The DPR authorities received no official suggestions on the new prisoners’ exchange from Kiev. The issue will be discussed at the Minsk negotiations on January 18, according to the DPR Human Rights Ombudsman Daria Morozova.
The most large-scale and the first exchange for the last 15 months transpired in late December of the previous year. Kiev received 73 persons back, Lugansk received 73 persons back. It was reported that the DPR received 165 persons back, however, according to Morozova, there were only 160 people. According to the leader of the public movement “Ukrainian choice – the right of the people” Viktor Medvedchuk, the second stage of the exchange of prisoners may be performed under the formula “74 for 29”.
“The Donetsk People’s Republic received no official suggestions on prisoners’ exchange. I double-checked this fact today; we were not reported about that. We cannot rely solely on media reports…We are making preparations for the next stage of the exchange of prisoners. Work is currently being done on the lists. The second stage of the exchange will be discussed at the forthcoming Minsk negotiations,” said Morozova.