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Five Ukrainian soldiers were wounded in battles along the front line in the past day, and Russia-backed forces launched 45 attacks on Ukrainian positions, bringing the fighting back up to a level it was before recent weeks of international talks on Ukraine.
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o Trilateral Contact Group Negotiating POWs, Separation of Forces and Water Issues
Olifer said that Ukrainian detention facilities were open to international monitors and that the ICRC had made more than 70 visits to 21 penitentiaries.
Regarding the POW exchange, Olifer said:
“Ukraine is prepared for a compromise and humanism on the issue of releasing the POWs, if only to unblock this process. For example, after an official appeal from the OSCE recently, the measures of restraint were changed for a seriously ill convict, I.P. imprisoned for crimes related to the conflict. We appealed to the ORDO [“certain regions of Donetsk Region”, the acronym used to refer to the DNR–The Interpreter] with the request to show humanism and change the measures of restraint for I. Kozlovsky, and also 5 teenagers who are detained for “subversion,” so that the children could return to their families who live in Donetsk, in fact.”
Darya Morozova, the ombudsperson of the DNR claimed that Kiev had not responded to any of its proposals for conducting an exchange of prisoners and “was not prepared for a constructive dialogue.”
o DNR Reports Chemical Plant Fire in Avdeyevka and Obstacles in POW Exchange
The news service of the self-declared “Donetsk People’s Republic” reported that Ukrainian 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade had fired on the Avdeyevka coke factory at 17:00, which caused a fire to break out.