Ukraine Caucus Statement on Savchenko Verdict

Mar 22, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Ukraine Caucus co-chairs Sander Levin (D-MI), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and caucus members Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA), Rep. Rosa DeLauro(D-CT), Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) today released the following statement on the verdict and sentencing of Ukrainian fighter pilot and Member of Parliament Nadiya Savchenko:

“We condemn the verdict and the 22-year sentence issued today against Nadiya Savchenko. Russia’s handling of Savchekno’s capture and trial shows disregard for the rule of law and due process. Since her capture and imprisonment in July 2014 on trumped-up charges, her trial and hearing dates were repeatedly delayed, and the trial venue was moved to a remote region in Russia, difficult for independent observers to reach. Savchenko also endured interrogations, solitary confinement, and forced psychiatric evaluations. 

“Savchenko has come to represent the spirit of an independent Ukraine, free from interference and eager to embrace the will of its own people. We join the people of Ukraine in expressing deep concern for her wellbeing, and in protesting this unjust outcome. Once again, we call on Russian authorities to release her immediately.”