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U.S. again urges Russia to liberate Savchenko and other Ukrainian hostages

The United States mission to the OSCE once again appealed to the Russian Federation.

The United States once again urged the Russian side to immediately release the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian hostages.

"We once again call on Russia to implement the agreements it has made in Minsk over the past six months and immediately release Nadiya Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, and all other Ukrainian hostages and illegally detained persons," writes the U.S. Mission to the OSCE.

The text states that on May 11, Ukrainian hostage Savchenko, who has been illegally kept in custody for the past eleven months, celebrated her 34 birthday. Nadiya Savchenko was captured Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine in June 2014, illegally transported across the border and handed over to the Russian authorities. Detention of Savchenko violates the Minsk agreements," the statement reads.

The mission recalled that in the Minsk protocol, signed September 5, 2014 by Russian Ambassador in Ukraine, Russia agreed to the "immediate release of all hostages and illegally detained persons."

"In the Package of Measures agreed in Minsk on February 12, 2015, Russia again agreed to "provide release and exchange of all hostages and illegally held persons. Despite these agreements, Russia continues to hold Nadiya Savchenko, an elected member of Ukraine's parliament hostage," the report says.