Poroshenko said that he discussed with Him the issue of prisoners in the Donbass

© AFP 2017 / Pool/Alain JocardПрезидент of France Emmanuel Makron and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a meeting in ParisPoroshenko said that he discussed with Him the issue of prisoners in the Donbass© AFP 2017 / Pool/Alain Jocard

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he had discussed with the President of France Emmanuel Makron question expedite the release of prisoners in the Donbass and expressed hope for intensification of this process after negotiations to resolve the conflict in the region in the «channel format».

Earlier, representatives of Kiev, the self-proclaimed DND and LNR began the process of updating the list of prisoners who want to return to the Donbass in the framework of the exchange. Vice-speaker of the Parliament Irina Gerashchenko said that several hundred prisoners allegedly did not want to return to the Donbass. The Ombudsman self-proclaimed Donetsk national Republic Daria Morozova said earlier that on a specific date for the beginning of the exchange between Kiev and DPR can only speak after the procedure check.

«Separately we paid attention to the need to accelerate the release of the hostages, 128 Ukrainian hostages are in occupied territory… We wait that the result of the revival of negotiations in «Norman format» we will make substantial progress in this very sensitive area,» Poroshenko said Monday at a press conference after a meeting with the Macron.

The negotiations in the «Normandy format» on settlement of situation in Donbas is scheduled from June 2014. Then, during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the landing of allied troops in Normandy, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany first discussed the settlement of the conflict in the East of Ukraine. In the framework of the Normandy format meetings and telephone talks at the highest Ministerial and expert levels. The last meeting of leaders «channel four» took place in October 2016 in Berlin, it was agreed that the preparation of the plan for settlement in the Donbass.

The Ukrainian authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict began more than 10 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, including during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which from September 2014 adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict continue shooting.

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