: Vira Savchenko in Rostov-on-Don after being blocked from leaving Russia
News11:21 Apr. 28, 2016

Vira Savchenko in Rostov-on-Don after being blocked from leaving Russia

After being detained by Russian authorities on border Vira escaped from possible arrest in a diplomatic car 

Vira Savchenko, the sister of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, is awaiting her issue to be solved at the Ukraine's consulate building in the city of Rostov-on-Don. Her sister's lawyer Ilya Novikov stated on Thursday morning, April 28th, Vira's destiny is being decided at the highest diplomatic level.

Vira Savchenko arrived in Russia to meet with her sister Nadiya Savchenko who is currently being kept in remand after having been sentenced to 22 years behind bars. On Wednesday, April 27th, Vira reported the chief officer of Russia's Novocherkassk detention center has given her sister a package of documents supposedly needed for her extradition to Ukraine.

Read also Savchenko getting ready for extradition

Late Wednesday, April 27th, Ukraine's permanent representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmytro Kuleba reported Russian law-enforcement officers detained Vira Savchenko on her way back to Ukraine, borrowing away her passport on purpose of further interrogation.

Together with the Ukrainian consul she locked themselves in a diplomatic car. After many hours of awaiting they were allowed to leave for the Ukrainian consulate in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.

The Russian border guards claim that Vira Savchenko is wanted by the Russian police for insulting of a Chechen judge in the case of Ukrainian citizens Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh.

Her sister and Ukrainian pilot 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.

Read also Russian court finds Ukrainian pilot Savchenko guilty; sentences her to 22 years 

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.

Read also Savchenko to be swapped for Russian GRU officers by late May – media

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