The Russian authorities succumbed to pressure from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and let Ukrainian medics see Nadezhda Savchenko on May 9, wrote Irina Geraschenko, a Ukrainian MP, on her Facebook page.

On March 8, a team of three Ukrainian medics is leaving Kiev for Russia’s Rostov region to examine Nadezhda Savchenko and give her medical aid.

“While putting together a qualified group of medics, they kept in mind suggestions of Nadezhda’s mother and sister,” Gearschenko wrote.

According to Geraschenko, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko confirmed the information about Ukrainian medics being allowed to visit Savchenko.

“The Ukrainian President has entrusted the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry with setting up a special commission charged with coordinating activities for rescuing Nadezhda Svachenko. Poroshenko has met with Mariya Ivanovna, Nadezhda’s mother, and talked with her on the phone on several occasions. We are doing our best to help Mariya reunite with her daughter,” the message says.

Geraschenko went on to say that it was too early to disclose all the details of the rescue plan at this stage because they are now working hard on implementing it.

An international rally in support of Nadezhda Savchenko and other political prisoners is scheduled to take place in Russia on March 9, 2016. Ukrainian diplomatic missions and NGOs are now working on organizing peaceful rallies in other countries.