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Ukraine prisoner swaps on hold in spat over seized identity papers

October 07, 2014, 16:05 UTC+3 DONETSK
Prisoner exchange is one of the key points in agreements reached at a Minsk meeting of the international Contact Group on settling the Ukraine conflict
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DONETSK, October 7. /TASS/. Prisoner swaps between Ukrainian government forces and self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) militias have been halted for several days as officials of the self-proclaimed territory say the authorities in Kiev have failed to meet militia demands.

Kiev officials refused to release personal identification documents for captives being handed over by government forces in the north-east city of Kharkiv, Darya Morozova, head of the republic’s committee for refugees and prisoners-of-war told TASS on Tuesday.

Without documents accompanying the captives, they would be destined for a wanted list, lacking identities on their return and barred legitimacy in any territory beyond east Ukraine, Morozova said.

Prisoner exchange is one of the key points in agreements reached at a Minsk meeting of the international Contact Group on settling the Ukraine conflict.

Five exchanges have taken place so far, swapping prisoners at the rate of 37 for 37, 70 for 70, 38 for 38, 28 for 28 and 30 Ukrainian law enforcers for 60 militiamen.

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