DPR insists on Kiev’s dropping charges against former detainees in nearest future

DPR insists on Kiev’s dropping charges against former detainees in nearest future

October 13, 2020 16:25 // Updated: October 13, 2020 16:27

Donetsk, Oct 13 – DAN. The Ukrainian leadership has to complete the fulfilment of its commitment on dropping charges against former detainees in the nearest future, the Donetsk People’s Republic representative in the humanitarian subgroup, DPR ombudswoman Darya Morozova said on Tuesday.

“In the course of the talks, Ukraine showed a downright destructive position on dropping charges against the persons who returned to the DPR during the prisoner exchanges in 2019 and 2020,” Morozova said following the subgroup’s video conference. “I insist that the persons who were moved to the DPR territory during the 2019 and 2020 exchanges be cleared of charges in the nearest future.”

At the Tuesday talks, the Ukrainian representatives openly stated that they it was not possible to drop charges against certain DPR supporters released earlier.

“I regard this position as an attempt to change the accords signed ahead of the 2019 and 2020 exchanges. Kiev actually refuses to meet its commitments, excusing its inaction with non-existing legal collisions. I regard the Ukrainian representatives’ position unacceptable. The arguments cited by Kiev with respect to dropping charges are not fully justified and look like pretexts,” the ombudswoman said.

Ukraine and the Donbass Republics last exchanged prisoners on April 16, 2020. Donetsk handed over nine people to Kiev and got ten. The DPR dropped charges against all the persons handed over to Ukraine. The latter did not meet its commitment on dropping charges against detainees.*jk