EU calls on Kremlin to immediately, unconditionally release Savchenko

16:04, 23 March 2016
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High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini regrets that Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko was sentenced on Tuesday "despite many calls" and demands her immediate release, according to a statement published on the European External Action Service.


"We continue to add our voices to the many others worldwide calling on the Russian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Nadia Savchenko, on humanitarian grounds, and in keeping with the "Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements" and the commitment therein to release all hostages and detained persons related to the conflict in eastern Ukraine," she said in the statement.

"This is also the case for all the other Ukrainian citizens illegally detained in Russia, including [Ukrainian film director] Oleh Sentsov and [Ukrainian activist] Oleksandr Kolchenko, that need to be guaranteed a safe return to Ukraine," Mogherini said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, a Russian court on March 22 sentenced Savchenko to 22 years in prison.

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