Representatives of the unrecognized Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic blocked the process of exchange of prisoners because of the decision to hold local elections in Ukraine. This was announced by the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group Leonid Kravchuk in an interview with Strana.
According to Kravchuk, at the last TCG meeting, the parties discussed the issue of exchange. The Ukrainian side submitted its list and asked the representatives of ORDLO to submit their proposals. However, the militants said they would not submit the list until the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine changes the resolution on holding local elections.
"This means that the issue of exchange of prisoners has already been blocked. If we do not bring the resolution of the Verkhovna Rada on the holding of elections in line with international documents, Russia and ORDLO will not agree with us. They declare that we are rejecting the Minsk agreements," said Kravchuk.
On September 16, a 7-hour online meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group took place, and the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG, Leonid Kravchuk, said on the elections that “the adoption of laws and regulations is the exclusive competence and prerogative of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine,” and TCG can discuss proposals for draft documents on self-government in ORDLO.