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DPR ombudsperson says 1,354 people held prisoner by Ukraine

October 29, 2015, 16:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Earlier today the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics exchanged prisoners with Kiev in the "9 for 11" format
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MOSCOW, October 29. /TASS/. The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) human rights ombudsperson Daria Morozova has said that at least 1,354 people are held as prisoners by Ukraine.

The real number may be much higher, Morozova said. "For now, a total of 1,354 people are officialy registered as prisoners in Ukraine. There are separate lists of people who went missing. We don’t know anything about these people, there are 480 of them," Donetsk News Agency quoted the ombudsperson as saying.

Earlier today the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics exchanged prisoners with Kiev in the "9 for 11" format.

Morozova said she talked to the exchanged prisoners. They said that "there are thousands of people in SBU [Ukrainian State Service] basements whom Ukrainian side does not register as prisoners."

According to Kiev, self-defense forces hold 148 Ukrainian servicemen prisoner. The number was confirmed on October 16 by advisor to SBU head Yury Tandit.

Minsk agreements on Ukraine

The Minsk accords were signed on February 12, after negotiations in the so-called "Normandy format" 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 Minsk accords envisage ceasefire, weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local election in Donbass, constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishing working sub-groups on security, political, economy and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.

The Ukrainian forces and the self-defense forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics have repeatedly accused each other of violating ceasefire and other points of the Minsk agreements.

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