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10:11 23.03.2016

Ukrainian captivity as the salvation from Putin

In the day of criminal sentencing of Nadiya Savchenko (she was sentenced to 22 years in prison), The President of Ukraine declared his readiness to exchange her for Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev, Russian GRU [military intelligence] officers.

According to Poroshenko, the criminal sentence of Savchenko, "by its absurdity and cruelty demonstrates the return of the Russian justice under Stalin-Vyshinsky." The President's words enter in contradiction with his proposal of the exchange of Savchenko, as in the Stalin era captive militaries were often considered as enemies of the nation, and their life was devalued. Once Stalin even refused to exchange his own son to release him from the German captivity. Poroshenko has to understand it and, most likely, he made an exchange offer simply to demonstrate his concern about Nadiya's destiny to society.

After all, such proposals were heard from the Ukrainian authorities in the past; however, they did not attract any attention.

In Russia there are other plans regarding the fate of their citizens. As the chief military prosecutor Anatoly Matios said on March 21 at a press briefing, "...from the intelligence agencies was received reliable information, confirmed by our foreign partners, about the attempt, preparation and planning of the liquidation of Alexander and Yerofeyev." The attempted murder was meant to happen during the transportation of the GRU officers to the court.

Thus, if we call things by their proper names, theoretically, Ukraine is ready not to exchange, but to sacrifice Yerofeyev and Alexandrov for the sake of Nadiya Savchenko’s return.

Well, Russian militaries need to think more at their leisure time about the meaning of the well-known proverb “he ran into what he fought for.”

Igor Olegovich