On Thursday, 3 December, Ukrainian ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova met with Darya Morozova, a representative of the so-called DNR occupation authorities, to discuss the transfer of prisoners currently held in territory uncontrolled by the Ukrainian government.

During the meeting, the Ukrainian side received more than 28 volumes of a Ukrainian citizen’s criminal case. The citizen has been fighting for 20 years to prove her innocence in court.

Besides, the parties agreed to transfer to the Ukrainian authorities 125 criminal proceedings against 133 Ukrainian citizens who had been prosecuted before the Russian military aggression and who are currently being kept in Ukrainian-controlled territory.

“The issue of transferring 300 convicts, who have been in prisons since the military aggression started, to further serving their sentences in the controlled territory, was considered positively. This can be done after the end of the pandemic,” Denisova wrote on her Facebook page.

She added that the issue of releasing civilians and prisoners of war held in the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk region was also discussed.

“There are technical issues that need to be clarified, but the negotiating side is ready to organise this process entirely. I hope that all the agreements will be implemented soon, ” the ombudsman summed up.

Bohdan Marusyak


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