Monday, January 26, 2015

Russia Jails the Proof It's at War

At an end-of-the-year news conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin stuck to his story that violence in Ukraine is the result of indigenous resistance with which Russia has no official involvement.
The Kremlin is sticking to that story as tensions in the region rise again, and an unknown number of U.S. troops prepare to deploy to train Ukraine's national guard. But Putin has failed to explain why Moscow is holding Ukrainian prisoners of war.
Detained Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who 
faces murder charges, at a hearing in Moscow on Nov. 11.
(Photo: Vasily Maximov, AFP/Getty Images)
Russia currently detains 31 Ukrainian servicemembers in the same Moscow prison where the government jailed members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot, according to Moscow lawyer Mark Feygin. He represents Nadiya Savchenko, who was captured in eastern Ukraine last summer.
Paratrooper, Nadiya Savchenko was the only woman 
in 2005 Ukrainian peacekeeping mission to Iraq
Iraq War veteran
Savchenko served in Iraq as part of the international coalition, and later became the first female pilot in the Ukrainian armed forces. She was on a rescue mission near Luhansk when her party was ambushed by pro-Russian separatists June 18. Two days later, she was handed over to Russian intelligence officers inside Ukraine, who transferred her across the border with a sack over her head.
Moscow disputes this version of events, initially claiming that Savchenko voluntarily crossed the Ukrainian-Russian border to ask for asylum.
However, a YouTube video came to light showing Savchenko, in uniform, being interrogated by her captors inside Ukraine while handcuffed to a pipe. It was not exactly the image of someone fleeing persecution.
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