Ukraine protests decision to send Savchenko case to Russian court
The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has protested the Russian Prosecutor General's Office decision to forward a criminal case against Ukrainian captive pilot, MP Nadia Savchenko to the Donetsk City Court in Russia's Rostov region to consider it on its merits, according to a statement by the ministry.
"The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry demands that the Russian side immediately free Nadia Savchenko and fully comply with its international law obligations and the Minsk agreements," the ministry said.
The ministry notes it is sure that "during the court hearing the defense will confute absolutely all charges fabricated against her."
"Yet, Russia seeks by all manner of means to conceal the political punishment inflicted on the Ukrainian parliamentarian, member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe from the attention of the international community and human rights organizations. By making this decision, Russia once again demonstrated its remoteness from commonly recognized principles of democracy, legality, rule of law and transparency," the ministry said.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also said that it was "deeply indignant at approval by the Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation of additional absurd accusations recently brought by the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation about the alleged murder by the Ukrainian citizen [Savchenko] of Russian citizens Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin [previously Savchenko was accused of complicity in the killing of these persons]. At this, the Russian side strongly emphasizes that these persons 'were correspondents of the VGTRK TV and Radio Broadcasting Company,' but the indictment does not mention their death amid performing their professional (journalism) duties," the ministry said.
Savchenko has been under arrest in Russia on charges of complicity in the killing of the two Russian journalists in Luhansk region since July 2014.
An indictment against her was recently endorsed and forwarded to the Donetsk City Court in Rostov region.