The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Tripartite Contact Group (TCG), Martin Sajdik, welcomes the exchange of detained persons between Kyiv and Temporary Occupied Territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This was reported by OSCE’s press center on its official website.
"I sincerely welcome the mutual release and exchange of detainees today, pursuant to a common decision of the Trilateral Contract Group, with the participation of representatives of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, taken on 23 December 2019," Sajdik said.
He expressed deep appreciation for this joint achievement to all the members of the TCG as well as of the TCG Humanitarian working group and encouraged parties to continue reaching for a peaceful settlement of Donbas conflict, implementing the Minsk agreements and arrangements of the "Normandy Quarter".
As we reported earlier, on December 29, Ukraine and representatives of the militant-held Donbas exchanged prisoners; these are political prisoners, POWs and civilians, some of which were not even convicted. The venue was Mayorske checkpoint in Donetsk region.
Ukraine passed 127 people to the non-controlled territory, and the Russian mercenaries passed 76 people to Ukraine; 12 of these were military servicemen. Another 14 people refused to be exchanged.