: Radio Liberty: Kremlin says Ukrainian pilot 'will serve' her sentence

12:42 Mar. 27, 2016

Radio Liberty: Kremlin says Ukrainian pilot 'will serve' her sentence

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

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said Kyiv was ready to swap Savchenko for Russian prisoners

The Kremlin says Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko will serve her 22-year prison sentence handed down by a Russian court, despite Kyiv's pushing for a prisoner exchange.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "With Savchenko, the situation is as simple and understandable as possible. Savchenko is a convict... She will serve her sentence."

Watch also Ukraine Today's interview with Ilya Novikov, one of Savchenko's lawyers: "Nadiya Savchenko could possibly return to Ukraine soon"

In excerpts from a televised interview published on March 26, Peskov denied any decision had been taken on Savchenko's release or exchange.

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