Ukraine conflict's most famous prisoner declares hunger strike

The most famous prisoner of the Ukraine conflict, Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, announced on Thursday that she was going on a hunger strike while on trial in Russia for murder, Ukrainian state news agency Ukrinform reported.

Savchenko faces more than 20 years in Russian prison on the allegation that she gave Ukrainian national forces the coordinates for an attack in which two Russian journalists were killed.

Savchenko said she would go without food until the end of the trial because the proceedings were abruptly postponed without giving her a chance to make her final statement, Ukrinform reported. The trial is expected to finish next week.

Ukraine has appointed Savchenko as a member of its delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), giving her diplomatic immunity.

However, the Russian prosecutor has argued that the immunity is not applicable to the case because the appointment was made after the alleged attack.

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

Last update: Thu, 03/03/2016 - 16:50
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