Ukrainian aviatrix and MP Nadia Savchenko has announced a termless thirst and hunger strike starting April 6. She demands her immediate transfer under guard to Ukraine.
“As a response to the criminal actions of the Russian authorities against me and against Ukraine, I declare a termless dry strike beginning from April 6, 2016. I demand to immediately bring me back to Ukraine. I ban my transfer under guard to any place, except for Ukraine,” Intarfax-Ukraine quotes a letter written by Savchenko.
Mark Feygin, Nadiya’s defense lawyer, confirms she has started hunger-striking again.
Надежда Савченко начала сухую голодовку #FreeSavchenko
— Mark Feygin (@mark_feygin) April 6, 2016
On March 22, Russia’s court found Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian military pilot, guilty of complicity in the deaths of two Russian journalists who were killed by mortar fire, and sentenced her to 22 years in a penal colony.
On April 5, the verdict court took into effect. Savchenko refused to appeal against conviction.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed his readiness to swap two Russian GRU force fighters,Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov , who were detained in Ukraine in May 2015, for Nadiya Savchenko,
In his turn, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that no consultations on the subject were planned at that moment and added that the exchange was up to Vladimir Putin.
The trial of Savchenko started In September, 2015. The Ukrainian pilot is accused of murdering Russian journalists and illegal border crossing. In her turn, the woman denies any wrongdoing. According to Savchenko, she was abducted by force and transported to Russia. In protest, Nadiya Savchenko started hunger-striking several times. Savchenko’s lawyers state that at the moment shelling the defendant was in captivity in Russia and, consequently, she was not able to regulate fire.