DPR Ombudsman: the Republic is ready for the next stage of the prisoner exchange

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DPR authorities are ready for the next stage of the prisoner exchange between the Donetsk People’s Republic and Ukraine. This was announced today by the DPR Human Rights Ombudsman at the DAN Press-centre. “The Ukrainian side divides people in two categories: “gravest crimes” and “non-ATO”. On December 27 it became clear that this position of the Ukrainian side does not correspond to reality, since there were people of both so-called categories in the exchange lists. That is why I see no obstacles to perform the next stage of the exchange in the near future, particularly as we are absolutely ready for that,” said Morozova.

To be reminded, on December 27, 2017, one of the largest exchanges between Ukraine and the Republics since the beginning of the conflict transpired. It took place near the checkpoint not far from Gorlovka. As reported, Kiev failed to fulfill its commitments, since it refused to hand over all previously confirmed DPR supporters to Donetsk.

Later, on December 29, the Ombudsman’s Office announced that the Ukrainian side is holding 290 DPR supporters, including 79 persons, whose whereabouts had been confirmed in the territory of Ukraine.

Source: DAN