President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko pardoned one Iranian and 13 citizens of Ukraine in 2018. This was reported by the Presidential Administration to the request of Ukrainian News.
"During 2018, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko pardoned 14 persons ... One of them is a citizen of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the rest are citizens of Ukraine, including one person pardoned for transfer to the territory beyond the control of Ukraine in Donetsk region," the department informs.
Poroshenko has pardoned the Iranian for an exchange for the Ukrainian sailor Andriy Novichkov, and Nadiya Kozlova, convicted for the murder of two people was pardoned for an exchange for the Ukrainian soldier Roman Savkov, captured by the militants.
It is noted that all 14 pardoned are civilians. Among them are 9 men and 5 women. Nine of them had their sentences reduced, and five of them were exempt from further punishment.
In 2017 Poroshenko pardoned 139 convicts, in 2016 and 2015 - 67 each year.