: U.S. Department of State condemns Russian court's verdict against Savchenko

11:26 Mar. 23, 2016

U.S. Department of State condemns Russian court's verdict against Savchenko

Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko smiles in a glass cage inside court, in the town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, March 22, 2016 (AP Photo)

'Savchenko  deserves to go home to her family and friends and to join her colleagues in the Rada' - U.S. Department of State 

The U.S. Department of State released its official statement concerning the Russian court's unjust verdict against Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko.

Watch also Savchenko behind bars: Putin's attempt to 'humiliate Ukraine'

"The conviction and sentencing of Nadiya Savchenko to 22 years imprisonment show a blatant disregard for the principles of justice and contravene Russia's commitments under the Minsk agreements", Deparment's official press statement says.

"Nadiya Savchenko deserves to go home to her family and friends and to join her colleagues in the Rada in building a better future for their country. We reiterate our call on Russia to immediately release Nadiya Savchenko and other unlawfully detained persons."

Watch also Kyiv calls Savchenko trial 'kangaroo court', says it is ready to do prisoner swap deal

Yesterday (March 22) Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko was sentenced to 22 years in prison by a Russian court. Judges found her guilty on charges of complicity in the deaths of two Russian journalists and of crossing the Russian border illegally. 

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