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More than 1,200 people held prisoner by Kiev — DPR human rights ombudsperson

August 11, 2015, 16:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW
More than 400 people remain unaccounted for, the human rights commissioner of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic says
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MOSCOW, August 11. /TASS/. The number of captives held by the Ukrainian side exceeds 1,200, the human rights commissioner of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said on Tuesday.

"These are the people whose fate has been ascertained, while more than 400 people remain unaccounted for," the Donetsk News Agency quoted Darya Morozova as saying.

"We are now engaged in negotiations on their exchange, including at talks in Minsk. We are waiting for Kiev to pass the law On Amnesty to proceed from the stage of negotiations to practical moves," the ombudsman of the troubled region in eastern Ukraine said.

DPR’s official representative in the Contact Group for Ukraine settlement, Denis Pushilin, said on August 4 that a total of 45 Ukrainian captives were held in the two self-proclaimed republics. Within the framework of official prisoner swap, militias of the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics have handed to Kiev 317 prisoners, while the Ukrainian side released 287 people.

The "all for all" prisoner swap is one of the key points in the Package of Measures on implementation of the September 2014 Minsk agreements, signed in Minsk on February 12.

The package 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 enforcement of a special self-rule status for certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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