30 Oct 2017 15:31

DPR ombudsman accuses Kyiv of delaying prisoner exchange

DONETSK. Oct 30 (Interfax) - The conflict parties in Donbas are ready for a prisoner exchange, but everything depends on the political will of Kyiv, DPR human rights commissioner Darya Morozova said.

"Official Kyiv is deliberately doing everything possible and is intentionally delaying the exchange process on far-fetched pretexts. In truth, both parties are ready to exchange prisoners, but Ukrainian representatives stubbornly don't want to give up the 58 people we are requesting," she told reporters on Monday.

There are currently no substantiated obstacles to the exchange, Morozova said.

"Both parties are ready to release held persons, but we cannot reach agreements because of the Ukrainian authorities' lack of will. There are people who have been imprisoned for over three years now," Morozova said.

The latest meeting in Minsk also addressed the issue of the search for missing persons, she said.

"The roadmap, which was made jointly with the International Committee of the Red Cross, has long been ready, but it is impossible to begin its implementation. We consider the unmotivated arguments of official Kyiv to include third parties in the process of searching for missing persons to be unsubstantiated," Morozova said.