The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed the decree about pardon of the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the murder of employees of VGTRK in the Donbass. This was reported by press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, reports “RIA Novosti”. According to Peskov, Savchenko delivered to Kiev.
Peskov said that with the pardon, Putin asked the relatives of those killed employees VGTRK in March after a meeting with eks-the head of administration of President Kuchma, who is now the leader of the public movement “the Ukrainian choice” Viktor Medvedchuk.
A Kremlin spokesman said that on the morning of may 25 the President met with relatives of journalists and those justify its request for humanitarian considerations. For the first time, as Sands explained, the relatives offered to pardon Ukrainian army in March. Putin thanked them for their clemency, he said.
Later, the press service of the Kremlin published a photo of Putin’s meeting with relatives of the dead journalists — the widow of Igor Kornelyuk Catherine and sister Anton Voloshin Marianne and appeal to them Putin.
“I am not going to go back to the tragedy in which you lost loved ones. I want only you to thank for this position and to Express the hope that such decisions are motivated primarily by considerations of humanity, will lead to the reduction of confrontation in the well-known conflict zone and help you to avoid such terrible and unnecessary losses,” — said the President.
According to Peskov, Putin while in the schedule no meetings with the Russians Evgeny Erofeev and Alexander Alexandrov, which in Kiev called “the GRU soldiers” and gave Russia together with Savchenko. They were convicted in Ukraine to 14 years of imprisonment for participation in military operations in the Donbass.
Earlier Wednesday in Kyiv landed the plane of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, which was brought from Russia Savchenko. Earlier in Moscow’s Vnukovo airport and landed taking off from a Ukrainian plane with Erofeev and Alexandrov.
Unexpected exchange became known on Tuesday morning. Sources of “Interfax” reported that it can take place in Rostov-on-don. In the end, from the Rostov airport in Kiev flew aboard Poroshenko, and from the airport near Kiev sent fighters GRU”.