Kerry calls on Russia to immediately free Savchenko, bring her back to Ukraine
The United States again called on Russia to immediately free Ukrainian parliamentarian Nadia Savchenko and bring her back to Ukraine, stated U.S. Secretary of Sate John Kerry.
"The United States once again calls on Russia to immediately release Ms. Savchenko and return her to Ukraine," Kerry said in a statement posted on the website of the U.S. Department of State.
He expressed a deep concern about the health and welfare of Savchenko, who since Friday has refused food and water to protest her continued detention by the Russian Federation.
According to the official statement, in the 20 months since she was captured in eastern Ukraine and taken to Russia, Savchenko has reportedly endured interrogations, solitary confinement, and forced "psychiatric evaluation."
"Her trial and continuing imprisonment demonstrate disregard for international standards, as well as for Russia's commitments under the Minsk agreements," Kerry stressed.
As reported, Savchenko has been held in custody in Russia since July 2014. Savchenko said at a meeting of the Donetsk City Court on December 17, 2015, that she would be on a hunger strike until the end of the proceeding.
She also announced a 'dry' hunger strike and refused to drink water on Friday, March 4.