The Ukrainian side sent DPR the list of persons, whom Kiev is ready to hand over to Donetsk as part of the next prisoner exchange. This was announced by DPR Human Rights Ombudsman Daria Morozova on Friday.
“A few days ago, the Ukrainian side proposed us to perform a prisoner exchange. Sadly, it was not the exchange proposal under “all confirmed for all confirmed” format. They offered too few people, so it did not suit us,” she said.
Morozova highlighted that all people, offered by the Ukrainian side, were placed in categories again. In particular, they proposed to hand over persons sentenced for particularly grave crimes and people irrelevant to the conflict in Donbass.
“According to numerous allegations made by the Ukrainian side before, people sentenced for particularly grave crimes in Ukraine are not subject to exchange. But their recent proposal shows that we can actually perform the exchange in the shortest time, upon mutual consent,” the Ombudsman noted.
As previously reported, DPR authorities expect the new stage of the exchange to take place in February. On December 27, 2017, a prisoner exchange, the largest so far, took place on the line of contact in Donbass. Kiev handed over 233 prisoners to the Donbass Republics and received 73 prisoners in return. Both parties stressed that the prisoner exchange process had not been completed and they were determined to do everything possible to continue it in 2018.