ROC said about the key role of the Ukrainian churches in the exchange of prisoners in the Donbass

© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in fotoballoon prisoners in the Donbass. Archival photoROC said about the key role of the Ukrainian churches in the exchange of prisoners in the Donbass© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite the image Bank

A key role in the implementation of the exchange of prisoners in the Donbass play in peacekeeping efforts and «moral authority» of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, said on Thursday, RIA Novosti the press Secretary of Patriarch Kirill, the priest of Alexander Volkov, commenting on the appeal of the representatives of the Ukrainian side to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Previously, the press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed by telephone with the leaders of the Donetsk and Lugansk national republics Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky, the leader of the public movement «the Ukrainian choice — the right of the people» Victor Medvedchuk for the exchange of prisoners between Kiev, DPR and LPR; Zakharchenko and Carpentry in General supported the idea.

«It is very important that the moral authority of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, uniting Ukrainians on both sides of the conflict, makes possible the real work on the release of prisoners of war, which is carried out on a regular basis. In this way you can welcome new opportunities that may open after contacting Mr. Medvedchuk to the President of Russia», — said Volkov.

He recalled that the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church throughout the conflict in Eastern Ukraine «pays special attention to the subject of the release of detainees from both sides of the confrontation of persons.»

«Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill is making all possible peace efforts and supports the participation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and personally Metropolitan Onufry on liberation held by the parties to the conflict. During the conflict more than 15 people were able to return to their families thanks to the support of the Church,» — said the press Secretary of the Patriarch.

Wednesday Medvedchuk at the meeting with Putin said that Ukraine is ready to release the 306 people in the exchange of prisoners in the Donbass, in turn Kiev is waiting for from the militia release over 70 people before the New year.

At rallies in early April 2014, the residents of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, do not recognise the legitimacy of the February coup, announced the creation of «people’s republics». After held in may referendum the republics declared their sovereignty, formed its own government, and in November in DND and LNR elections of heads of republics and members of parliaments.

Kiev DND and LNR not recognize, said controlled by the government of the Republic territory is occupied, and militia forces — a terrorist.

The Ukrainian authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and DNR. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict were about 10 thousand people.ROC said about the key role of the Ukrainian churches in the exchange of prisoners in the DonbassThe implementation of the Minsk agreements