Savchenko's health deteriorating while she continues her full hunger strike
Savchenko stops full hunger strike - Poroshenko
Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko illegally imprisoned in Russia has stopped her full hunger strike.
After almost two weeks without food and water she begins to consume liquids again.
Savchenko has agreed to do it after a conversation with the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
"Just had a phone talk with Nadiya Savchenko. Along with her mother and sister asked her to stop the strike. Thank you for agreeing", posted Poroshenko on Facebook. Full story
Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko is holding the phone talks with Nadiya Savchenko, together with her mother and sister (UNIAN Photo)
Savchenko's case is not similar to the convicted Russian soldiers - lawyer
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.
Rally in support of Nadiya Savchenko in the front of the Russian Embassy in Kyiv (UNIAN Photo)
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. Full story
Poroshenko calls Putin to facilitate release of Nadiya Savchenko
On late April 18, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held the phone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the release of Ukrainian female pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko, according to the Ukrainian president's press service.
"Poroshenko said Ukraine urges Russia to immediately release Nadiya Savchenko," says the press service. Full story
Debate on Savchenko postponed
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has postponed the debates on the Ukrainian pilot and PACE member Nadiya Savchenko who is illegally convicted and imprisoned in Russia, until April 21. Chair of Ukrainian delegation to PACE Volodymyr Ariev has reported about this decision on Facebook.
Ariev said, a special part of the report on prisoners of war is expected to be prepared by the time of the debates, including information on other Ukrainians held in Russia.
Meanwhile, PACE President Pedro Agramunt calls Russian authorities to release PACE member Nadiya Savchenko.
"At the beginning of the April 2016 part-session, I have to reiterate once again my serious concerns about the situation of our member, Nadiya Savchenko, who remains in detention in the Russian Federation. I deplore her continued detention and call once again for her release, including in line with the provisions of the General Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Council of Europe,and Russia's commitments under the Minsk agreements," the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Pedro Agramunt, said on April 18.
Savchenko 'at the breaking point' – lawyer
The heath condition of Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian pilot illegally convicted and imprisoned in Russia, is critical. One of Savchenko's lawyers Ilya Novikov says she is "at the breaking point."
"If Nadiya's sister Vira had not persuaded her yesterday to take infusions, her state would be extremely serious. She is at the breaking point, she is exhausted," Novikov added.
The lawyer said there are "more or less reasonable ground to believe she will hold on for several days until we have a better understanding of the possible swap." Full story
In this Wednesday, March 9, 2016 file photo Ukrainian jailed military officer Nadiya Savchenko as she sits in a glass cage during a trial in the town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia (AP Photo)
Russian soldiers to be swapped for Savchenko as long as she is alive - lawyer
Ilya Novikov, lawyer of Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko (illegally imprisoned and convicted in Russia) said that she can be exchanged for two Russian servicemen Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Yevgeniy Yerofeyev. They were captured in eastern Ukraine and currently being tried in Kyiv.
"According to my information, though unofficial, there is the only negotiable swap option - they must be swapped only for Nadiya (Savchenko) and only as long as she is alive. There are some other candidates for a possible exchange of Oleh Sentsov and other (Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia). It looks like that these terms are realized and accepted (by Russia)", Novikov wrote on Facebook.
Meanwhile Valentina Cherevatenko, member of the Public Oversight Commission said, according to Oleg Mezentzev: "The information has been confirmed: Nadiya's health condition is critical. According to the doctor who examined her, it will kill her if she is transferred (to a prison settlement )", Full story
'An attempt to justify terrorism' - Russian Foreign Ministry on U.S. report
U.S. calls to release military pilot Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainians unjustly imprisoned in Russia are nothing more than ‘an attempt to justify terrorism and killing of journalists.' This is how Russia's Foreign Ministry reacted to the recent U.S. State Department's report on the global human rights situation. Full story
Savchenko's health main topic of conversation with Merkel and Hollande
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko held a telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on April 15.
Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande focused on the deteriorating health of Nadiya Savchenko and urged the Kremlin to immediately release her, as stated in the Minsk agreements. Full story
E.U. Parliamentarians ask Putin to release Ukrainians illegally held in Russia
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. Full story
Savchenko refuses to be transferred to hospital
The health of Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian pilot convicted and imprisoned in Russia, is much better, according to her lawyer Ilya Novikov who managed to visit her on Wednesday.
However, she still has "abnormal reactions such as freezing hands and fever," Novikov said Full story
Britain's minister for Europe calls for Savchenko's release
British Minister for Europe, David Lidington, has called on Russia to end the illegal detention of Nadiya Savchenko, according to an official statement.
"I am deeply concerned by reports that Nadiya Savchenko's health is seriously deteriorating," the statement reads. "She has now refused food and water for 7 days in protest against her illegal detention in Russia, flawed trial, judgment and sentence." Full story
Lithuania blacklists 46 for their role in Savchenko abduction and sentencing
Lithuania blacklisted several dozen Russians and Ukrainians for their role in the detention and sentencing of the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko and two other Ukrainians.
Those blacklisted include Russian investigators, prosecutors and judges, as well as separatists from the Ukrainian militant strongholds of Luhansk and Donetsk, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told Reuters. Full story
Savchenko doesn't need to be hospitalized - Russian doctors claim
Russian doctors assessed illegally convicted Ukrainian pilot's health as satisfactory, saying that she does not need to be hospitalized, Russia's state-owned news agency TASS reports.
Still, Nadiya Savchenko remains under the dynamic supervision of medical staff, and continues to receive necessary supporting therapy, the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service says. Full story
Nadiya Savchenko is currently undergoing her full hunger strike,protesting her abduction from Ukraine and illegal conviction.