LPR hopes international organizations will respond to Ukraine's violations of human rights of detained supporters of Donbass, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva after the meeting with Fiona Frazer, the head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.
LPR voices hope for international response to human rights violations in Ukraine~
"The key issue we discussed was the living conditions of persons held in prisons in connection with the Donbass conflict, this theme covered both LPR and Ukrainian territories," Kobtseva said.
She also handed over to Frazer the messages from Donbass supporters liberated within the framework of the major prisoner swop on December 27.
"They asked for an appropriate reaction from the international community, in particular, the UN mission on human rights, on tortures, human rights violations – such as living conditions, lack of medical aid, food (in Ukrainian prisons)."
"We hope these messages will prompt investigation, at least into some cases, and appropriate conclusions."
Donbass Republics and Ukraine have carried out one of the largest prisoner swops in the conflict history on December 27, returning over 300 people in total to their families and homes. The exchange took place at the Mayorsk checkpoint in DPR area of responsibility.
After the exchange had been finalized, the former captives arrived to the Lugansk Republican hospital for medical examination.
The hard-brokered swop has transpired after the Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with LPR and DPR leaders Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko on 15 November to discuss a Ukrainian special representative for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk’s initiative to carry out the '306 for 74' prisoner swap. The Republics confirmed they are ready to carry out the exchange. The final numbers differed from the announced by Medvedchuk as by the time of the swop some people had already served their terms and had been released, while some refused to return to Donbass or Ukraine. Both sides announced their willingness to exchange the remaining PoWs.
The exchange of captives between Donbass Republics and Ukraine is one of the key issues of Minsk Agreements.