: E.U. Parliamentarians ask Putin to release Ukrainians illegally held in Russia

13:19 Apr. 14, 2016

E.U. Parliamentarians ask Putin to release Ukrainians illegally held in Russia

A general view of the plenary room in the European Parliament during the debate on the measures to fight the terrorism. November 25, 2015 in Strasbourg, France (Getty images)

MEPs slam Savchenko verdict as ‘politically-orchestrated shameful decision of the Russian court'

46 members of the European Parliament wrote an open letter to the President of Russia, urging Vladimir Putin to ‘respect his own commitments and obligations and immediately and unconditionally release Nadiya Savchenko, as well as Oleh Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko and other citizens of Ukraine illegally imprisoned in Russia.'

The deputies stressed that they would never recognise the verdict against Nadiya Savchenko, which they regard as illegal and fabricated.

"We strongly criticise this politically-orchestrated shameful decision of the Russian court and we call on the Russian Federation to stop violating the international humanitarian law and, in particular, the Third Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War of 12 August 1949," the letter says.

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"We also wish to remind you that under the Minsk Agreements the Russian Federation has agreed to the exchange of all hostages and illegally detained people on the basis of the all-to-all principle and call for its full implementation," it goes on further.

Members of the European Parliament also voiced their concern as to the fragile state of health of Ukrainian military pilot, who is already undergoing the eighth day of her full hunger strike.

"We point out that this is you who will be personally and directly responsible for not preventing a tragic outcome before it becomes too late," the deputies stated.

The Ukrainian prisoner requests to receive medical assistance from Ukrainian or international doctors and refuses to be treated at a Russian hospital. At the same time, the Federal Penitentiary Service insists on Savchenko's hospitalization.

The letter is available here

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