The Chairman of the Political Council Opposition Platform - For Life Viktor Medvedchuk told about his talks with the leaders of unrecognized “LNR” and “DNR” Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik.
“I remain a supporter of this formula, moreover, in May 2018, I publicly stated that I consider it necessary to hold such an exchange, all identified for all identified. Nevertheless, Kyiv authorities did not go for it, I stopped going to Minsk, and the following actions are connected with the fact that after the new president Mr. Zelensky took office, he also, unfortunately, did not move in these matters, because this formula was and is acceptable, and it can be implemented,” he said.
According to him, he turned to Pushilin and Pasechnik when he saw that President Volodymyr Zelensky was not dealing with exchange issues.
“And so, seeing that Mr. Zelensky is not going to carry out the release or exchange, I turned to Denis (Pushilin) and Leonid (Pasechnik). And at our last meeting with Denis Pushilin on June 7 at the margins of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, I asked for the release of certain Ukrainian citizens held in Donetsk and Luhansk. Of course, such a step, if it was made, as I reasoned it, would be one-sided, but important humane step on the part of Donetsk and Luhansk, "he said.
As it was reported earlier, Medvedchuk arranges release of four Ukrainians from captivity in self-proclaimed "DNR" and "LNR." Direct talks between Viktor Medvedchuk and leaders of self-proclaimed “DNR” and “LNR” Denys Pushylin and Leonid Pasichnyk were held in Minsk on June 27.