Continued Detention of Nadiya Savchenko

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 25, 2015

The United States is deeply concerned by today’s decision by a Russian court to continue the detention of Ukrainian Member of Parliament Nadiya Savchenko to May 13. Ms. Savchenko has been on a hunger strike for 75 days to protest being held hostage by Russian authorities. The United States deplores her continued ill-treatment and is deeply concerned by reports of her deteriorating health.

By any standard, Russia’s detention and treatment of Ms. Savchenko is unacceptable. We call on Russia to honor its commitments under the September 2014 Minsk agreements and the February 15 implementation plan by immediately releasing Nadiya Savchenko and all other Ukrainian hostages.