DPR handed over about 140 detainees to Ukraine as a gesture of goodwill during the conflict, said DPR Ombudsman Daria Morozova.
“The Donetsk People’s Republic has released about 140 people as a gesture of goodwill and in manifestation of our sincere commitment to the Minsk Agreements. We didn’t ask anyone in exchange for them,” she noted.
Morozova also spoke about the work of the Humanitarian Subgroup during the meeting in Minsk where the possibility of a new prisoner exchange under the “all for all” formula has been discussed. In response, however, Kiev proposed to hand over two Russian citizens to the Russian Federation in exchange for three Ukrainian servicemen held in the DPR. Morozova said this approach is unacceptable and is inconsistent with the Minsk Agreements.
We recall that the latest exchange between the DPR and Ukraine took place on December 27, 2017. The Ukrainian side handed over 160 people to Donetsk, and 57 people have been transferred to Kiev from the DPR. After that, the exchange negotiations reached an impasse. DPR delegates to Minsk talks have repeatedly stated that the Ukrainian side refuses to have substantive discussions of the agenda, and official representatives of Ukraine have repeatedly failed to attend the meetings of the Humanitarian Subgroup.