Donetsk, Apr 28 - DAN. Ukrainian representatives met relatives of detained DPR supporters and the group proceeded towards Mariupol for the POW verification procedure, DPR ombudswoman Darya Morozova said on Friday.
“Ukrainian representatives have just met mothers and wives of prisoners-of-war,” Morozova said. A Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) officer guarantied the women’s safety in the Ukrainian territory.
Mariupol is the first venue in the verification procedure; the group will visit seven prisons overall.
Earlier on Friday, a group of four women who are relatives of detained DPR militiamen went to the Maryinka crossing point west of Donetsk where SBU officers had to meet them and accompany during the verification procedure.
However, Ukraine’s Border Service had been keeping the SBU officers from coming to the agreed venue of the meeting for a long time.
Verification determines if the prisoners, upon their release, wish to stay in Ukraine or in Donbass republics. It was discussed for a long time in the Belarussian capital as part of the accords on all-for-all prisoner exchange and amnesty for all Donbass conflict participants. *jk