In 2017, Russia ignored the exchange of POWs and political prisoners kept in Donbas and Russia, Rada deputy Speaker and member of the tri-party group on settling the conflict Iryna Herashchenko said, TCH reported Oct. 1.
The prisoner exchange talks have been blocked by Russia. Moreover, Moscow uses the issue to blackmail Ukraine, Herashchenko said.
Ukrainian POWs cannot wait for the deployment of peace-makers. Ukraine must push the exchange issue to the top of its agenda, she said.
The POWs and Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar political prisoners, many of whom had been jailed for 3 years now must be released, she said.
The list of Ukrainians imprisoned by the rebels and Russians includes 144 persons, she reminded.