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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on the shameful “sentence” by the Russian court on trumped-up case of Nadiya Savchenko
22 March 2016 19:07

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its strong and resolute protest over the so-called “verdict” by the so-called “Russian court” sentencing Ms. Nadiya Savchenko, citizen of Ukraine, Member of Ukrainian Parliament and Member of PACE, to 22 years in prison.

This verdict serves as irrefutable evidence that it is futile to seek justice in modern Russia. Politically-driven Russia disregards the fundamental norms and principles of international law, its national legislation, humanity, justice and morality.

This unlawful decision, based on the bogus investigation represents not the verdict to Nadiya Savchenko but to Russia itself, in which the Kremlin crushed down any fairness and justice.

Russia’s brutal violation of universal norms as well as PACE member’s immunity is a clear signal to the international community on the inadmissibility of violating fundamental principles and norms by the country which is one of the UN Security Council permanent members.

We consider this cynical judicial farce as yet another indisputable evidence of violation of the Minsk Agreements by Russian Federation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine urges Russia to immediately cancel this illegal, inhumane decision and immediately release Nadiya Savchenko. We also demand  to free all illegally detained citizens of Ukraine who are political hostages and victims of the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

We call upon the international community to publicly condemn this crime and step up the pressure on the Russian Federation to make it halt its aggression against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine as well as against Ukrainian citizens.

We are confident that all those involved into fabricating the case against Nadiya Savchenko must be brought to justice. To this end, Ukraine will continue working with its international partners to enact the “Savchenko list”.

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