Ukraine announced that it intends to trad 23 Russian diplomats for its political prisoners in Russia. Iryna Gerashchenko, First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s Representative in the subgroup of humanitarian affairs, on her Facebook page.
“At the session of the humanitarian group and the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk the Ukrainian side expressed the readiness to pass 23 Russians, who are kept in Ukrainian prisons for the crimes against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, for the crimes related to war to Russia, in exchange for Ukrainian political prisoners, who are kept in Russia. Now we are waiting for Russia’s reaction and response to these initiatives,” she wrote.
Gerashchenko also stated that the key issues of today’s meeting in Minsk were the security, the violation of the Easter ceasefire by the enemy side, and the new stage of hostages’ release.
“Certainly, we have raised the question of release of the hostages, who are kept in Russian prisons and on the occupational territories. Here we are ready for the broad healthy compromise, except the unacceptable positions, as that Berkut officers release etc.,” she wrote.
They also discussed the question of the reconstruction of the bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska.
“We also raised the question of the bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska, we are for the reconstruction of the bridge with the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Besides, the project has to correspond with all the standards = agreed with Ukrainian competent services and agencies,” First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada said.
Gerashchenko informed about the discussion of the question of missing civilians, noting that Russia demonstrates a complete unwillingness to solve this problem.
“I have touched upon a question of missing people, the creation of the participatory mechanism of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Russia to intensify the searching of the people. Unfortunately, the other side, Russia and its satellites, have a destructive position on this issue and do not agree with Russian experts’ participation and representatives in such mechanism…I resent the fact that the Russian side shows a complete unwillingness to take care of its own missing civilians, so we continue working to move forward on this issue,” Gerashchenko noted.
The next meeting in Minsk will be held in two weeks.
Earlier, Herashchenko stated that Ukraine was ready to pass 23 Russians in return for Ukrainian prisoners.