12:42 Mar. 27, 2016
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.