Pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who is charged with abetting the murder of Russian journalists in Russia, has filed her resignation from the Ukrainian army.
"Nadezhda Savchenko has filed her resignation from the Ukrainian Armed Forces because she has been elected to the Verkhovna Rada. Her command should make a decision within twenty days," lawyer Mark Feygin told Interfax on Friday.
The lawyer said Savchenko's resignation will be signed by December 1. He said service in the Armed Forces may interfere with his client's work as a parliamentarian.
Feygin also said the pilot's lawyers will turn to the International Committee of the Red Cross to seek Savchenko's official designation as a prisoner-of-war.
"If she is recognized as a POW at least for the June 17-23 period, the rest doesn't matter. This status will make it possible to exempt her from criminal prosecution and hand her over to Ukraine," the lawyer said.
If officially recognized as a POW, Savchenko has to be returned to eastern Ukraine and handed over to the Ukrainian authorities in accordance with the Minks agreements. After that, according to the Vienna Convention, Russia has to request her extradition from Ukraine due to her criminal prosecution, he said.
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