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Ukraine president en route to Russia for swap deal

25 May 2016 11:53

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is traveling to eastern Russia, taking along with him two Russian prisoners, to be exchanged with Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, a report says.

Interfax said the presidential aircraft carrying Russian citizens Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov would shortly leave Kiev for the Russian port city of Rostov-on-Don, where Savchenko has already been transferred.

Back in March, a court in Russia sentenced the helicopter pilot to 22 years in prison for complicity in the death of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine two years before.

The 34-year-old pilot, who was fighting in a Ukrainian military group against pro-Russia forces at the time, denied the charges.

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