KIEV, August 2. /TASS/. Police of Ukraine’s Donetsk region has put on the wanted list 11 ministers of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), head of region’s police Vyacheslav Abroskin said on Sunday.
"In June and July 2015, the Donetsk region police put on the wanted list 11 so-called DPR ministers, who were on their posts as of the end of May this year," he wrote on his Facebook page.
According to him, since the beginning of Kiev’s military operation in the east of Ukraine in April 2014, as many as 1,037 people have been put on the wanted list for the organisation of or participation in illegal paramilitary formations, which caused casualties, and 106 people - for the creation of a terrorist organisation.
According to Abroskin, police have found 97 people on the list.
According to the fifth point of the Package of Measures to implement the Minsk agreements, which was signed by the Contact Group on the Ukrainian crisis resolution on February 12, parties to the conflict shall grant amnesty to all participants in the hostilities in the east of the country.
Earlier, head of the Donetsk region Paul Zhebrovsky said that part of current supporters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics (DPR and LPR) should be amnesties. He also proposed to grant amnesties monthly, but so far this has not happened.
Chief negotiators of the DPR and LPR republics, Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego, urged Ukrainian representatives in the Contact Group to finally agree at the Minsk-3 negotiations in the Belarusian capital Minsk on August 3 on the special status of Donbass and "amnesty to the combat actions participants from both the militia and Ukraine."
"We request you to reach the final agreements on issues of enactment of the law on the special status, granting amnesty to the combat operations’ participants both from the side of the militias and Ukraine, as well as the organisation of local elections in Donbass under a separate special law," Pushilin and Deinego said in the run-up to a meeting of the Contact Group and its working sub-groups in the Belarusian capital Minsk due on August 3. They also said that they have "once again sent to the Contact Group proposals on the settlement of these issues."
The LPR and DPR representatives said the republics were committed to fulfilling all the requirements of the Package of Measures to implement the Minsk agreements within the established deadlines.
"Therefore, we consider it necessary to accelerate our work. If we fail to settle these issues on August 3, we propose to Ukraine’s representatives to continue the work in Minsk until August 4 and August 5, if need be. If it takes a week, we are ready to stay in Minsk for the whole week," the LPR and DPR representatives said in a joint statement posted on the website of the Lugansk Inform Centre on July 31.
The Minsk accords were signed on February 12, 2015 after 14-hour negotiations between the leaders of Normandy Four (Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko) in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk. Concurrently, Minsk hosted a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukrainian settlement. A 13-point Package of Measures on implementation of the September 2014 Minsk agreements in particular included an agreement on cessation of fire from February 15, withdrawal of heavy armaments, as well as measures on long-term political settlement of the situation in Ukraine, including establishment of working sub-groups as priority tasks.
The ceasefire however has been repeatedly violated. The self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk have repeatedly said ceasefire observation completely depends on the Ukrainian side.