23:37 GMT23 July 2021
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discusses on Monday in a phone call the settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko discusses on Monday in a phone call the settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, bilateral relations as well as the access of the Ukrainian consul-general to Nadezhda Savchenko imprisoned in Russia for war crimes, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

    "During the conversation, the leaders discussed the settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the current issues of bilateral relations. The sides also touched upon the fate of Nadezhda Savchenko, as well as the fate of Russian nationals Aleksandrov and Yerofeev," Peskov said.

    "The presidents agreed to facilitate the access of the Ukrainian consul-general in Rostov-on-Don to Savchenko as soon as possible," Peskov added.

    A Kiev court sentenced earlier on Monday Yevgeny Yerofeev and Alexander Aleksandrov, who were detained in May 2015 in eastern Ukraine, each to 14 years in prison after finding them guilty of terrorist activities, "conducting an aggressive war," and other activities leading to the death of humans.

    Savchenko was sentenced in late March to a 22-year jail term in Russia for her part in killing Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine, and refused to appeal the ruling, but Ukrainian authorities have been trying to organize her possible exchange for detained Russian nationals.

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