January 29, 2015

Congressional Ukrainian Caucus introduces resolution calling for release of Savchenko


WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) – all members of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus – on January 26 introduced a bipartisan resolution calling for the release of Ukrainian fighter pilot and member of Ukraine’s Parliament Nadiya Savchenko. This resolution is part of the global community’s effort to bring attention to her plight and demand her immediate release.

“We continue to call on Russian authorities to immediately release Nadiya Savchenko from custody. We are gravely concerned by reports of her ill health since the commencement of a hunger strike on December 14, 2014, now into its seventh week. We are equally troubled by Ms. Savchenko’s lack of access to her counsel and adequate medical attention. We demand that Russia abide by its international obligations and the rule of law, and we join the United States Department of State in calling for Nadiya Savchenko’s immediate release,” said Rep. Sander Levin, co-chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus.

“The transnational abduction of Nadiya Savchenko by pro-Russian militants and subsequent unlawful detention in Russia is clear a violation of her human rights. It is simply unacceptable that Nadiya Savchenko has been held in isolation awaiting her day in Russian court for seven months. The time is now for Russia to release Nadiya Savchenko and allow her to freely return to her family in Ukraine,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell.

“It’s clear President [Vladimir] Putin has no interest in reconciling the violence Russia has brought to Ukraine. Despite signing the Minsk Protocol, Russia continues to imprison Nadiya Savchenko in Moscow. Today’s resolution makes the opinion of the U.S. Congress clear, we stand with Ukraine and demand that Ms. Savchenko be released,” said Rep. Quigley.