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Official: Savchenko pardon shows Moscow unwilling to whip up tension

May 26, 2016, 11:27 UTC+3 NOVOSIBIRSK

On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin signed a decree to pardon Ukrainian ex-military Nadezhda Savchenko sentenced to 22 years in prison in Russia

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Nadezhda Savchenko with her falimy and Petro Poroshenko upon arrival to Kiev

Nadezhda Savchenko with her falimy and Petro Poroshenko upon arrival to Kiev

© Mikhail Palinchak/Ukraine's presidential press service/TASS

NOVOSIBIRSK, May 26. /TASS/. Russia’s human rights ombudswoman has called the pardoning of former Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, sentenced in Russia to 22 years in jail for killing two Russian journalists, a highest act of humanism testifying to Russia’s unwillingness to whip up tension.

"The situation connected with Savchenko pardon and the release of Yerofeyev and Aleksandrov [Russian journalists jailed in Ukraine - TASS] shows that we are not going to whip up tension in that sphere and are trying in every way to remove irritating factors in this sector of social relations," Tatyana Moskalkova told reporters.

"Relatives of the killed [journalists] showed highest moral standards," she added. "We don’t expect the same moves from the other side, but we are proud that the president and the next-of-kin made this step," Moskalkova added.

Savchenko ‘uncontrollable- action mine’ for Poroshenko

A senior Russian parliamentarian has called former Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko ‘a mine of uncontrollable impact’ for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

"Politically Savchenko is no longer Russia’s problem now, she is a problem of Poroshenko. From now on he will have to watch this uncontrollable-action mine," Alexey Pushkov posted on his Twitter microblog on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a request of relatives of killed VGTRK journalists, signed a decree to pardon Savchenko, who was on the same day taken to Kiev.

The Donetsk City Court in Russia’s southern Rostov Region ruled on March 22 to find former Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko guilty of directing the pro-Kiev forces’ artillery fire in south-east Ukraine that had killed Russian journalists. She was found guilty of killing Russia’s VGTRK Media Group journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin and illegally crossing the Russian border. She was sentenced to 22 years in a general-security penal colony and a fine of 30,000 rubles ($440).

As a return move, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to pardon Alexander Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev. They arrived in Moscow on Wednesday.

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