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DPR sent Kiev lists on prisoner exchange — DPR human rights ombudsperson

March 10, 2015, 13:56 UTC+3 MOSCOW

There are around 2,000 people on the list, including self-defense forces, political prisoners and civilians

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MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has sent three lists on prisoner exchange to Kiev, DPR human rights ombudsperson Daria Morozova said at the press center of the Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.

There are around 2,000 people on the list.

"Active preparations for [prisoner] exchange are underway. Three weeks ago, DPR sent three lists to the Ukrainian side," Morozova said. "In the first list, there are self-defense forces — 220 people. The second list is with political prisoners. There are 800 of them. In the third list, there are civilians. As of March 7, there are 900 of them," she added.

The Ukrainian side has not sent any response yet, the ombudsperson noted.

DPR is ready to release all Ukrainian servicemen, but Kiev intentionally drags the process of prisoner exchange, Morozova went on to say.

"We have long been ready for [prisoner] exchange. We are actually ready to release all [Ukrainian servicemen], but we are waiting for steps from the Ukrainian side," she said.

DPR is waiting for Kiev to adopt documents on fulfilling the point on amnesty in the Minsk agreements, she said.

There is no progress in organizing an "all for all" prisoner exchange, Morozova said. DPR self-defense forces are eager to fulfill the point on amnesty in the Minsk agreements, she added. The process is stalled because the issue with prisoner amnesty is yet unresolved, the ombudsperson said.

"Unofficially, we held talks with Kiev representatives. The situation is like this. A request on amnesty is filed to the prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor’s office approves it, but the court rejects it," she stressed.

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