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Militants add new people into lists for detainee exchange, process jeopardized, - Gerashchenko

There are still some unresolved issues as to the upcoming exchange, the discussion to continue on Dec. 20
16:20, 18 December 2017

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The humanitarian subgroup on releasing the detainees and captured held a video-conference, during which it turned out that Russia added new people into the lists for the exchange, so the process is under threat of jeopardy, as Iryna Gershchaenko, representative of Ukraine in the TCG, wrote on Facebook.

“I hope we are getting to the finish line. At the same time, over the past two days, on Dec. 14-15, the representatives of the militants sent additional lists with a demand to include them (individuals, - 112) into the lists for release, and this basically brings a serious confusion into establishing the date of the exchange. And this basically leads to the jeopardy of the process,” she wrote.

The militants also insist that Ukraine bring people who have already been released but refused to return occupied territory to the exchange anyway.

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“The militants insist that the Ukrainian side drags free people to the front line. Russia also said that we must drag all 306 people to the front line: both the already released and those, who absolutely don’t want to move, as they made such statements or their layers addressed us on the issue. We didn’t receive a clear response to these key questions,” she said.

She added that Ukraine would wait for the answer from the OSCE as to the inadmissibility of forcing people to move to the occupied territory if they don’t want to. All of this will make scheduling the date of the exchange easier.

Previously Iryna Gerashchenko announced the large-scale exchange by the New Year. 74 Ukrainians are to be exchanged for 306 detained members of Donbas-based illegal armed gangs. 

Related: Donbas: Three Ukrainian servicemen perished over 24 hours

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