Brussels, 26/02/2015
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STATEMENT

Statement by the Spokesperson on the detention of Nadiya Savchenko

The rejection by a Moscow Court of Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko's appeal against her pre-trial detention carries heavy consequences, as she has now spent 75 days on hunger strike to protest against her illegal kidnapping in Ukraine and transfer to Russia. Russia bears a responsibility for her very fragile health.

The EU calls on the Russian authorities to urgently release Ms Savchenko on humanitarian grounds.

This would be in keeping with the recently agreed "Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements" and the commitment to release all hostages and detained persons related to the conflict in Ukraine.