by Ambassador of Ukraine Viktor Kryzhanivsky
The Ukrainian servicewoman Nadiya Savchenko was abducted from the territory of Ukraine more than one month ago by the terrorist organization “Luhansk people’s republic” and afterwards she was illegally arrested in the pre-trial detention center in the city of Voronezh, the Russian Federation.
After long waiting and nine denials by the Russian authorities, the consul of Ukraine in the Russian Federation was able to visit N.Savchenko in prison.
Such a long period of deprivation of a detained Ukrainian citizen of a meeting with a consular officer constitutes a serious violation by the Russian Federation of the norms of international law in the area of human rights and fundamental freedoms, its obligations under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the 1994 Consular Convention between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
Over this period Nadiya Savchenko was on hunger strike, protesting against her illegal trafficking to the Russian Federation and demanding a meeting with a Ukrainian diplomat.
Ms.Savchenko confirmed that she was forcefully trafficked by the terrorists from the territory of Ukraine without her consent and directly handed over to the Russian law-enforcement agencies. While being trafficked she was handcuffed and had a bag out over her heads. On their way the kidnappers changed several cars.
Evidence by Ms.Savchenko shatters the claims of the Russian side that she had been detained after entering the territory of the Russian Federation as a refugee. The same applies to fabricated accusations against Ms.Savchenko, brought by the Russian law-enforcement.
This abduction of the Ukrainian citizen from her native soil is yet another proof of cloze cooperation between the Russian Federation and the terrorist organizations in Ukraine’s East, which we condemn in the stronger terms.
The European Court of Human Rights on July 15 started proceedings in the Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko's case vs. Russia, granting it priority status.
We urge the Russian Federation to immediately and unconditionally release Nadiya Savchenko and provide for her safe return to Ukraine. We urge that all responsible for her abduction from the territory of Ukraine to the Russian Federation be brought to justice.
Release Nadiya, Ukrainian Joan of Arc!