The Ukrainian side refused to fulfill the verification agreements reached in Minsk

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The Ukrainian side refuses to fulfill its obligations in full. Let me remind you, it was agreed in Minsk meeting that a group of mothers and wives of detained persons will be able to interview not only citizens who are kept in remand prisons (SIZOs), but also persons on conditional discharge within the verification procedure. There are 159 people.

However, Kiev representatives refused from interviewing of them. Thus, the Ukrainian side unilaterally discontinues the verification of the detainees. Kiev representatives failed to fulfill the agreements. Once again I realized that the promises and guarantees given by the Ukrainian side worth nothing. As we are getting closer to the specifics of the exchange, Kyiv officials are finding new tricks and obstacles to delay the exchange. Ukraine only gives lip service when it worries about its prisoners. In fact, it is not aimed at speeding up of the release and returning all detainees to their families.

I would like to note that this is not the first time when the Ukrainian side disrupts the verification process by taking decisions unilaterally. This is one more proof of the unwillingness of Kiev representatives to perform the exchange and implement Minsk Agreements.

In this situation, I appealed to the coordinator of the humanitarian subgroup in the hope that he will evaluate the actions of the Ukrainian side and will be able to influence the Kiev representatives.