30.05.2016. Savchenko’s release from Russia isn’t about solving the situation in Donbas, Razumkov Centre


Jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko was sent back to her homeland from Russia in a prisoner swap as diplomacy to end the separatist conflict on the two nations’ border gathers pace. After being pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin, she arrived by plane Wednesday afternoon in the capital, Kiev, greeted by her mother and her sister, as well as President Petro Poroshenko. In exchange, two Russian servicemen captured in Ukraine were flown to Moscow, the Bloomberg writes.

Wednesday’s move can be seen as “a positive fact in the context of prisoner exchange,” said Mykhailo Pashkov, co-director of international security and foreign-policy programs at the Razumkov Center. “But it can only be a precursor to further negotiations. This isn’t about solving the situation in eastern Ukraine.”

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