The candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States and former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, issued a statement in support of the people of Ukraine as well as Nadiya Savchenko and called for her immediate release.
In her statement, Clinton emphasizes that she adds her voice to those heard around the world calling for the release of Ukrainian politician and officer of the Ukrainian Ground Forces from illegal detention in Russia, TSN reported.
The former United States Secretary of State also noted that Savchenko was captured by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, illegally taken to Russia and is now held in custody based on fabricated accusations.
“Russia should reject all accusations and immediately release her. It must also implement all obligations in accordance with the Minsk Agreements in order to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has already killed thousands of people and caused more than 1.5 million people to be forcibly resettled,” the candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States stated.
“I support Nadiya and the Ukrainian people as I have always advocated for the observance of women’s rights and the human rights of all people, who suffer from injustice around the world,” Hillary Clinton stressed.
Nadiya Savchenko has been charged with the murder of two Russian journalists. It is widely believed that Savchenko was in fact captured by Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) separatists in eastern Ukraine and was illegally transported to Russia, where the case was fabricated against her.
On March 2nd, the prosecutor’s office requested that she be sentenced to 23 years in a penal colony and given a fine of 100,000 rubles ($1,400).
Savchenko declared a dry hunger strike on March 3rd after the Donetsk City Court in the Rostov region announced that she would not be given a chance to make her final closing statement during a court hearing.
On March 10th, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked Savchenko to consume liquids due to concerns over the state of her health.