U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry urged Russia “to immediately release” the Ukrainian army Hope Savchenko and “all other remaining hostages.” This statement he made in conversation with the Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, said in a statement by state Department spokesman John Kirby.
Kerry also urged Moscow “to halt the violence [in Ukraine] across the line of contact” and to respect the Minsk agreements.
Moscow and Kiev are in contact on the question of a possible exchange Savchenko, said on the eve of President Vladimir Putin. “And in such matters it is better not to run ahead,” he said.
Thus the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov in early April said that Russia has no decision to transfer Savchenko Ukraine. He refused to predict a date for solution in this situation.
The court acknowledged Savchenko guilty in the case of the death of the VGTRK journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin in the Donbass. On March 22 she was sentenced to 22 years in prison. On the same day the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has offered to exchange Savchenko for two Russians — Alexander Alexander and Evgeny Erofeev, which Kiev calls “soldiers of the GRU”.