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Lawyers of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko and Russian servicemen Alexandrov and Yerofeyev hope for swap decision

Ilya Novikov, lawyer of the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, says the defence teams of hers and of the Russian servicemen Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov are going to discuss their actions to optimize the chances of a political decision on their clients' exchange
Lawyers of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko and Russian servicemen Alexandrov and Yerofeyev hope for swap decision

The defense teams for the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, convicted in Russia, and for the Russian servicemen Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov, convicted in Ukraine, will discuss a possibility of agreeing upon their actions to optimize the chances of a political decision on their clients’ exchange, Savchenko’s lawyer said, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

“The recent months saw discussions of Savchenko’s exchange for Alexandrov and Yerofeyev, this will become possible after the verdict [against Alexandrov and Yerofeyev] comes into effect, and I now hope that we and our Ukrainian colleagues will discuss a possible agreement upon actions of the defense in both cases to enable our clients to be exchanged as quickly as possible, if such a decision is made by the authorities of Russia and Ukraine,” Savchenko’s lawyer Ilya Novikov told reporters after the Holosiyivsky court in Kyiv announced the verdict to Alexandrov and Yerofeyev.