Savchenko declares yet another hunger strike, to free more prisoners

Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was the most famous prisoner of the Ukraine conflict until she was released by Russian authorities in May, declared on Tuesday that she was going on yet another hunger strike.

Savchenko - who went on hunger strike several times during her two years in Russian custody after being captured by rebel forces in eastern Ukraine - said she wanted to push her government to seek the release of other Ukrainian prisoners.

"I've attempted many methods of fighting for these guys as the world fought for me. Now I am fighting for them as I fought for myself," Savchenko told a press conference in Kiev, according to state news agency Ukrinform.

Savchenko, 35, who is now a lawmaker in Ukraine's parliament, called for the relatives of Ukrainian soldiers captured amid the conflict to protest outside government buildings in Kiev next Monday.

Savchenko last announced that she was going on a hunger strike in April to push Russian authorities to reach a verdict in the murder trial against her.

She was soon convicted of aiding in the killing of two Russian journalists. She was then released in a prisoner swap for two Russian nationals accused of serving as soldiers in eastern Ukraine.

Last year, Savchenko reportedly went on a hunger strike for more than 40 days and had to be given nutrients via intravenous injection.

Last update: Tue, 02/08/2016 - 16:30
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