Russia considers trade for Ukraine pilot - Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin after his annual televised call-in show in Moscow on Thursday, April 14, told reporters that Russia has maintained contact with the Ukrainian leadership, which is aware of Moscow's stance.
He warned against "rushing" the issue.
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A Russian court last month sentenced Savchenko to 22 years in prison after finding her guilty of complicity in the 2014 killing of two Russian journalists during fighting between Russia-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine.
Savchenko has denied the charges and demanded to be returned to Ukraine. She declared a hunger strike last week.