Continued Detention of Nadiya Savchenko

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 7, 2016

I am deeply concerned about the health and welfare of Ukrainian pilot and Rada Deputy Nadiya Savchenko, who since Friday has refused food and water to protest her continued detention by the Russian Federation.

In the 20 months since she was captured in eastern Ukraine and taken to Russia, Ms. 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.

The United States once again calls on Russia to immediately release Ms. Savchenko and return her to Ukraine.