Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of Batkivshchyna party, maintains that Nadiya Savchenko, her party fellow, Ukrainian MP and Air Force officer could be soon released from detention in Russia and return to Ukraine (Radio Liberty).
“I’ve got information that agreement was reached between U.S. President and German Federal Chancellor that after the sentence in Savchenko’s case comes into force, she will be exchanged and returned to Ukraine, so that, as the Russian side puts it, she serves her time here, at home”, Tymoshenko said while visiting Lviv, western Ukraine.
Earlier, lawyers Mark Feygin and Nikolai Polozov failed to persuade Savchenko to file an appeal on the decision of Donetsk city court, which sentenced her to 22 years of imprisonment in standard penal regime colony in Russia. The pilot refused to file the appeal, saying there is no such thing as justice or fair trial in Russia.
As the sentence took effect, Savchenko goes on waterless hunger strike – another one in the row of hunger strikes that, along with long-lasting detention, seriously harmed her health. The pilot, Ukrainian government, governments of Western countries and the vast majority of common Ukrainians insist on her innocence and demand to release her.