Relatives of captured Ukrainian servicemen rally for their release

Relatives holding placards with pictures of Ukrainian servicemen captured by pro-Russian separatists in the uncontrolled territories of Ukrainian Donbass at a rally yesterday outside the office of President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev. Ukrainian pilot N
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Relatives holding placards with pictures of Ukrainian servicemen captured by pro-Russian separatists in the uncontrolled territories of Ukrainian Donbass at a rally yesterday outside the office of President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev. Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was freed from a Russian jail last May and is currently a lawmaker in the Ukrainian Parliament and a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, organised the rally to pressure for the release of Ukrainian prisoners of war in rebel-held eastern parts of the country. She also launched a hunger strike on Aug 2 in protest at the government's failure to secure the return of the prisoners.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 09, 2016, with the headline 'Relatives of captured Ukrainian servicemen rally for their release'. Print Edition | Subscribe