Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Natalia Nikonorova commented the statements of the President of Ukraine office head

14 September 2020
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Ukrainian officials, in particular those leading the office of the President of Ukraine, continue to make statements that can only be called a senseless milling of the wind. We hear statements in the media regarding certain formed lists for the exchange of detainees.  Kiev really needs to express itself at the Minsk platform, but Ukrainian representatives do not make such bold statements. Rather, on the contrary, within the framework of the Contact Group negotiations, it is very difficult for us to get from the Ukrainian party any intelligible steps to actually prepare an exchange, not in words, but in deeds.
Because of Kiev, the previous two exchanges still cannot be considered fully completed, since we have not received documents from the Ukrainian representatives confirming the implementation of necessary procedural clearing. This is a gross violation of not only the agreements reached in Minsk, but also the rights and freedoms of citizens. Accordingly, it is not possible and expedient to carry out a new exchange without fully completing all the necessary formalities for already passed exchanges. 
Moreover, it is also necessary to take into account the fact that Kiev still has not canceled the resolution of the Verkhovna Rada on local elections, paragraph 4 of which is contrary to the Minsk agreements. Although we regularly, literally in every case of communication within the Contact Group, indicate to the representatives of Ukraine our principled position: without canceling or amending this resolution to eliminate contradictions with the Minsk agreements, progress in any area of work in accordance with these very Minsk agreements is impossible.
Thus, if the leadership of Ukraine really wants to not only declare, but actually bring closer the exchange of detainees, we recommend, first, to finally implement our demand to abolish the acts of the Ukrainian parliament that violate the Package of Measures, and, second, to fulfill undertaken obligations for the full completion of the exchanges that have already taken place.
As for the statements about reaching agreement on the admission of the International Committee of the Red Cross to the territory of the Republic, then we should to note either amnesia or insufficient awareness of the head of the Ukrainian president office, since this international organization has been operating in the DPR for more than 6 years.