Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova suggested Ukraine signing an agreement, which would allow stopping criminal investigations of Russians and Ukrainians on an equal footing. Moskalkova's statement was published on the official website of the Ombudsman.
"It would be useful to conclude the inter-state agreement regulating the legal status of the persons having Russian and Ukrainian citizenship and wishing come back home, which could resolve the issues of quashing of the criminal prosecution on an equal footing," the message reads.
Despite the exchange between Russian and Ukraine and coming back of 35 citizens of the Russian Federation from Ukraine, "there are a lot of Russian citizens in the detention centers of Ukraine who are in need of help, protection their rights and who wish to get home back, that is why it is important to continue the work".
"I believe that today's big step on the return of citizens of Ukraine and Russia should become a part of the system actions on the Donbas conflict de-escalation as well as stabilization of the situation on the East of Ukraine," Moskalkova said.