British Ministry of State for Europe urges Russia to release Savchenko
09:42, 13 April 2016

British Ministry of State for Europe urges Russia to release Savchenko

David Lidington’s statement was released on Wednesday morning

09:42, 13 April 2016

RIA news

“I am deeply concerned by reports that Nadiya Savchenko’s health is seriously deteriorating. She has now refused food and water for 7 days in protest against her illegal detention in Russia, flawed trial, judgment and sentence”, reads the statement as quoted by Yevropeiska Pravda.

“I call on Russia once again to urgently fulfill its international obligations, including under the Minsk Agreements, and release Ms Savchenko immediately. In the meantime, I urge Russia to show compassion and grant Ms Savchenko’s request to receive urgent medical assistance from international medical teams”, Lidington’s message says.

As 112 International reported, Savchenko went on a waterless hunger strike on April 6, demanding from the Russian authorities to release her from illegal detention and let her go. Ukraine's Foreign Ministry expressed grave concerns over the state of her health and once again demanded that the Kremlin release Savchenko. 

On April 5, the sentence in her case took effect; Savchenko was sentenced to 22 years of imprisonment in Russia. She was found guilty of murder of two Russian TV reporters in eastern Ukraine in June 2014 and illegal crossing of the Russian border. Savchenko herself, her defense team, the Ukrainian government, the vast majority of the Ukrainian people and Western governments deny all charges and demand to release her.  

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