41st PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION
EDITED HANSARD • NUMBER 184
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS
[Statements by Members]
Mr. Speaker, Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot, Iraqi war veteran, and member of the Ukrainian parliament, has been held as a prisoner of war in Russia since June 24, 2014.
Last summer, Nadiya was kidnapped by Russian armed and Russian-led forces and illegally transferred to Russia. There she was detained and questioned by Russian intelligence about the deaths of two Russian journalists during a mortar attack, but cellphone records confirm that she was already in Russian custody before the journalists were killed. Nonetheless, Russian courts have continued to push the Kremlin’s falsehood that she crossed the border voluntarily and have refused appeals for bail or house arrest.
This past Sunday, on International Women’s Day, supporters in Toronto, across Canada, and around the world came together to fast in solidarity with Nadiya’s 83-day hunger strike and to call for her immediate release.
Canada and the House should join their American and European allies and pass a resolution demanding Nadiya’s immediate return to Ukraine.
[Member spoke in Ukrainian as follows:]
Slava Ukraini. Slava heroini.