Ukraine Conflict: Russia rejects release of Nadiya Savchenko
The parties to the conflict in eastern Ukraine have agreed to a prisoner exchange. But Russia refuses to release the detained Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko. Moscow accuses her of the murder of two journalists.
Moscow – Nadiya Savchenko is 33 years old. She was pilot of the Ukrainian army and fought as volunteers in eastern Ukraine. The end of June, she was arrested in Russia, before they had apparently been kidnapped by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
Now the pilot in Moscow on trial. Russia accuses her of having received the Ukrainian army the position of two Russian journalists who were killed in June near the town of Luhansk in an attack by government forces. The charges against Savchenko is on premeditated murder.
In Minsk Agreement Kievan government and the separatists had agreed to exchange all prisoners on Thursday. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that Sawtschenko would soon be freed. 7 pictures Nadezhda Savchenko: Hero of Ukraine
But now the Kremlin Opposes. President Vladimir Putin has made it clear in Minsk, that will investigation Savchenko and a court’ decide their guilt or innocence’ needs, said government spokesman Dmitry Peskov. A release of the pilot was therefore excluded.
For supporters of the Ukrainian government Savchenko is a folk hero. She was elected to parliament in October and is a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. For almost two months, the woman is on hunger strike.