As the press service of the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande called on Russia to release Ukrainian pilots Hope Savchenko, convicted in Russia for 22 years in prison.
“Petro Poroshenko has called on Russia to release all Ukrainian hostages, including Hope Savchenko, Gennady Afanasiev, Yuri Soloshenko”, — said the press service Poroshenko.
Poroshenko also called “invalid constant violation of the rights of Crimean Tatars in Russia-occupied Crimea” and urged the authorities to stop their persecution”, the report says.
Ukrainian pilots hope Savchenko was recognized by Russian court as a guilty in the death of Russian journalists and sentenced to 22 years in prison. The court came to the conclusion that in the summer of 2014 she fought in the Ukrainian battalion “Aydar” in Luhansk region and brought artillery fire on a film crew of VGTRK.
Nearly a month later, on 18 April, a court in Kiev has recognized Evgeny Erofeev and Alexander Alexandrov guilty of terrorism and participation in hostilities in the Donbass. They were sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Information about the transfer Savchenko Ukraine and Erofeeva and Alexandrov return to the homeland appeared at the end of April. The procedure assumes that the countries will give each other the defendants to serve their sentences at home. At the end of April, a lawyer Ukrainian pilots mark Feigin said about the beginning of procedure of extradition of Savchenko. To date she filed the necessary documents. While her plea she refused, but paid the fine in the case of illegal border crossing.
23 may on the eve of talks with the leaders of “Norman Quartet” Petro Poroshenko President Petro Poroshenko said he was ready to sign a pardon Erofeev and gave, which in Ukraine is called the “GRU soldiers”, when it will receive the necessary documents.
The President of Ukraine claimed that Savchenko will be dedicated a significant portion of time during the scheduled evening talks. “And can you reveal the secret that during today’s talks, considerable time will be devoted to including the question of Hope Savchenko”, — said Poroshenko.