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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

    Russians Imprisoned in Ukraine Not to Be Swapped for Savchenko - Source

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    Two Russians serving their sentences in Ukrainian prisons will not be swapped for Ukrainian national Nadezhda Savchenko serving a sentence for the murder of two Russian journalists, a source dealing with the extradition requests between Russia and Ukraine said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In May, Alexandrov and Yerofeyev were taken prisoner near a front-line town in the Lugansk region in eastern Ukraine. The Kiev authorities have claimed that the detainees were active-duty Russian army servicemen.

    The men are facing charges of terrorism-related activities, illegally crossing the border, illegally transfering weapons and ammunition and the illegal possession of weapons, among other charges.

    The source said that international agreements do not assume the swapping of prisoners serving terms in countries other than their home country and that each case is handled separately.

    “It is possible to make extraditions in groups between one another [Kiev and Moscow], but we don’t have any plans of doing this,” the source said.

    Savchenko was sentenced in late March to a 22-year jail term in Russia for her part in killing Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine. She subsequently refused to appeal the ruling. The Ukrainian authorities, however, have been trying to find ways for her possible return to her homeland, including through an exchange for Russian nationals held in Ukraine.

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