Ukraine urges Russia to liberate Nadiya Savchenko immediately, president Petro Poroshenko said in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday evening.
The leaders agreed to provide an immediate access to Nadiya Savchenko for Consul General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don, Poroshenko’s official website says.
In the course of the phone conversation, the parties also discussed the issue of Russian servicemen Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov who were arrested in the territory of Ukraine in the summer of 2015.
Earlier Petro Poroshenko expressed readiness to swap the two Russian GRU force fighters for Nadiya Savchenko. But at that moment Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said that such an exchange was impossible.
On March 22, the Donetsk city court of the Rostov region found the Ukrainian pilot guilty of murdering two Russian journalists and sentenced her to 22 years in prison. The sentence has come into effect.
Savchenko denies her guilt. According to the defense, she was kidnapped by terrorists in LPR and then taken out to Russia. Savchenko has been in custody since July 2014.
Nadiya Savchenko went on thirst and hunger strike on April, 6.