Poroshenko on prisoner swap: Nothing more important than return of our people
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko thanked the relatives of the Ukrainian hostages for their faith in the Ukrainian state and a joint struggle, the president's press service reported following the president's meeting with families of hostages held Tuesday, ahead of the announced swap on December 27.
“Nothing is more important than to return our people home,” Petro Poroshenko said.
The Head of State emphasized that the work on the liberation had continued 24/7 over the recent days for all the necessary legal mechanisms to be applied.
The President used all the opportunities of the international pressure: from the Normandy format to our partners from the U.S., from the church to the negotiating group, from the Trilateral Contact Group to the OSCE and international organizations, from the ICRC to the Commissioner for Human Rights. “Everyone was involved and worked as a single mechanism to make tomorrow possible,” Petro Poroshenko stressed.
Read alsoOSCE's special envoy on Donbas prisoner swap: Conditions of dignity should be providedThe President emphasized that the exchange was possible including due to the Minsk agreements, as they clearly envisage such procedure.
The Head of State informed that every liberated Ukrainian would be provided proper medical care.
He also addressed the Government to provide the liberated Ukrainians and their families with material aid to facilitate their adaptation.