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Ukraine's Donetsk republic suggests 25-50 prisoner exchange to Kiev

February 24, 20:03 UTC+3
The list of those to be exchanged was handed by the self-proclaimed republic representative in the humanitarian issues subgroup to the Ukrainian side today
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MOSCOW, February 24. /TASS/. Representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) on Wednesday suggested to Ukraine at a meeting of the humanitarian issues subgroup in Minsk to conduct a  25-50 prisoner exchange, DPR delegation head at the Minsk talks Denis Pushilin’s press service said.

"The DPR proposed a prisoner swap in line with the ’25 for 50’ formula. The list of those designed to be exchanged was handed by the DPR representative in the humanitarian issues subgroup to the Ukrainian side today," the Donetsk News Agency quoted the press service as saying.

The prisoner exchange is one of the key points of the Package of Measures on implementation of the Minsk Agreements on settlement in Ukraine.

At a Contact Group meeting January 13, its participants agreed to swap over 50 captives by January 20. But it never happened. The parties to the conflict accused each other of disrupting the exchange. After Minsk talks on January 20, the OSCE chief’s special representative in the Contact Group Martin Sajdik said direct talks between the Ukrainian, Lugansk and Donetsk sides were being held.

On February 12, 2015, the capital of Belarus, Minsk, saw the signing of a Package of Measures on implementation of the Minsk Agreements to settle the situation in Ukraine. The document was approved by leaders of the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine) and was supported by the United Nations Security Council.

The Package of Measures described in detail the schedule of actions to establish peace and settle the political crisis in Donbass until the end of 2015.

But most points of the plan have not been completely implemented. Ukraine’s political commitments, in line with the Minsk Agreements, are to adopt amendments to the constitution, which are to be coordinated with representatives of separate districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, to adopt the law on amnesty, to hold local elections in the region.

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