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Ukrainian ombudswoman announces new talks on prisoners' exchange

Source : 112 Ukraine

Lutkovska did not tell a formula for the possible exchange
17:57, 28 December 2017

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Valeria Lutkovska, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights claimed that the new talks on the exchange of prisoners could take in the near time and it was likely that they could finish successfully as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.

'Nobody knows the formula of the prisoners' exchange and I think that nobody will tell it. It is really true that it can take place in the near time because we worked out a lot of procedures and particular moments during the preparation of this exchange that will make our life easier in the future. For example, there was a significant mistrust of the militants to the documents provided by Ukraine but we do not have any person detained without the proper decision of the court. If people are released from the custody there will be a proper document but there was also mistrust from the militants on the originality of the documents, on the fact whether the people were really released or not', she explained.

Related: UK Embassy in Ukraine welcomes prisoners' exchange in Donbas

According to Lutkovska, a mechanism of the verification of the documents is ready as well.

'We held a great number of talks that we have close relations with all counterparts, including Ambassador Toni Fischer that took part in all our negotiations from the OSCE side. I think that the second stage will take place much more easily and with more chances for success, the ombudswoman predicted.

Earlier Petro Poroshenko demanded to immediately resume the negotiations with Russia on the release of hostages. Also, it was announced that the exchange could take place on the formula 74 for 29.

Related: Kremlin not to release illegally judged Ukrainians within Minsk deal

Earlier the SBU reported that 103 people remain detained in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and dozens of them are in Russia.

All details of the exchange process revealed at the chronicle of the long-awaited event.

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