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Kyiv starts ball rolling to get Savchenko released

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Kyiv starts ball rolling to get Savchenko released

<p>Kyiv has formally requested the paperwork from Russia which is needed for the repatriation of jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko.</p> <p>It follows <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/20/possible-prisoner-swap-could-bring-jailed-ukrainian-pilot-home/">President Poroshenko’s announcement</a> this week that he had agreed a framework for her release with Russia’s President Putin.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ukraine's president says he has reached deal with Russian President Putin to release jailed Ukrainian pilot: <a href="https://t.co/3ljubnydRp">https://t.co/3ljubnydRp</a></p>— The Associated Press (@AP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AP/status/722388721841147905">April 19, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h3>National hero</h3> <p>Savchenko who is considered a national hero in her native Ukraine, was <a href="http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3169160-russian-court-ukrainian-pilot-savchenko-guilty-of-killing-reporters-agencies/">sentenced to 22 years in jail in March</a> for alleged involvement in the deaths of two Russian journalists.</p> <p>She and her supporters say she was seized in eastern Ukraine in June 2014 while fighting with a volunteer battalion against Russia-backed separatists, and taken to Russia illegally.</p> <p>The request for paperwork is said to be related to Savchenko’s possible transfer to serve out her 22-year-sentence in Ukraine.</p> <h3>Prisoner swap</h3> <p>Poroshenko’s announcement came a day after a Ukrainian court sentenced two Russian servicemen, Alexandr Alexandrov and Yevgueni Yerofeyevto to 14 years each in prison each on charges of terrorism in eastern Ukraine.</p> <p>There is speculation the two may shortly be exchanged for Savchenko. </p> <p>Poroshenko’s office said later in the day that the Ukrainian president had also discussed efforts to free Savchenko with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a telephone call.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kiev court convicts two Russian soldiers of terrorism <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FreeSavchenko?src=hash">#FreeSavchenko</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Savchenko?src=hash">#Savchenko</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/%D0%A1%D0%B0%D0%B2%D1%87%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%BA%D0%BE?src=hash">#Савченко</a> <a href="https://t.co/iAAyeAmiwv">https://t.co/iAAyeAmiwv</a></p>— ydxnid (@ydxnid) <a href="https://twitter.com/ydxnid/status/722300175222484992">April 19, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>