As an elected delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Nadia Savchenko is challenging Russia’s refusal to take her special status in consideration in criminal proceedings, Ukraine Today reports.

The 33-year old Ukrainian fighter says she was captured last summer in eastern Ukraine by Russia-backed insurgents, and then illegally moved to Moscow, where she was charged with alleged involvement in the killing of two Russian journalists in the Donbas.

Savchenko was also elected a member of Ukraine’s Parliament in October and is seen by many as a national hero, being persistent in defying her detainment and remaining on hunger strike most of the time since last December.

International efforts are being made to secure Savchenko’s release.

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