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Former Ukrainian army pilot Nadezhda Savchenko gestures from inside a glass-walled cage during a verdict hearing at a Russian court

Lithuania has added to its «black list» 46 Russian and Ukrainian nationals for involvement in kidnapping, trying and convicting Ukrainian army pilot Nadezhda Savchenko and two more Ukrainians.

Reuters reports that Ukraine expanded sanctions against Russia in March and called on the European Union to do the same, and Lithuania became the first EU state to follow suit by banning 46 people from entering Lithuania for 10 years.

«We blacklisted them to show our solidarity with Ukraine, and to focus attention on the unacceptable and cynical violations of international law and human rights in Russia. We are convinced that the court cases against those people were falsified,» Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius comented to Reuters.

He added that those blacklisted include Russian investigators, prosecutors and judges, as well as separatists from the seized parts of Luhansk and Donetsk regions in Ukraine, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told Reuters.

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