The pro-Russian militants of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) are ready to transfer 74 prisoners to the Ukrainian side. Olha Kobtseva, the Head of Task Group on prisoners’ exchange of the LPR claimed this as the militants’ mass media reported.
According to her, there are 16 people from the LPR and 58 people from the DPR to be transferred.
We remind that the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas takes place in Minks. It is expected that the prisoners’ exchange on the formula ’306 for 74’ offered by Kyiv will be discussed. It was also reported that Ukraine is ready for any compromise at the negotiations in Belarus to take all Ukrainian prisoners.
Earlier Iryna Gerashchenko, the First Vice Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament claimed that The number of Ukrainian citizens illegally held in detention by Donbas militants has grown, and currently, it’s 162.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin promised to discuss the issue of exchanging Donbas detainees with the commanders of the Russia-backed militants in Donbas on November 15. It is noted that it was pro-Russian Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk who addressed President Putin on the issue.
Earlier OSCE claimed that the final lists of the detainees of the Donbas conflict to be exchanged are not ready yet. It was added that the difficulties could occur as new detainees on both sides appeared.