Putin pardoned Ukrainians Afanasyev and Soloshenko


The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed decrees about pardon of Ukrainians Gennadiy Afanasyev and Yury Soloshenko, sentenced in Russia respectively to seven and six years in a strict regime colony, according to the Kremlin website. Both decrees take effect from the date of signing, the report says.

That Afanasiev & Soloshenko unable on Tuesday to return to Ukraine, said on the night of 14 June edition Zn.ua citing a source in the presidential administration of Ukraine. The interlocutor of the edition noted that Ukrainians can exchange for the defendants in the case about the events on may 2, 2014 in Odessa, including “a certain inhabitant of Odessa”.

Later, the Agency UNN reported that at 12:05 Moscow time from Kiev Boryspil airport to Vnukovo flew the plane An-26, which should take Afanasyev and Soloshenko. 13:49 the Agency reported that the plane landed in Moscow airport and getting ready to head back to Ukraine after his side mount Ukrainians.

On Tuesday afternoon President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has officially confirmed that Gennady Afanasyev and Yury Soloshenko to return to Ukraine. “Finally! Yuri Soloshenko and Gennady Afanasiev already on Board Ukrainian plane and fly out of Moscow to Ukraine”, — he wrote on Twitter.

In a press-service of the President reported that in the evening he will meet with the returning Ukrainians in the scientific-practical center of preventive and clinical medicine of State administration, passed UNN.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov day refused to comment on a possible exchange of prisoners. “I have nothing to say on this subject,” he said (quoted by TASS).

“Interfax” citing a source in Moscow reported that at 12:40 GMT from Vnukovo to Ukraine flew the An-148 special flight detachment “Russia”, which will take the Russians, who are expected to exchange Soloshenko and Afanasyeva.

Official reports of a possible exchange and who will participate in it, in addition Soloshenko and Afanasyev, did not appear. Odessa edition “Timer”, without specifying the source of information, reported that Petro Poroshenko has pardoned a journalist from Odessa Vitaly Didenko, who was convicted of separatism. According to the newspaper, Didenko was supposed to deliver in the Kiev airport and transfer to Russia together with the journalist Elena Pisinski, which together with her husband and newborn child taken to the airport. According to “Timer” on Monday, the court hearing the case accused of separatism Pisinski, ordered her release from custody.