Prisoners exchange exclusively depends on Kiev's willingness to fulfill its obligations, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.
"The lists (harmonized earlier) were proposed by the Ukrainian side, but the latest video conference on December 12 showed (Kive's) destructive attitude," she said.
"We have proved our willingness more than once; we are ready to pass those people requested by Ukraine".
Still, Ukraine is not ready to hand over all the requested people currently in custody, she added.
"During the video conference on December 12 Ukraine tried to break up the list. They could not confirm their readiness to pass mentioned people and we could not reach an agreement."
"Still, we are counting on the exchange to take place, but everything depends on Ukraine fulfilling its obligations," she concluded.
The Contact Group humanitarian subgroup video conference on prisoner exchange arrangements on December 12 did not yield any results. Ukraine’s top negotiator for humanitarian issues, special representative for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk did not attend the talks so no date was announced.
Earlier, Kobtseva said LPR was hoping that the prisoner exchange would take place before the New Year, but that no date had been set yet as ‘legal clearance’ of LPR detainees was still ongoing in Ukraine.
She stated that the solution of the prisoner exchange issue and the date wholly depended on Ukraine’s position. Kobtseva also noted that LPR and DPR confirmed their readiness to hand over 16 and 58 detainees to Ukraine, respectively. The LPR representative made it clear that the exchange must not be split into stages.
Earlier, Kiev officials said that some of the persons detained in Ukraine had to be cleared of charges for updating their legal status.