17 Oct 2017 15:39

DPR hopes Kyiv ceases dividing prisoners into categories

DONETSK. Oct 17 (Interfax) - The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) hopes that eleven persons facing grave charges in Ukraine will be put on the prisoner swap lists, DPR ombudsman Darya Morozova told reporters.

"The humanitarian subgroup will have another meeting in the Minsk format on October 18, and the issuance of identification documents to former prisoners released by Ukraine will be discussed. The prisoner swap remains the top item on the agenda," Morozova said.

Kyiv keeps dividing prisoners into categories despite what is required by the Minsk Agreements, she said.

"Unfortunately, we have been unable to make any progress on the release of prisoners at the past few meetings because of Kyiv's categorical stance. As before, we will insist that eleven persons accused by Ukraine of grave felonies or convicted of such crimes be put on the prisoner swap lists," Morozova said.

The DPR will also insist on the swapping of 47 persons whom Kyiv deems to be unrelated to the army operation in southeastern Ukraine, she said.

Morozova also called upon Kyiv to conduct a constructive dialogue.