Patriarch Kirill announced agreement on the exchange of prisoners in the Donbass

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobacteria Kirill held a meeting on the issue of prisoner exchange in DonbasPatriarch Kirill announced agreement on the exchange of prisoners in the Donbass© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Patriarch Kirill spoke about the coordination of all details of the exchange of prisoners in the Donbass.

This statement he made after meeting with the leaders of the breakaway DNR and LC, as well as the head of the public movement «the Ukrainian choice — the right of the people» Viktor Medvedchuk.

«I hope that the exchange of prisoners, which will occur, will initiate this process because the lists had not included all those who still for some time continue to be in captivity, but they are hot hope that this first step will continue to further efforts for the release of all prisoners,» — said the Patriarch.

He stressed that the exchange of prisoners and the peaceful resolution of the conflict is very important for the Russian Orthodox Church.

«Here and there. Who are still grieving, as grieving the Russian Church against all that is happening when a brother raises a hand against brother?» — said Kirill.

He thanked all parties for «constructive talks» separately noting the role of the «Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the person of his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry». As explained in the Patriarchal press service, Metropolitan Onufry was informed about this meeting.

Patriarch Kirill said the Orthodox Church, for a long time is making many efforts to promote the Church in the speedy return of prisoners of war. That is why, paying attention to the Patriarchate, he invited representatives of both parties to the conflict «to discuss the issues that still remain unresolved and hinder the process of exchange of prisoners of war».

The details of the agreement

As told the head of the DND Alexander Zakharchenko, Kiev will give the militia 306 people, Ukraine will return 74. Exchange to be held December 27.

«I hope that the Ukrainian side will stick to promises,» he added.

According to Medvedchuk, the time and place of the exchange will call the morning of 27 December. Until they announce «security reasons».

As noted by the representative of Kiev in humanitarian subgroup of Irina Gerashchenko, the procedure was necessary to solve «the technical details and logistics issues.»

In November, he declared that Kiev, DND and LNR agreed on lists of prisoners for exchange. The Russian presidential envoy in the contact group, Boris Gryzlov noted that Kiev has the last chance to return to the negotiation process, as the Ukrainian authorities have «disrupted earlier agreements on prisoners».

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