The US welcomed the exchange of hostages and called on Russia to end the conflict in the Donbas
The United States welcomed the exchange of hostages between the Ukrainian government and Pro-Russian militants.
This is stated in the statement of the representative of the state Department Heather Nauert, reports “Interfax-Ukraine”.
“This exchange is a step towards the implementation of the Minsk agreements,” she said.
Videoerin Gerashchenko told the details of the exchange of hostages and possible new exchanges
Deputy speaker of Parliament has told, what difficulties befell the Ukrainians during the negotiations, what was the reaction of the Ukrainian soldiers for liberation, and promised to fight for the liberation of all Ukrainian hostages.
Heather Nauert also noted that Washington calls on the parties to the conflict to fully implement their commitments under the Minsk agreements, in particular the full exchange of detainees.
The EU responded to the exchange of hostages in the Donbas
“Russia, which started this conflict and supports it with strong leadership paramilitary forces that daily attack positions of the Ukrainian army, should undertake to kill him,” – reads the statement of the state Department.
Washington also assured that the USA are ready to cooperation with France, Germany and Ukraine to cooperate with Russia to implement the Minsk agreements, in particular “by sending to the region peacekeeping force with broad powers to maintain security.”
In the Kremlin commented on the possibility of exchange of detained Ukrainians in Russia
Recall, December 27 at the Donbass was held this year’s first exchange of prisoners between the conflicting parties in the Donbass. The Ukrainian government gave the separatists 233 people, and controlled Kiev territory returned 73 hostage.
According to the security Service of Ukraine captured by the separatists in the Donbas are still 103 people. Special representative of Ukraine for humanitarian Affairs in the Tripartite contact group Viktor Medvedchuk said that the following exchange could take place in January 2018.
- The state Department
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