues Daria Morozova, media of the temporarily occupied territories reports.

She recalled Kravchuk’s statements about Kyiv’s submission of the list for the exchange of detainees to Donetsk back in November. According to Kravchuk, there were 11 names in it, and the transfer of these people was to bring the parties closer to the final stage of the exchange of prisoners.

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"Reading such statements, it seems to me that the members of the Ukrainian delegation live in some of their own, parallel, and not very healthy reality. I will explain why. First, we did not receive any lists for exchange from the Ukrainian side a month, a week, or a day ago. Secondly, we are currently searching for 103 people in Ukraine and regularly send our visa inquiries to obtain information about these people, and it is important for us to understand their status - place of detention, the reason for detention, health status, etc. Only with this information will we be able to form the list of people for a potential exchange,” Morozova stated.

According to the DNR’s official, despite numerous requests, Kyiv has not provided Donetsk with information on any of the more than 100 detainees since the beginning of 2020.

As we reported earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the intention to continue increasing support for certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.

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