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Nadia Savchenko is free

Nadia Savchenko (credit: MFA Ukraine)
Nadia Savchenko (credit: MFA Ukraine)

(B2) It was the Russians, via Russia Today, who first provided the information this morning. The Ukrainian pilot held prisoner in Russia was released in exchange with two Russians detained in Ukraine who had been repatriated to Russia by the Ukrainian presidential plane.

Prisoner exchange carried out by Ukrainian presidential plane

The information was confirmed shortly after noon by President Poroshenko. “Presidency of the name of the author of the book! In other words (if I understood correctly): thepresidential plane of the Hero of Ukraine Nadia savchenko landed !

happy and relieved

A result which we rejoice in European capitals. In Berlin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, speaking as Chairman of the OSCE, said: happy and relieved "that the Ukrainian pilot has" eventually released and able to return to her family in Ukraine ". " We worked a long time and had to wait a long time "to have such a" good news " he added.

This deal was achieved notably during the last meeting in Normandy format, held at the level of heads of state and government on Monday (May 23). This was confirmed by the Elysée in a press release.

Two Russian prisoners freed

The two freed Russians are GRU (Russian intelligence) officers Captain Yerofeyev and Sergeant Alexander Alexandrov. They were sentenced last April to 15 years in prison by a Kiev court, after being arrested a year earlier on a reconnaissance mission in the province of Luhansk, according to the medias Ukrainians.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).