28 February, 2015 – OTTAWA –   The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) calls upon Canadians to

demonstrate their support for Lt. Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian air force pilot, Member of Parliament

and PACE delegate who has been illegally imprisoned by the Russian Federation since June, 2014. On

March 1, 2015 a global action day in support of Nadiya Savchenko is being held. The UCC calls on the

Russian Federation to immediately release Savchenko.

Savchenko is in the 78th day of a hunger strike to protest her illegal detention. Her health has

deteriorated significantly. Earlier this week, Savchenko wrote,

“I am inexpressibly grateful for all your support, and your avid struggle on my behalf!  In

my wildest dreams I couldn’t have imagined such help. I am also fighting!  I am not

giving up and will not be broken! This is because I am fighting not only for myself, but

against a system which maims and kills only those who fear it and is impotent against

those who are fearless. I am not afraid!  There are many of us here, Ukrainians in

Russian prisons.  It’s necessary to get the first out, after that it’s easier to fight for each

of them! Ukrainians have already given the world an example through the Revolution of

Dignity of how to fight a glutted criminal regime. Now I and all of Ukraine are forced to

fight our neighbour’s iniquitous regime. Wish me and Ukraine success in this unequal

battle, through your support in the global action on March 1, 2015!”

“The Putin regime has, by its continued detention of Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian prisoners,

once again demonstrated its contempt for  international law and disregard for human rights,” stated

Paul Grod, National President of the UCC. “Russia continues to wage war against Ukraine and illegally

imprison Ukrainian citizens. The international community must hold Russia to account for these illegal



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