"In my opinion, this is a special operation paid by Medvedchuk and agreed with the Lubianka [the FSB]. Such a visit of Savchenko could not be sanctioned only by Surkov [a Putin's aide]," he said.
"Alas, Nadiia Savchenko has once again proved to be a narrow-minded person. This is sad. What we have now is something I predicted earlier. She fell under the influence of people whose interests are not limited to Ukraine and is being actively used by them for some tactical purposes. We have a spike in violence around Avdiivka, new corpses each day, difficulties surrounding the blockade, and she goes to occupied territory. This is wrong," the lawyer said.
"I can't say how deeply Nadiia is involved in all this, but her sister Vira is involved rather deeply. And she has access to Medvedchuk. And Ruban is also a Medvedchuk's man. I am sure all this is detrimental to the cause of the liberation of prisoners," he added.
A video of Savchenko visiting Ukrainian prisoners in the occupied Donbas was uploaded on YouTube on Feb. 24.
Earlier, militants of the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic" aka "DPR" said head of the Ukrainian Center for Prisoners Release Volodymyr Ruban and independent member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Nadiia Savchenko arrived in the occupied area of the Donetsk region "to visit Ukrainian POWs."
The Security Service of Ukraine interviewed Ruban over the fact of violation of the demarcation line crossing order and canceled his permit. Ruban called the decision a "revenge for Savchenko."