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Ukraine prisoner exchange should be held before December 28 — Luhansk republic leader

December 25, 2014, 19:45 UTC+3 LUGANSK
Ukraine Contact Group has reached agreements on the exchange of prisoners
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LUHANSK, December 25. /TASS/. The prisoner exchange between militias and the Kiev authorities is to take place before December 28, leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic Igor Plotnitsky said on Thursday.

“As of today there is only one agreement - prisoners will be exchanged on a ‘225 for 150’ basis,” Plotnitsky said commenting the results of the Contact Group meeting.

Earlier in the day, Plotnitsky and leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Zakharchenko said the Contact Group has reached agreements on the exchange of prisoners.

Ukraine Contact Group meeting

On Wednesday evening, Contact Group held a meeting in Minsk on resolving the conflict in Ukraine, which has killed 4,700 and displaced 1 million people. After the talks, the participants gave no comments to journalists.

The talks were attended by ex-Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics, Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego, and also Russia’s ambassador to Kiev Mikhail Zurabov and OSCE envoy Heidi Tagliavini.

Deinego later told TASS that the date for the next meeting remained unclear. Earlier reports said another round of talks could be held in Minsk on December 26. Pushilin told the Donetsk news agency it would be incorrect to reveal the results of the meeting until the next meeting.

In early September, representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics signed the Minsk Protocol, an agreement at halt the war in eastern Ukraine. Two weeks later, talks continued in Minsk and the sides adopted a memorandum which clarified the implementation of the protocol. In particular, the document stipulates pulling heavy weaponry 15 kilometers back on each side of the contact line and banning offensive operations. However, the sides have failed to implement the majority of the nine-point document.

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