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Ukraine president’s envoy not allowed to enter Russia — press secretary

The Russian border control service has not allowed Ukraine's presidential envoy for the peace settlement in Donbas Iryna Gerashchenko to enter the country, Ukrainian president's press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko said on Monday, according to Russian news agency TASS
Ukraine president's envoy not allowed to enter Russia — press secretary

“Russian border guards have not allowed Iryna Gerashchenko to enter Russia after keeping her at the border for three hours. A border guard said that Iryna was an undesirable individual for entering Russia,” Tsegolko wrote on his Facebook page adding that Gerashchenko intended to attend the trial of former Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, UNIAN reports with reference to TASS.

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The press secretary said the incident represents a campaign against the Ukrainian delegation.

TASS has not yet obtained a comment from the Russian Federal Security Service’s border control service.

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Today the court has started reading the verdict for the former Ukrainian pilot charged under three articles of the Russian Criminal Code “murder,” “attempted murder,” and “illegal border crossing.”

A delegation of Ukrainian representatives, including Tsegolko, Gerashchenko and several Verkhovna Rada deputies, planned to attend the reading.

The Russian prosecution demands 23 years of jail for Nadiya Savchenko for complicity in the murder of Russian journalists. The prosecutor also believes there is sufficient evidence Savchenko had crossed the Russian border illegally.