Ukrainian MP Nadiya Savchenko starts her work in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
"Russia would like to hold me for 22 years, but you wanted to see me earlier and you did all for this, and I'm glad to be among you. I really wish peace and tranquility to Ukraine and Europe. I'm ready to work constructively for this and I hope I will become useful for the Assembly and Ukraine will useful for Europe. But I want you all to understand that Putin didn’t make a conciliatory gesture towards me and all Ukrainians, but showed his supremacy. I was kidnapped, and that is the violation of human rights and for that one must answer before the European Court. All Ukrainians that are held in Russia today were kidnapped, and kidnapping of Crimean Tatars continues. A country that promised and guaranteed security by the Budapest Memorandum after Ukraine’s nuclear disarmament stabbed us in the back. This is betrayal. The delegation, which does not respect human rights, does not respect the immunity of the others, as Russia did to me cannot return. I do want reconciliation too, and I will work in this direction. But I want you to understand that we can win only when one person is ready to die for the idea, and all the rest are ready to support and not let this person die on the front. Now Ukraine is in the first line of fire. We pay with our blood and with the lives of our people for the peace of Europe and the rest of the country. I ask you to support us in this struggle with firm, consistent and clear position. Together we will win. I do not want anyone to go through what I did, what Ukrainians are going through now. I do not want anyone to have such a neighbor like Russia, because you will understand how hard it is. Countries that have Russia as a neighbor understand. Thank you very much".
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