Russia refused to exchange prisoners before the new year – Marchuk

Россия отказалась от обмена пленными до нового года - Марчук

The Russian side rejected the offer of the exchange

Russia refused to exchange prisoners before the new year.

This was at the briefing said the representative of Ukraine in the Tripartite contact group on the Donbas Yevhen Marchuk. The broadcast led to the “112 Ukraine”.

“Ukraine is ready 27 December at 12:00 procedural, organizational 23 23 exchange. 23 Ukrainian prisoners of Ukrainian citizens serving sentences in Russian prisons for 22, one died recently, Russian citizens serving sentences for serious crimes in Ukrainian prisons, to exchange. The Russian side does not agree, either then or today, explaining that this is not the topic of Donbass” – said Marchuk.

He also added that the Russian side rejected the offer in the format “66 on 19”.

“The second proposal, we offered to exchange 66 19, it 66 prisoners serving sentences at us, and 19, which are in the dungeons ORDO. Russia avoids this discussion, stating that they are not there, so we deal with them directly. And when the representatives are included, they offer “all for all”, but this procedure is not ready, there’s a lot of treacherous traps made,” – said Marchuk.

Earlier the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at a press conference said that the Russian Federation demonstrates the unwillingness to discuss the exchange of Oleg Sentsov, Roman Sushchenko and other political prisoners.