The sub-group on humanitarian issues working in Minsk on the settlement of the fall in the South-East of Ukraine, until are unable to come To a consensus on key issues, among them the exchange of prisoners and to cease criminal prosecution, told reporters on Thursday the Deputy head EMERCOM of Russia Vladimir Stepanov, in the subgroup representing the Russian side.
The sub-group on humanitarian problems generated from the commissioners of Ukraine, Donetsk, Lugansk, Russia and the OSCE.
"For the past 2 months We have been actively meet, in practice each week. Sorry it should be noted that progress achieved in the implementation of the Minsk agreements. The exchange of illegal detainees, Questions that are not the decision on Amnesty and stop the persecution of these people are in place, " said Stepanov.
according to him, such Issues are widely discussed, however, all work stops when you try to make a concrete decision or implement it in practice." A lot of discussions, but there are a lot of contradictions. So, the decision was made to exchange all for all, but progress to do it, no no, " said the Russian Commissioner.
He said that the next meeting of the subgroup will be held on June 16, on the agenda is expected to bring the Issue of the blockade of settlements South-East of Ukraine, which threatens to cause a humanitarian catastrophe.
"We will again discuss humanitarian Issues in the complex. To focus on the issue organized by Kiev's blockade of Donbass. There currently has been a very difficult situation, settlements stop the flow of water and break power supply ", - said Stepanov.
The Ukrainian authorities began in April last year in the Donbass military operation against dissatisfied with the coup d'etat of residents of the region. According to the summary data of the UN, the victims of the conflict were about 6, 5 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed as well as among them during the meeting in Minsk of the contact group, which since September of last year already took 3 of the document governing the steps to de-escalate the conflict.
The last document is dated 12 February - in addition to the ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons and creating a security zone, obliges the Authorities of Ukraine to engage in direct dialogue with the authorized DND and LNR, for example, on the issue of conduct in local elections, entering into the Constitution of Ukraine of change, involving the decentralization of Power, as well as on the issue of legislative recognition of special status of separate districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions"