Ukrainian representatives have not confirmed their readiness to exchange detainees according to the head of LPR working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva following a meeting of the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup.
“Detainee exchange was the key agenda item discussed by the humanitarian subgroup “The Republics reiterated their readiness for new exchange; regrettably, Ukraine did not confirm its readiness.”
“The meeting also focused on Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge rebuilding and restoration of power supply in Novoalexandrovka. On top of that, LPR raised the problem of Ukraine’s shutting down water supply to the Republic via Popasnaya Duct.
“We’re greatly disappointed that no consensus has been reached on any of the discussed issues,” Kobtseva said.
Kobtseva, the LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, earlier said that the Lugansk People’s Republic would demand that Ukraine return the 25 prisoners whom it refused to hand over to LPR in last minute refusal at the December 2017 prisoner exchange.
On 27 December, LPR, DPR and Ukraine carried out the biggest prisoner exchange in the past 14 months near Mayorsk crossing point on the contact line in DPR responsibility zone. LPR passed 16 detainees to Ukraine, and Kiev passed 73 people to LPR.
In a telephone conversation with LPR and DPR leaders on 15 November, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Ukrainian special representative for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk’s initiative to carry out the 306 for 74 prisoner swap in the near future. The Donbass Republics heads assured the Russian leader that they were ready for the prisoner exchange.
Prisoner exchange is a key point of the Minsk Agreements.