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 "We can meet in Luhansk, Donetsk and then Kyiv," - Savchenko says new talks with militant leaders being arranged

Non-affiliated Member of Ukrainian Parliament Nadiia Savchenko plans further meetings with leaders of the terrorist organizations "DPR" Alexander Zakharchenko and "LPR" Igor Plotnitsky, expects to hold one of them in Kyiv.

As reported by Censor.NET citing LB.UA, she said on Thursday on air of Shuster Live TV show.

"I do not think these meetings should continue on permanent basis or last long as the Minsk process does. But we agreed at our first meeting that further meetings are possible. I believe that we should not meet 7, 12, 200 kilometers away. We are in Ukraine and next time we can meet in Luhansk or Donetsk, and then Kyiv. I am arranging the next meeting," she said.

On Dec. 7, Savchenko secretly visited Minsk to meet with leaders of terrorist organizations "DPR" and "LPR" Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said this meeting was not agreed. Savchenko was summoned for questioning to the SBU, where she confirmed the fact of negotiations.

On Dec. 20, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andrii Parubii announced the expulsion of Nadiia Savchenko from the Batkivshchyna parliamentary faction. Later on, Savchenko was excluded from Batkivshchyna. However, Yuliia Tymoshenko, the leader, said the party would not initiate Nadiia's resignation as MP because people gave their votes for her during the election.

On Dec. 22, Savchenko was expelled from Ukraine's delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and later from the Parliamentary Committee for National Defense and Security.

Read more: Savchenko banished from Batkivshchyna parliamentary faction

On Dec. 27, militants handed over two captive women Anzhelika Presniakova and Olha Svorak to Volodymyr Ruban, the head of Officers Corps NGO engaged in the hostage liberation process.

Nadiia Savchenko is not included in an official group of negotiators. Together with Volodymyr Ruban, she unofficially met with the separatist leaders in Minsk.

Savchenko says she was abducted by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in June 2014 and taken illegally into Russia, where she was jailed and tried on charges of involvement in what Moscow called the killing of two Russian journalists who died in the conflict between the separatists and Kyiv's forces.

See more: "DPR" unaware of hostages liberated by Savchenko: "No one told us!" PHOTOS

Savchenko was convicted earlier this year and sentenced to 22 years in prison, but was pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 25 and released in a swap for two Russians held by Kyiv, which said they were servicemen. She was widely hailed as a hero upon her return to Ukraine, but has faced criticism from nationalists since then.
 
 
 
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