An Agency source “Interfax” familiar with the situation, said that a possible exchange for the Ukrainian army Hope Savchenko considers several candidates, including Alexander Alexandrov and Evgeny Erofeev, who are being tried in Ukraine for participation in hostilities in the Donbass. Kiev calls them “fighters FCU”, in Russia they say former members.
“Potentially as candidates for the exchange considers a number of citizens of Russia, held in Kiev, including are sitting in jail. Among them is Alexander Alexandrov and Evgeny Erofeev, but there are other citizens”, — said the Agency interlocutor, adding that the final decision is still pending. He added that the question of a possible exchange of the Ukrainian pilot is outside of the discussion of the tripartite contact group to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.
After the verdict Savchenko sources of “Interfax” reported that Savchenko can be exchanged including Russians Viktor bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko, who are serving long prison terms in the U.S. for the sale of arms and drug smuggling, respectively. However, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow said that such an option is not considered. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin had not heard about the option exchange Savchenko bout and Yaroshenko.
Earlier on Friday the official representative of the RCDS Vladimir Markin in his column of the newspaper “Evening Chelyabinsk” has written that the possibility of exchange Savchenko on “good and honest people” who are in “the Kiev dungeon.”
The press service of the TFR said that this is “copyrighted material” Markina and press service it “does” not comment. The question is whether the opinion is Markin that Savchenko can be exchanged for detainees in Ukraine Russian military, the official position of the TFR, the employee of the press service gave no explanation.
22 March 2016 the Donetsk town court of the Rostov region declared Savchenko is guilty of murder of journalists of VGTRK of Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin in the Donbas in the summer of 2014 and sentenced her to 22 years in a General regime colony.