Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic and DPR representative to the Minsk subgroup on humanitarian issues Darya Morozova claims that the statements of the Ukrainian side about their readiness for a prisoner exchange are lies, a correspondent of the DPR official website reports.

“The extraordinary meeting of the working group on humanitarian issues of the Contact Group has ended. The main topic that was considered during the talks was the opening of the checkpoints Schastye and Zolotoye on the border between the LPR and Ukraine. At the same time, the issue of exchange of detainees between the DPR and Ukraine was not touched upon at all, despite the fact that it was announced on the agenda,” Morozova said.

The DPR Ombudsperson noted that all statements by Ukraine about its readiness to exchange detainees with the DPR in the coming weeks are untrue.

“Their goal is to get extra credit by the meeting in the Normandy format and save face in front of the families of detainees, who, through the fault of Ukraine, have been waiting in vain for the return of their relatives for many months. In fact, all achievements concerning the exchange that Kiev announces in the media are far-fetched and do not correspond to the real results of the talks. Moreover, Ukraine is not even taking any real steps to advance the dialogue. Indeed, people who are included in the exchange lists could have celebrated New Year and Christmas at home. And the DPR, for its part, did everything to make this possible. However, the Ukrainian side is not interested in this,” Darya Morozova added.