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Nadiya Savchenko’s mother gains world support

The mother and sister of a Ukrainian pilot illegally detained in the Moscow jail travel the globe to gain the support of the world.

Mariya Savchenko gains world support

The mother and sister of Nadiya Savchenko are traveling around the world to gain the support of the global community in releasing a Ukrainian pilot, Euromaidan Press reports.

"I'm a desperate mother who is ready to travel the globe to make everything possible that my message be heard," says Maria Savchenko, Nadiya's mother.

Mariya and Vira Savchenko started their campaign in Germany, where on March 23, they opened an exhibition devoted to Nadiya Savchenko. They also met with representatives of the German Foreign Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag. Mariya Savchenko had written a letter to German chancellor Angela Merkel asking for support in the campaign to free Nadiya, the article writes.

Vira Savchenko, has been in Paris, Brussels and Strasbourg from 13th to 17th April.

On 13-14 April Vira saw Amnesty International, and the inter-parliamentary France-Ukraine friendship group, linked to the French National Assembly and the Senate.

On April 15, she talked with the Mayor of Paris and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On April 16, Vira went to Brussels where she met leaders of several political groups, including the EU Regions and European Parliament Committees; along with Federica Mogherini, the Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security policy, the author reports.

On April 17, Vira was received by the teams of Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, and the Ukrainian ambassador to the Council of Europe.

On April 22, Mariya Savchenko had met with US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. Mariya Savchenko and her legal representation relayed ongoing concerns about Nadiya's health and stressed the impossibility of securing a fair trial for Savchenko in Russia. Ambassador Power reaffirmed American concern for Ms. Savchenko and stressed the United States' commitment to continuing to advocate for her release.

"It has now been 307 days since Nadiya Savchenko was abducted in eastern Ukraine and smuggled against her will into Russia. I was very moved to hear Maria talk about Nadiya and can only imagine how painful it must be to see one's daughter's health deteriorate in prison, with no clear idea about when she might be freed," said Ambassador Power.

It should be recalled that President of Ukraine met with President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer and urged him to intensify the work for immediate release of Nadiya Savchenko.