The exchange of prisoners between Kiev and Donbass will continue, said Medvedchuk

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Againpretty in fotoballoon of prisoners between the DPR and Ukraine in Donetsk obectionable at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Gorlovka of Donetsk region, where there will be exchange of prisoners between DND and UkraineThe exchange of prisoners between Kiev and Donbass will continue, said Medvedchuk© RIA Novosti / Sergey Againpretty the image Bank

The exchange of prisoners between Kiev and self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics, held in Ukraine will be continued, the necessary second step to fully implement the principle «all for all», said the leader of the public movement «the Ukrainian choice — the right of the people» Viktor Medvedchuk.

On Wednesday, Ukraine held the first exchange of prisoners between LNR and Kiev, and then to exchange joined DNR. According to currently available information, the LC gave Kiev 16 people, received, in turn, 73 (two refused to return). Donetsk later handed over to the Kiev 58, got 165 people. Thus, the LC and the DNR passed all 74 prisoners, as it was announced. Kiev gave 238 people, although it was initially reported 306.

As explained by Medvedchuk in the First channel, the figure of 306 people was revised in the course of negotiations earlier — 40 people in the territory controlled by Kiev, already left on freedom and have the ability to move freely around the country, and about 30 refused to return in the DNI and LC.

He also recalled that the question of exchange of prisoners is regulated in the framework of the Minsk agreements, according to which, it needs to be completed by the principle «all for all» — that is, the parties must provide each other with all the prisoners, regardless of how much is held in the territory.

«The fact that 15 months was not sharing, due to the fact that we have a different understanding and interpretation of this principle. That is why it was necessary for me to refer to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, to whom I am grateful that he, using his authority, showed an act of humanism and appealed to the then leaders of the DNI and LC (Alexander) Zakharchenko and (Igor) Plotnitsky in order for this exchange took place,» he said.

«This is not a onetime act. I think the exchange should continue, the Minsk agreement in this part should be done and everything should be back as the one and the other side to their family home to his family. We have, I am sure, will be the second stage of the exchange, which will complete and implement in full the principle «all for all»», — said Medvedchuk.

On Monday, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill met in the Danilov monastery with the head of DNR Alexander Zakharchenko, the acting head LNR Leonid Beekeeper and leader of the public movement «the Ukrainian choice — the right of the people», by the representative of Kiev in humanitarian subgroup Viktor Medvedchuk.

The meeting was an agreement that the exchange of prisoners in the Donbass will be held on December 27. The agreement began to be worked, November 15, when during a visit to the new Jerusalem resurrection monastery Medvedchuk appealed to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin with the request to support the exchange of prisoners and received a positive response.

The exchange of prisoners between Kiev and Donbass will continue, said MedvedchukThe implementation of the Minsk agreements

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