17:21 GMT03 December 2020
Listen Live
    Europe
    Get short URL
    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)
    242
    Subscribe

    Exchange of prisoners between Kiev and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), prescribed by the Minsk agreements, derailed due to the fault of the Ukrainian side, but DPR hopes it will take place until the end of January, the DPR envoy to the Minsk peace talks said Sunday.

    DONETSK (Sputnik) — At the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukrainian reconciliation on January 13, the parties agreed to exchange more than 50 prisoners. It was expected that it will happen until January 20. However, the exchange was foiled.

    "We hope that the negotiators will be able to reach an understanding on this issue and it will be resolved before the end of January," Denis Pushilin told RIA Novosti.

    Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of a coup.

    In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between the two sides in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, a weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, an all-for-all prisoner exchange and constitutional reforms, which would give a special status to DPR and LPR.

    Despite the Minsk peace deal, sporadic shelling has continued in Ukraine’s southeast.

    Topic:
    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

    Related:

    Ukrainian Forces Detain 5 Donetsk Citizens Over Past Week - DPR Ombudsman
    Ukrainian Forces Shell Donetsk Region Settlements in Violation of Ceasefire
    Donetsk Warns OSCE to Get Tough on Kiev for Minsk Treaty Violations or Else
    German Lawmakers 'Gladly Deliver' Humanitarian Aid to Donetsk via Russia
    Tags:
    prisoner exchange, Donetsk People's Republic, Ukrainian crisis, Denis Pushilin, Ukraine, Donbass
    Community standardsDiscussion