In the evening of December 29, on the outskirts of Gorlovka in the PPC "Majorsk" area the handover of prisoners took place. After long negotiations, which never seemed to get the ball rolling, at the end Ukraine decided to hand over people whom it kept in captivity.
It's hard to say what the catalyst for such a decision was. But two days earlier Donetsk People's Republic handed over two prisoners to the Ukrainian side as a goodwill gesture. Now 15 persons returned home: ten – in Donetsk and five – in Lugansk.
"In this list, there are 6 women, one girl, Alexandra Andrienko – we have been waiting for her for a very long time. This girl has suffered such things that not every grown man can bear. This is a gesture of goodwill on the part of Ukraine," said Daria Morozova, Commissioner for Human Rights in the DPR.
There are eight men and seven women among the released.
"But I remind you that these people, which we released as a goodwill gesture, there are 80 people, including the last two women whom we handed over a few days ago. We are committed to exchange fully, we are willing to exchange all for all even now, as it is spelled out in the Minsk memorandum, but, nevertheless, the Ukrainian side is trying to falsify the lists and so on," Morozova said.
There are severely ill people among former prisoners.
"Alina, I’m free. Don’t cry, it’s okay," said in the phone one of the released prisoners.
The handover procedure included Commissioner for Human Rights in the DPR Daria Morozova, from the LPR – Head of the Working Group on the exchange of war prisoners Olga Koptseva.
DONi News Agency / OPLOT TV