On Tuesday, April 19, Etobicoke Centre MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj delivered a statement on the floor of Canada’s House of Commons calling on the Russian government to release and return kidnapped air force pilot Nadia Savchenko to her native Ukraine.
Wrzesnewskyj’s House of Commons statement read:
Nadia Savchenko, Ukraine’s first female fighter pilot, was captured and kidnapped out of Ukraine during Russia’s military invasion.
In 2014, Savchenko was among the protestors in Maidan, who stood up to the corrupt rule of Viktor Yanukovych. As an officer of Ukraine’s armed forces, she defended the unity of her country against Russian mercenaries and proxies from the East. She is a duly elected Ukrainian Member of Parliament and a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The attempt to break Ukraine’s spirit through the farce of a trial of Ukraine’s Joan of Arc has in fact strengthened her resolve. As she stated at the conclusion of her show trial which sentenced her to 22 years: “Russia will return me to Ukraine…dead or alive,” and declared a hunger strike. She is close to death, another in the long list of victims of Putin’s regime.
I call on our Parliament to show our support for Nadia and demand of Putin that she be returned to her beloved Ukraine. Haдю, Cлaвa Укpaїнi, Гepoям Cлaвa.
Wrzesnewskyj has frequently spoken out against Russian state-sponsored human rights abuses, including recently on the anniversary of the murder of Russian physicist, statesman and opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.