Putin, Poroshenko discuss jailed Ukrainian pilot, Russians held in Ukraine: Kremlin

Ukrainian airforce helicopter navigator Nadezhda (Nadya) Savchenko looks out from a defendants' cage during a hearing at a court in the southern Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov region, on February 1, 2016Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on Monday discussed the fate of a hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot jailed in Russia and two Russians captured and tried in Ukraine, the Kremlin said. “The issue of Nadezhda Savchenko as well as the fate of Russian nationals Aleksander Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev has been touched upon,” the Kremlin said following the phone call, referring to the Ukrainian pilot by the Russian version of her first name. Poroshenko has previously proposed swapping Savchenko for the Russians, who were sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison for fighting in Ukraine’s rebel east.

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