: 'Savchenko's release is already settled with Putin' - Ukrainian President
News16:11 Apr. 26, 2016

'Savchenko's release is already settled with Putin' - Ukrainian President

Pilot's lawyer says he is skeptical about Poroshenko's claims

Savchenko's lawyers are doubting that she will be released anytime soon. In response to Ukrainian Presidents comments on Nadiya Savcenko's possibly return home for Easter.

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"I would like to share the Poroshenko's optimism concerning 'few weeks before release', but I feel like opposite," Mark Feygin posted on his Twitter account. Feygin also noted that his skeptical position could possibly serve as an additional motive to encourage the Kremlin to launch the exchange process. 

As UNIAN reported, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said that he had strong hope for the forthcoming release of the kidnapped and illegally sentenced Ukrainian pilot. He also promised Savchenko will be brought to Ukraine on a presidential plane, as soon as she is freed from the Russian prison.

Watch also Poroshenko calls Putin to facilitate release of Nadiya Savchenko

Nadiya Savchenko was kidnapped by Russian-backed separatist forces in 2014 and forcibly transferred to Russia where she was accused of killing two Russian journalists and illegally crossing the border with Russia. After nearly two-years on trial, Savchenko was convicted and sentenced to 22 years behind bars and a 1, 000 U.S. dollar fine.

Shortly after the sentence had been announced Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko stated his readiness to exchange Nadiya Savchenko for the two Russian servicemen captured in Luhansk region in May of 2015. On April 18th, both men were convicted of conducting aggressive war and participating in terrorist organizations, and sentenced to 14 years in prison and asset seizure.


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