The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is ready to exchange the Ukrainian officer and Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Hope Savchenko, in case there was a proposal. He said that for two years "never from sources that you trust, any proposal to exchange Savchenko has been received."
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is ready to exchange the Ukrainian officer and Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Hope Savchenko, in case there was a proposal. He said this on Wednesday, 9 March, at a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, reports "Interfax".
"If the question is, am I ready to make a decision about the exchange with someone, I note today for the first time: Yes. I, as President of Ukraine, ready to use my constitutional right and to exchange Hope, to make every effort to quickly return home," — said Poroshenko.
The Ukrainian President stressed that "for almost two years never from sources that you trust, any proposal to exchange Savchenko has not received".
Savchenko, having the rank of senior Lieutenant of the Armed forces of Ukraine is in Russian custody since July 2014. According to investigators, in June of the same year near Lugansk she learned the coordinates of the checkpoint of the militia, gave them to the Ukrainian military. When shelling killed journalists VGTRK Igor Korneluk and Anton Voloshin. After that Savchenko allegedly secretly crossed the border with Russia, where he was detained. Itself the defendant claims that he was kidnapped in Donbas and secretly exported to Russia.
The verdict on the case Savchenko assigned on 21 and 22 March.
Kiev has repeatedly stated on the possible exchange of Savchenko and Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted in Russia, Russians Alexander and Evgeny Alexandrov Erofeeva, detained in Luhansk region in may 2015. According to Kiev, they are Russian military personnel who allegedly engaged in terrorist activities in the East of the country. The defense Ministry claim that Aleksandrov and Erofeev he served in the army and have military training, but at the time of arrest active military personnel were not.