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 Four issues still pending in Minsk talks, - Ukrainian representative Bezsmertnyi

Representative of Ukraine to Minsk talks political sub-group Roman Bezsmertnyi explained what issues turn out to be a stumbling stone in the process.

As reported by Censor.NET citing LIGA, according to him, the issues cover transitional justice, amnesty, electoral immunity, and electoral security.

"A small part of transitional justice process is the issue of amnesty, electoral immunity, and electoral security. For example, the amnesty is impossible without demilitarization and demobilization," he said.

According to Bezsmertnyi, the opposite side insists on the army corps becoming people's militia.

"There are five conditions of the amnesty in accordance with international practice. Starting from the issue of security and ending with the funding of the process, involving all parties to the conflict. There is a question here: what about Russia and the Russian military?" Bezsmertnyi noted.

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"The premise is to swap illegally held hostages and launch the legal procedure. These are key points which are absolutely impossible to implement. They reject each item and fail to understand the process. And the dialogue does not make sense," the diplomat remarked.

"Amnesty. This process concerns Ukrainian participants to the conflict. And what are Russian ones doing in the Donbas? The principle of truth and justice stipulates satisfaction for those affected by Motorola, Kozitsin, and the like. What kind of satisfaction can you get in this case?" he noted.

Bezsmertnyi also said that the Russian side offers treating them by the same amnesty principles which were applied to the Maidan activists.

"But there were no armed people on Maidan. They were in government-controlled territory. And here, in the occupied Donbas, we see armed people who are not going to lay down their weapons," Ukrainian representative to the Minsk talks noted.

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