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    Former Ukrainian army pilot Nadezhda Savchenko looks out from a glass-walled cage as she attends a court hearing in the southern border town of Donetsk in Rostov region, Russia, in this file picture taken March 9, 2016

    German FM Hopes Savchenko Release to Give Ukraine-Russia Talks New Dynamic

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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday that he hoped that the release of Ukrainian national Nadezhda Savchenko, convicted in Russia of being an accomplice to the murder of two journalists in Donbas, would bring a new dynamic into the Russia-Ukraine dialogue.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to pardon Savchenko. She was delivered to Kiev following the pardoning.

    On the same day, a plane carrying Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov, Russian citizens convicted and sentenced in Ukraine for terrorism-related activities landed at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport, after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a corresponding decree to pardon them.

    "I hope that release of Savchenko…will bring a new dynamic into the negotiations between Ukraine and Russia," Steinmeier told journalists in Berlin.

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