Savchenko to be returned to Ukraine within next two weeks: media

21:00, 23 March 2016
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Ukrainian female pilot and MP Nadia Savchenko sentenced Tuesday to 22 years in Russian jail will be transferred to Ukraine within the next two weeks, as was announced by Russian ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov at a closed meeting in Kyiv, Russia’s online news outlet reports.


Zurabov did not specify whether it will be an exchange of Savchenko for the arrested Russian soldiers, according to the publication citing its source present at the meeting.

Zurabov is also reported as saying said that the Russian side was ready to return Savchenko on March 8, but the Kremlin changed their minds after the attack on the Russian embassy in Kyiv, which was followed by the Donetsk City Court postponing the hearing and Nadia Savchenko going on a hunger strike because of this decision.

Read alsoPoroshenko offers Putin to swap Savchenko for two Russian soldiers (video)As UNIAN reported earlier, on March 22, the Russian court sentenced Nadia Savchenko to 22 years in prison for the alleged murder of Russian journalists. Also, the court sentenced her to a fine of RUB 30,000 for "illegal border crossing."

Read alsoLavrov: It's Putin to decide on Savchenko swapAfter the verdict was voiced, Savchenko said she would resume hunger strike from April 6, demanding her return to Ukraine.

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