Russian health minister says producing vaccines in Nicaragua is "very profitable"Society & Culture October 23, 7:36
Russia, EU should set up strategic planning committee — former foreign ministerRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 23, 6:07
DPR to raise issue of Ukrainian forces’ shellings in DPR’s south — envoyWorld October 23, 5:06
Georgia’s Orthodox patriarch to visit Moscow to mark Russian patriarch’s 70th birthdaySociety & Culture October 23, 4:21
Iraqi forces enter last settlement on northern approaches to Mosul — mediaWorld October 23, 3:56
Azerbaijan’s president says his country will not increase oil outputBusiness & Economy October 23, 3:29
Second round of parliamentary election to be held in Lithuania on SundayWorld October 23, 2:49
Russian Duma delegation to take part in BRICS forum, IPU Assembly in GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 23, 2:11
Ceasefire in Syria violated 44 times in 24 hours — Russian reconciliation centerWorld October 23, 1:36
MOSCOW, April 7. /TASS/. The Ukrainian side will hand down 40 captive militia to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the republic’s ombudsperson Daria Morozova told a briefing at the Donetsk News Agency.
"Ukraine is prepared to hand down 40 people," Morozova said.
On Monday, DPR unilaterally handed down 16 remaining prisoners to Kiev. The Ukrainian side continues to hold prisoner 1,340 Donbass self-defense forces, Morozova said.
"Kiev does not want to fulfill the Minsk agreements, which contain the provision on prisoner exchange on ‘all for all’ basis. We have already fulfilled everything from our side," the ombudsperson stressed.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed that Ukrainian servicemen were handed down to Kiev. "We hope to see a similar response [from the Ukrainian side]," Morozova said.
Morozova noted that Ukraine does not release self-defense forces taken prisoner because there is no law on amnesty.
On February 12, negotiations in the so-called "Normandy format" were held in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The talks lasted for around 14 hours. Simultaneously, a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukrainian settlement was held in Minsk.
As a result, the Minsk agreements were signed that envisage ceasefire in Ukraine’s south-east, heavy weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local elections in Donbass and constitutional reform in Ukraine.