The checkpoint ‘Zolote’ in Luhansk region will be opened in the near future. This decision was made at the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) in Minsk on October 18 as First-Vice-Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada and representative of Ukraine on the humanitarian subgroup at the TCG Iryna Gerashchenko reported at Facebook.
‘’Zolote’ checkpoint will be opened recently due to our demands. It will simplify the movement between the collision line for thousands of people’, she wrote.
Also, according to Gerashchenko, the issue of the prisoners’ exchange was discussed during the meeting. The representatives of the occupied territories of Donbas again ask to release people who are not connected with the military actions in Donbas.
‘Ukraine claimed a month ago about the readiness to transfer 302 malefactors for the release of 81 Ukrainians who are confirmed to be in the occupied territories. Totally there are 152 hostages at the occupied territories of Donbas in the SBU list and the number increases because the civilians are captured for their pro-Ukrainian views. The stumbling block is the demand for the amnesty for the members of ‘Berkut’ and other figures who are not connected with Donbas’, she said.
Moreover, Gerashchenko noted that the Russian side and the representatives of the occupied territories of Donbas do not fulfill the commitments that were announced publicly. Particularly, they promised that they will release all teenagers from the pre-trial establishments until January 1.
‘Today we raised this issue, the non-fulfillment of the publicly announced commitments in front of the OSCE and announced the demands to immediately release children. We discussed the necessity to provide the proper medical service to the hostages because all of them have some health problems. The separate issue is the search of the lost people and we confirmed our readiness to immediately create the mechanism with the participation of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE to search for the lost and exhumation of the dead. But Russia continues to stay on the position that ‘we are not there’ and does not agree to the search of their lost people’, she wrote.