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26.12.18 17:03

Russia persistently ignores Ukraine’s proposals to swap hostages before Orthodox Christmas, MP Iryna Herashchenko says

The Ukrainian side in the Trilateral Contact Group desolving Donbas conflijct has received no response from Russia and so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics" to its proposal to hold a videoconference on Dec. 27 regarding the release of hostages.

Russia persistently ignores Ukraine’s proposals to swap hostages before Orthodox Christmas, MP Iryna Herashchenko says

Ukraine’s representative to the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Iryna Herashchenko, wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"The Ukrainian side in the Trilateral Contact Group proposed to hold a videoconference of the humanitarian group on Dec. 27 in order to make another attempt to agree on the issue of the release of hostages. We handed over concrete proposals and lists and offered to release hostages in the format of 22 for 22, 39 for 11 and 33 for 8 on Jan. 5, on the eve of Christmas. So far, we have not received any response from the Russian Federation and representatives of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions," she wrote.

The MP also said that the Ukrainian side expected a more active and constructive position from OSCE Coordinator in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Toni Frisch. "He proposed to hold a conference on Dec. 29, not Dec. 27 (we agree to hold a conference on Dec. 29, of course, but we expect the OSCE coordinator to have a more interested position and greater initiative in solving humanitarian issues)," she added.

According to Herashchenko, the representatives of the so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics" sent a letter in which they refused to hold a Skype conference and called the initiatives of Ukraine for the release of hostages as "PR exercise."

She added that she asked Ukraine's representative to the TCG Yevhen Marchuk to raise the issue on the release of hostages during the Skype conference of the security group on Dec. 27 with Russia and OSCE.

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