"The United States is deeply concerned by today's decision by a Russian court to continue the detention of Ukrainian Member of Parliament Nadiya Savchenko to May 13. Ms. Savchenko has been on a hunger strike for 75 days to protest being held hostage by Russian authorities. The United States deplores her continued ill-treatment and is deeply concerned by reports of her deteriorating health," the statement reads.
"By any standard, Russia's detention and treatment of Ms. Savchenko is unacceptable. We call on Russia to honor its commitments under the September 2014 Minsk agreements and the February 15 implementation plan by immediately releasing Nadiya Savchenko and all other Ukrainian hostages," the State Department concluded.
Yesterday, the Moscow City Court ruled to leave the Ukrainian pilot in detention. Savchenko has been forcibly held in Russia after being kidnapped in the Luhansk region in June 2014. She is accused of involvement in the murder of two Russian journalists who died in June 2014 in the course of Russian aggression in the Donbas. During the investigation she was originally arrested until Feb. 13, 2015. Savchenko denies all charges.
She was elected a member of parliament from Batkivshchyna party. Ukraine's Foreign Ministry insists that Savchenko is being detained illegally. The EU as well as the US cal on Russia to release Savchenko.