: BREAKING: Savchenko on plane bound for Ukraine from Russia

14:44 May. 25, 2016

BREAKING: Savchenko on plane bound for Ukraine from Russia

#FreeSavchenko campaign in Kyiv (UNIAN Photo)

Ukrainian pilot and MP swapped for Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine 

Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko is aboard the Ukrainian President's plane back home to Ukraine.

She was reportedly swapped for the two Russian captured soldiers, on May 25. The swap took place in Russia's Rostov. 

The plane will land in Kyiv, at the Boryspil international airport at no later than 14.45 (Kyiv time), on May 25. This was reported by Ukraine's MP Ihor Lutsenko on Facebook.

At 15.15 (Kyiv time) Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko will make a statement for media.  

STORY: On May 24 Petro Poroshenko sent his plane to Russia's Rostov to bring home Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko who was illegally sentenced and jailed in Russia.

When Savchenko's guilty verdict was announced on May 22, Ukrainian President Poroshenko said that Ukraine was ready to transfer the soldiers to Russia in return for the release of Nadiya Savchenko.

Read also Ukrainian President's plane lands in Russia Rostov to bring Savchenko home

On April 24, Poroshenko said that he agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin on terms of Savchenko's release. On April 29, Savchenko filled in all the necessary documents for extradition.

"We will do everything possible for Nadia to return home as soon as possible. I'll do everything to bring her back this month," on May 23 Poroshenko told journalists in Turkey answering a question about a possible swap of Savchenko for two Russian servicemen convicted in Ukraine.

On March 22 Nadiya Savchenko was sentenced by a Russian court to spend 22 years in prison for being involved in the deaths of two Russian journalists in the Donbas warzone in 2014 and for illegally crossing the Ukrainian-Russian border. Savchenko denies the charges. Human rights organizations, the OSCE, some UN Security Council members and the European Parliament have all called for her release.

Russian Special Forces servicemen Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Yevgeniy Yerofeyev are sentenced to 14 years behind bars and asset seizure.

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