Poroshenko May Discover That Savchenko Was More Useful to Him in Prison

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By releasing Nadia Savchenko, Russia has thrown an olive branch to Ukraine’s embattled President, Petro Poroshenko. How he uses it will decide the future of eastern Ukraine. However, Moscow didn’t grant clemency to Savchenko for purely benevolent reasons. President Putin’s pardon was, almost certainly, inspired by a desire for sanctions relief and improved relations with the EU.