: Diplomats from G7 call on Russia to release Ukraine's Savchenko
Politics13:15 Mar. 16, 2016

Diplomats from G7 call on Russia to release Ukraine's Savchenko

UN expresses concern over Ukrainian fighter pilot's well-being and her detention in Russia

Ambassadors of the G7 countries in Ukraine are calling for Russia to release Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadiya Savchenko. The top diplomats are also calling for the release of other Ukrainians being held hostage by Russian authorities.

Watch also World diplomats insist Savchenko's kidnappers must be punished

The UN has also expressed concern over Savchenko's detention.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: "On Nadiya Savchenko I can tell you the secretary general has been following the situation of Savchenko who is the subject of judicial proceedings in the Rostov region or Russia very closely. He is relieved that she has announced an end to her dry hunger strike. The secretary general urges the authorities to observe due process and fair trial rights of Ms. Savchenko." 

Watch also 'Nadiya Savchenko - one of the most striking people I've ever met'

A so-called Savchenko list may be adopted in Europe. In Estonia during a parliamentary session MPs called to bar Russians connected with Savchenko's illegal detention from entering the country.

Czech diplomats meanwhile insist anyone involved in the Ukrainian pilot's kidnap in eastern Ukraine in the summer of 2014 must be added to Russia sanctions list.

Watch also Ukrainian residents vow to stage rallies for Savchenko's release before March 21 verdict

The 34-year-old Ukrainian pilot is on trial for the involvement in the deaths of two Russian journalists as well as crossing Russia's border illegally. Savchenko says she was smuggled into Russia by militant forces an hour before the journalists were killed. A verdict is expected around March 21.

Watch also Fighting for the rights of Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia

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