Poroshenko asks Putin in letter to free pilot Savchenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he has sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking him to immediately free Ukrainian pilot and parliamentarian Nadiya Savchenko.

Savchenko was brought to Moscow on September 24, 2014. Source: AP

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he has sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking him to immediately free Ukrainian pilot and parliamentarian Nadiya Savchenko.

"I separately raised the issue of Nadiya Savchenko. As is known, I have sent a letter to President Putin with the message that Nadiya Savchenko should be immediately freed, including for medical reasons, and I asked the [Italian] prime minister to raise this issue and help resolve this extremely sensitive and painful problem," Poroshenko told journalists following negotiations with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Kiev on Wednesday.

Poroshenko said Renzi and he had discussed the implementation of the Minsk agreements as concerns the immediate release of all prisoners based on the all-for-all principle.

"We know for sure today that, out of more than 400 prisoners, we told the Russian Federation about the location of 190 prisoners, and we expect the soonest possible implementation of the obligation to release all prisoners," he said.

 

German doctors confirm that Savchenko is fine>>>

The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) has assisted German doctors with an objective medical evaluation of Ukrainian servicewoman Nadezhda Savchenko, which has confirmed that her health condition is fine.

"Assistance was provided yesterday with an approved medical evaluation of accused Nadezhda Savchenko by doctors from Germany," the FSIN press service said in a report obtained by Interfax on Monday.

The report states that the evaluation was followed by a meeting of the board of doctors, "where the foreign specialists evaluated her health state as fine and pointed out the professional approach and of the treatment and diagnostic measures taken in the hospital of the medical and sanitary unit of the FSIN, which Nadezhda Savchenko fulfilled in full."

According to the press service, no medical indications for an additional health evaluation of the accused and her treatment have been determined.

It was reported earlier with reference to Russian law enforcement agencies that Savchenko, a 33-year-old pilot, was fighting with the Aidar volunteer battalion in eastern Ukraine. It was reported on July 8, 2014 that she was being held at the Voronezh pre-trial detention facility in Russia.

Savchenko was brought to Moscow on September 24, 2014. The Russian Investigative Committee has indicted her for complicity in the killing of Russian journalists in the Lugansk region in June 2014. Savchenko refused to plead guilty.

Moscow's Basmanny Court ruled on October 27, 2014 to extend Savchenko's pretrial detention until February 13, 2015. The pilot has maintained a hunger strike since mid-December to protest the ruling. The same court ruled on February 10 to extend her detention until May 13, 2015.

 

Russian human rights ombudsman visits Ukrainian pilot Savchenko in Moscow jail>>>

The possibility of Savchenko's release from Russian custody was discussed at the Normandy Quartet summit in the Belarusian capital Minsk on February 12.

 

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