14:20 Sep. 15, 2015
Mark Feygin says the two came to Ukraine on their own will whereas Savchenko was kidnapped
One of Nadiya Savchenko's lawyers Mark Feygin says Savchenko does not think the case of the two Russian servicemen convicted in Ukraine is in any way similar to her's.
Although both cases were proceeded concurrently, wrote Feygin on his Twitter account, they cannot be considered identical.
Mark Feygin stresses that Nadiya Savchenko was captured and forcibly taken to Russia, where later Russian authorities accused her of killing two of their citizens. At the same time, both Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov came to Ukraine on their own will, fighting for the illegal Russian-backed separatist organisations.
Савченко была похищена и перевезена в РФ, российские спецназовцы оказались в Украине сами. Это принципиальная разница.— Mark Feygin (@mark_feygin) April 19, 2016
Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko was captured in July 2014, she was then kidnapped and taken to Russia. Russian prosecutors accused her of killing two Russian journalists in Luhansk region and illegally crossing the Ukrainian-Russian border. In spite of her denying the charges, Savchenko was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison on March 22nd.
Rally in support of Nadiya Savchenko in the front of the Russian Embassy in Kyiv (UNIAN Photo)
On April 6, the verdict came into force, and Savchenko immediately declared a full hunger strike. Numerous world leaders, political institutions, and human rights organisations, among them the E.U. Parliament and U.N. members, call on Kremlin to immediately release the Ukrainian pilot.
On late April 18, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss the possible exchange of Savchenko for the convicted Russian servicemen.
For now, the leaders have settled on the fact that the Consul General of Ukraine in Rostov should be allowed to visit Savchenko, along with the delegation of Ukrainian or German doctors.