Denis Pushilin: Absolutely any political prisoner in Ukraine turned into criminal accused of serious crimes
The principle of exchange of “all for all” is supported at all levels and by the “Normandy format”, as well as by the President of Ukraine, Denis Pushilin, the Permanent Plenipotentiary in the negotiations of the Contact Group in Minsk, the Chairman of the People’s Council of the DPR, stated in the Vesti programme’s studio on air of the Russian channel “Russia 24”.
“The conflict is not over yet, and the list of prisoners from Ukraine’s part constantly replenishes – new political prisoners appear. Therefore, the subgroup on humanitarian issues reached an agreement on the exchange of all persons established at a certain point in time. This does not mean that the last stage will come. It will come only when the conflict is resolved, and it will be possible to talk about the full implementation of the principle of “all for all,” the plenipotentiary representative said.
According to Denis Pushilin, Kiev is constantly trying to find various tricks in order not to give prisoners, and re-qualifies detainees’ charges for more serious ones.
“Absolutely every political prisoner in Ukraine is turned into a man accused of grave crimes. To do this, he can be ‘found’ with weapons or grenades, and he immediately becomes a criminal who is allegedly no longer subject to exchange.
For comparison: all those held at ours are people who were detained on the battlefield with weapons in their hands, people who destroyed the civilian population. Is this not the most serious crime? Nevertheless, we are ready to return them. And the Ukrainian party even tries to “re-qualify” even political prisoners and not give it away.
This is the main problem that has arisen at a certain point in time. Earlier, Ukraine returned people even with heavy charges, and this was not a problem for it, it did not violate Ukraine’s legislation. Now Kiev as much as possible delays the process, and only active intervention of the President of the Russian Federation, probably, will push the situation to the fact that by the end of the year we will achieve a big exchange,” the envoy added.