So-called Donbas Republics voice '87 to 55' formula for prisoner swap

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to it, Ukrainian side should transfer 87 people. Donetsk and Luhansk will release 55
15:39, 28 December 2019

112 Agency

On Sunday, December 29, representatives of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics will transfer 55 people to Kyiv and expect to receive 87 detainees as part of the "all-for-all" exchange formula. This was reported by the representative of the so-called "Donetsk People's Republuc" in humanitarian subgroup Daria Morozova, UNN informs.

“Kyiv and Donbas agreed on the date of prisoners' exchange on the principle of “all held for all held.” On Sunday, December 29, that is, before the New Year, as agreed by Normandy Four leaders, Ukrainian side should transfer 87 people. Donetsk and Luhansk will release 55," said Morozova.

Related: Council of Europe welcomes negotiations on prisoner swap

As we reported, risoners’ exchange was hampered by the refusal of some detainees to return to Donbas, as media reported. A few dozens of people prepared for the return to occupied Donbas asked to exclude them from the exchange list due to the different reasons. So-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics accused Kyiv of delaying prisoner exchange negotiations.

The Council of Europe welcomed the agreement between the participants of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on the exchange of prisoners between Kyiv and the occupied territories of Donbas in the "all-for-all" format.

On December 23, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko claims that Minsk talks group has agreed on one group of prisoners to be exchanged between Kyiv and the self-proclaimed republics of Donbas. According to him, the Ukrainian side wants to bring back as many people as possible before the New Year's eve. This is why the OSCE coordinator made the decision to hold a video conference and complete the work on the lists.

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