Representative of the Ukrainian delegation at the Minsk talks to settle the situation in the Donbas Roman Bezsmertnyi told Censor.NET.
"The Geneva Convention defines the treatment of prisoners and the procedure for their exchange, but in this case the parameters of the conflict must clearly match the notion of war, the aggressor must be defined," Bezsmertnyi said.
According to him, the separatists insisted on the "Chechen scenario", which provided possibility to evade punishment mainly for the Russian military personnel who had committed crimes in the territory of the Chechen Republic in the course of the "restoration of the constitutional order" in 1993-1995 and in the early 2000s.
"We cannot accept this interpretation since the Ukrainian soldiers have been defending their homeland. They performed their duty," Bezsmertnyi said.
According to him, the process of granting amnesty envisaged by the current legislation requires trial, conviction, and verdict, which may be followed by the decision to grant amnesty. However, from the point of view of Kyiv, the Ukrainian servicemen cannot be subjects to such a trial only due to their participation in the anti- terrorist operation. In turn, the militants, who expect the amnesty, have to be judged, since they have violated the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The interlocutor of Censor.NET stressed that this issue remained one of the most controversial during negotiations in Minsk.
According to Bezsmertnyi, the negotiations will continue tonight and tomorrow.