Friday, May 27 2016 16:17 EEST
President Petro Poroshenko met with lawyers Mark Feygin and Mykola Polozov who defended Nadiya Savchenko in Russian court
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The Head of State called the release of Nadiya a common victory. 'I am grateful to each of you for the assistance you have provided. It played an important role. Efficient coordination of our actions facilitated the return of Nadiya,' Petro Poroshenko said.

'You have played a very important role. It cannot be underestimated. Thank you for your help. You were not afraid to defend not only Nadiya Savchenko, but also human values,' the President added.

The Head of State drew attention to the absence of lawyer Ilya Novikov who is currently in Chechnya.

Petro Poroshenko also reacted to the sentence of Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh: 'They are churning out these pseudo-sentences even without changing the terms'. The Head of State noted that he would keep on fighting for their liberation.

'We will fight for them. We will make every effort to bring them back,' Petro Poroshenko said. He added that Ukraine considered Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh political prisoners and all political prisoners must be released under the Minsk agreements.

The President emphasized that the lawyers could count on his full support in the liberation of illegally imprisoned Ukrainians in Russia.

Lawyer Mark Feygin noted that it had been a hard work, but he was satisfied with positive results. He expressed hope that the liberation of Nadiya Savchenko wouldn’t be the only one: 'We hope that it will become a solution to such problems. If it had worked out once, it would be successful with dozens of other political prisoners. We hope to succeed in other cases as well'.

'It is a deep shame for us, Russians, that we have political prisoners in the XXI century,' he added.

Lawyer Mykola Polozov drew attention to the issue of Crimean Tatars and deterioration of their life in the occupied Crimea. 'We see the aggravating situation in Crimea. Most of all it concerns Crimean Tatars. They are Ukrainian citizens and we see that Russia chooses new victims, new political prisoners under the ethnic principle. There are not only criminal cases in Crimea. People disappear there as well,' he said.

The Head of State emphasized that the issue of Crimean Tatars was currently among the top priorities in his work.

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