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Ukraine's Savchenko Urges Trump To 'Strengthen' Sanctions Against Russia

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Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko spent nearly two years in Russian custody before she was released and returned to Ukraine in May

Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko spent nearly two years in Russian custody before she was released and returned to Ukraine in May

Ukrainian lawmaker Nadia Savchenko has urged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to "strengthen sanctions" against Russia.

In her letter posted on Facebook on November 10, Savchenko urged Trump to provide Ukraine with the "diplomatic, technical, and military support" to fight Russia's aggression.

Savchenko said the current standoff between Kyiv and Moscow over Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its support of pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine was reminiscent of the situation in Europe before World War II.

"I want to add that you have all the possibilities to prevent World War III," Savchenko wrote.

Savchenko, a former military aviator, spent nearly two years in Russian custody before she was released and returned to Ukraine in May. She was elected to parliament in 2014 while being held in Russia.

During his election campaign, Trump said he might look into the possibility of lifting U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia over its actions in Ukraine.

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