Ukrainian MPs appeal to Merkel and Hollande for Savchenko release (Video)

16:54, 14 January 2015
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The Ukrainian parliament has appealed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and Russian President Vladimir Putin for the release of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko from detention in Russia.

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister and current member of parliament Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the Fatherland Party, has called the release of Savchenko a matter of life and death due to Savchenko’s hunger strike and refusal to accept injections, Ukraine Today reports. 

The members of Tymoshenko's party wore t-shirts with the slogan “Free Nadiya Savchenko” during a session of parliament on December 13, in support of their colleague who was elected parliament in 2014 early elections and remains detained in Russian prison.

Volodymyr Hroisman, the speaker of Ukraine's parliament, said Savchenko was an example of hope and heroism, but urged her to stop her hunger strike.

The 33-year-old Savchenko has been on hunger strike for over a month, calling unlawful her seven-month controversial detainment in Russia after Russian forces took Ukraine’s first female pilot from Ukrainian territory, where she had been captured by militants.

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