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 Russia refuses to talk release of hostages and political prisoners, - Iryna Herashchenko

Ukraine’s representative to the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Herashchenko said that Russia representatives refused to hold negotiations on the release of hostages.

Censor.NET reports citing Herashchenko’s Facebook page.

"Minsk. Our representative in the TCG Yevhen Marchuk and four groups of Ukrainian negotiators emphasized the key steps for ending the war in Donbas. Firstly, an immediate abolition of pseudo election ‘results’ in the occupied Donbas territory, as well as the dissolution of all illegitimate government institutions. Strict adherence by Russia and its puppets to the provisions of Minsk agreements, namely, the ceasefire regime and troops and equipment withdrawal. Recognition of Crimea and the Azov Sea as Ukrainian territories. We insist on the presence of OSCE SMM at a permanent monitoring point in Kerch. Ukrainian sailors have to be released. We condemn the actions of the Russian ombudsman Moskalkova, who was absent at the hearings and cancelled a meeting with the Ukrainian ombudsman Liudmyla Denisova.

"We demand to call an immediate meeting of the TCG and a humanitarian subgroup to unblock the process of releasing hostages and political prisoners and condemn the destructive position of Russia which says openly it will block all sound initiatives and is waiting for a change of power in Ukraine.

"We drew the OSCE coordinators’ attention to constant disruption of the ceasefire regime by Russia in Donbas.

"We are not going to stop our efforts during the election campaign and will continue to struggle for the release of hostages and political prisoners. The TCG raised the question of Yasynuvata teenagers release and we hope for a quick progress on the issue."

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3106966