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OSCE coordinator ignores POW exchange issue during Minsk talks sessions, - Ukraine's representative

Tony Frisch, the responsible official in the OSCE humanitarian subgroup, avoids discussion on this matter, Iryna Gerashchenko says
17:31, 2 August 2018

The Verkhovna Rada

OSCE humanitarian subgroup coordinator Tony Frisch has been ignoring the issue of hostages exchange during Minsk talks sessions; Iryna Gerashchenko, Ukraine's representative in this subgroup posted this on Facebook.

According to her, Frisch 'does not bring this issue to the agenda as a separate matter; he acts like he doesn't understand why the Ukrainian side does not agree with the offer by the ORDLO (temporary administrations in occupied areas, led by Russian militants, - 112 International), who support the 'all-for-all' idea. They demand use to release almost 300 Russians, which includes Russian citizens and former Berkut fightersm involved in terrorist acts in Odesa and Kharkiv, et cetera. They're ready to give back 25 people, even less than that - not confirming and concealing dozens of hostages, the military and civilians among them, whom they hold in jails and the newly created secret camps...', she wrote.

As it was reported earlier, Ukraine is ready to consider the option of exchanging 13 Russians in addition to the previously voiced 23 names for Ukrainian political prisoners’ release. Iryna Herashchenko, also the First Vice-Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament named 23 names of either convicted or detained Russians on the Ukrainian territory who are ready to be conveyed to Moscow in exchange for Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and Donbas.

Previously, Gerashchenko denied that Volodymyr Ruban, the former head of the Officer's Corps of Ukraine, could not be exchanged for two Ukrainian soldiers, illegally detained in the occupied Donbas - at least Russian militants never offered such option. 

"And, by the way, the statements of the Ruban's lawyers do not correspond with the reality; they are far from the Minsk Talks. Donbas militants never offered two our soldier for this so-called "general". Once, there was a talk about a formula "one for one" and then the militants put Ruban on the common list with another 300 people and claimed that there will be no small exchange only all for all," she wrote.

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