‘Large-scale exchange of POWs is sabotaged by the adversary,’ says Ukraine

Russian forces (R) armed with assault rifles with bayonets escort a column of Ukrainian prisoners of war during a military parade across central Donetsk on August 24, 2014. Parading POWs this way is a violation of the Geneva Convention. (Image: Maxim Shemetov, REUTERS)

Russian forces (R) armed with assault rifles with bayonets escort a column of Ukrainian prisoners of war during a military parade across central Donetsk on August 24, 2014. Parading POWs this way is a violation of the Geneva Convention. (Image: Maxim Shemetov, REUTERS) 

2015/07/07 • War in the Donbas

Militants have been sabotaging the process of detainee exchange, the speaker of the Presidential Administration Andrii Lysenko said at a traditional Monday briefing while answering journalists’ questions.

“The adversary does not cooperate. Large-scale exchange does not take place. The Ukrainian side has been trying to initiate these exchanges, but we have not seen response from the opponent in the past six weeks,” – said Lysenko.


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Translated by: A. N.

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  • Brent

    Russia and its terrorists have no credibility and their ‘word’ means nothing anymore. Start with Russia’s failure to abide by the Budapest Memorandum and carry it all the way through Putin’s and Lavrov’s lies about “protecting Russian speakers”, Russian troops not being in Ukraine, and the failure of Russia and its stooges to comply with any part of the Minsk Accords and they have shown they cannot be believed or trusted. Anyone silly enough to believe their lies or their willingness to ‘negotiate’ or ‘be involved in broader’ discussions is a fool.

  • Nowhere Girl

    Russia is unwilling to exchange POWs also because it doesn’t care about “its own” people. Denial (I can still remember Putin almost laughing in the Canadian PM’s face, saing that Russia can’t get out of Ukraine because “they are not there”), burying killed soldiers in secret, criminalization of telling the truth about their deaths (families are expected to claim they died in a training accident), preventing families of POWs from contacting them…