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Russian ombudsman suggests exchanging Savchenko for captured Russian GRU officers

Russia ombudsman Pamfilova
Russian ombudsman Ella Pamfilova
Russian ombudsman suggests exchanging Savchenko for captured Russian GRU officers

Russian ombudsman Ella Pamfilova believes that after court’s decision Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko can be transfered to Ukraine in exchange for arrested Russians Yevgeniy Yerofeev and Aleksandr Aleksandrov.

“I would very much want the idea of conducting exchange “all for all” to be supported. It would be some step towards improving the relationships between our countries,” Pamfilova informed the Interfax news agency on 24 December 2015.

Answering the question about possibility of exchanging Savchenko to Erofeyev and Aleksandrov, she said: “I’m very hopeful about it and I wish this came true”.

“I am constantly visiting Ukrainian citizens that are under arrest here. At my request, Mrs Lutkovska (Ukraine’s ombudsman) is also visiting our citizens. We are constantly doing this. I would like that we had no more work in this direction, that the exchange was “all for all”, – Pamfilova emphasized.

Nadiya Savchenko was captured by the Russia-backed “LNR” fighters in June 2014 and unlawfully brought to the Russian territory, where she has been kept under arrest until now. Russia accuses the Ukrainian pilot in killing two Russian journalists.

Read more: Savchenko’s lawyer: Only diplomatic pressure can lead to her release

Aleksandr Aleksandrov and Yevgeniy Yerofeev are Russian citizens that were arrested in the ATO zone in May 2015. They are convicted in terrorist activities [and have been accused of working for the GRU by Ukrainian authorities, according to their own testimonies – ed].

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