There are more than 400 Ukrainian prisoners in the annexed Crimea, Russia and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but it is impossible to exchange them on an “all for all” basis, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova said on Ukraine 24.
She said that currently 125 Ukrainians are in prisons in Russia and Crimea, and another 296 are serving sentences in prisons of the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk territories. Also, 258 Ukrainians are missing.
“As for the occupied Crimea, we have fully established cooperation with lawyers who represent the interests of these political prisoners. As soon as a person is captured, arrested, we are immediately provided with such information… And if, for example, it concerns occupied Donetsk and Luhansk territories, then, of course, we do not cooperate, but we receive information from the so-called commissioners who are in Luhansk and Donetsk regions,” she said.
Denisova also commented on the probability of an “all for all” formula exchange.
“I support the president here, as he said that (to exchange according to the formula) “all for all”, as we propose and as written in the Minsk agreements, does not work. But this is a process, it takes time,” Denisova added.
As it was reported earlier, Russian lawyer Nikolai Polozov claims that Russian law enforcement agencies want to officially recognize the Mejlis of Crimean Tatars as a terrorist organization in Russia.