Comment of the DPR Human Rights Ombudsman Daria Morozova following Minsk negotiations of August 26

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For the umpteenth time the Ukrainian side acts by a pre-scripted scenario at the Minsk meetings – deliberately delaying the implementation of the Package of Measures within the framework of the Minsk Agreements.

Despite the fact that Ukrainian law enforcement agencies claim that the official Kiev is ready to exchange prisoners under the “all for all” formula, authorized representatives of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup do not make any official proposals. There is still probability that the long-awaited exchange will take place very soon. In this regard, we raised the issue of the return of identity documents to our men. However, representatives of Ukraine believe that they act within the law. It is due to unreasonable arguments of the Ukrainian side that the talks are at the dead end. After exchange procedures, more than a hundred of our men returned to their families. We all remember what happened when our guys returned to the Republic without passports; all of them had a desperate situation: they could only live within the borders of the Republics and had no opportunity to travel.

Tony Frisch is visiting our imprisoned men soon, those who are held by the Ukrainian side. I really hope that this meeting will motivate the Ukrainian side to ensure normal conditions of detention and a human attitude towards our men.

I emphasize that we insist on strict compliance by the Ukrainian side with all the obligations regulated by the Minsk Agreements.

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