Donbas conflict: Savchenko admits visiting militants in Donbas warzone

11:39 Oct. 13, 2016

Savchenko admits visiting militants in Donbas warzone

Nadia Savchenko (center) stands near the Ukrainian Parliament (GettyImages Photo)

Ukraine's MP says she talked to people who had held her hostage

Nadiya Savchenko had recently visited the conflict region in eastern Ukraine, and even had a chat with militants.  

She said that while delivering a speech on the Ukrainian issue at PACE session, Ukrainian news agency Yevropeyska Pravda reports.

Read also: Following footsteps of Savchenko case

‘I visited the occupied territory in Donbas not long ago, and talked to people, who had held me hostage, strange as it may sound', Savchenko said.

The politician explained, her trip had helped her understand that people in the conflict zone ‘regret they took up arms'.

‘They have understood what Russia is, and what they are dealing with. 70 percent of the people, and even those who captured me, regret that they took up arms and now want to return to Ukraine', Savchenko claimed.

Read also: Luhansk militant leader is to create task group on talks with Savchenko

‘But now it is not so simple, because Russian officers now command every division in armies of the so-called LPR and DPR', she added.

Earlier a Ukrainian journalist claimed that Savchenko had tried to enter the conflict zone to meet with the militant leadership, but had been stop by Ukrainian soldiers.

Savchenko denied the allegations. 

Source: eurointegration.com.ua (in Ukrainian)

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