Ukraine’s stance on the exchange of POWs is an undisguised blackmail – Daria Morozova (video)

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On July 5, the Human Rights Ombudsman in the DPR Daria Morozova told about the results of Minsk negotiations on POWs exchange through the “all for all” formula in an exclusive interview to the correspondent of the official website of the Donetsk People’s Republic.

“Verification is finished; the Ukrainian side gave us the lists of the released persons. We received 93 Release Certificates, 18 of them are at variance with the model, prescribed by the Cabinet of Ministers, but the OSCE coordinator undertook responsibility for these documents. We removed these names from the list, and those who refused to be exchanges were also excluded. Accordingly, after the completion of this process, we were ready to start active actions,” said the Ombudsman.

Speaking about accusations against the Republics about ignoring the requests of the Ukrainian side, Daria Morozova completely refuted such statements of Kiev.

“You know that our supporters are being charged on several criminal proceedings. Thus, the Ukrainian side transferred a number of detained persons to the category of “irrelevant to the ATO”. As a result, only 11 of 62 people accused of gravest crimes remained. I asked if the Ukrainian side agrees to include two categories in the exchange list – “those accused of gravest crimes” and “irrelevant to the ATO”, which made opponents hysterical because there is no amnesty law,” the DPR representative in the humanitarian subgroup explained.

According to the Ombudsman, the Ukrainian side did not confirm the data, provided by the ICRC and the UN, on the presence of a number of detainees on the territory of Ukraine. Moreover, official Kiev stated that these organizations are not official information sources. In the light of the above, Daria Morozova expressed doubts concerning the interest of Ukrainian representatives to perform the exchange.

“The Ukrainian representative said it is necessary to include Crimean Tatars and political prisoners in the list. These people are in the territory of Russia and we have no relation to them. And only after that, the “all for all” exchange is possible they said. I believe this is blackmail,” the Ombudsman stressed.

In conclusion, Daria Morozova said that it’s absolutely unreasonable to include the participants of the events in Kiev, Odessa and other cities in the exchange lists of Republic representatives.

Summing up, the Ombudsman of the Republic said that the ICRC and the UN will be informed of all the unlawful actions of the Ukrainian side.