Savchenko Called for an End to the War in Donbass

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

7th June, 2016


The People’s Deputy of Ukraine Nadiya Savchenko, convicted in Russia for the murder of journalists and later pardoned, arrived in Slavyansk, where she said that first Ukraine needs to stop the war, then there will be money for social needs.

“First and foremost, to stop the war. There will not be any money in Ukraine for social needs until there is no war. First we need to stop the war, and then raise the whole of Ukraine,” she said on the air of Donbass public television. The video was posted on Youtube.

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Local residents complained to her with their problems – they do not have enough money for food or for their apartment.

As “Delovoy Slavyansk” wrote, people addressed to her different questions in the area: targeted assistance, “children’s” money, continued help for IDPs for work.

“I understand local issues, yet don’t know how to solve them. But I will go to the end – if I lose, I lose,” said Savchenko.

It was reported earlier that Savchenko on Monday night arrived in the area of the punitive operations of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Donbass.

As a reminder, after meeting with relatives of the victims – journalists – in Donbass, at their request the President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed a decree on May 25th on pardoning the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, convicted for the murder of VGTRK  journalists in Donbass. Savchenko was brought to Ukraine. On the same day, after being convicted in Ukraine and pardoned by the President Petro Poroshenko, the Russians Aleksandr Yerofeyev and Evgeny Aleksandrov returned to Russia.

Many were surprised by the behavior and statements of Savchenko after her release. At the airport in Kiev, Nadezhda Savchenko got off the plane barefoot, later said that she was already ready to become the President of Ukraine, admitted that her dream is to drink vodka, “overslept” a meeting with her fans, bathed in the fountain on Maidan, and came to Parliament again barefoot.

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