Savchenko begins 'dry' hunger strike

12:05, 06 April 2016
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Ukrainian pilot, MP and member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Nadia Savchenko, who has been sentenced by a Russian court to 22 years in prison, resumed hunger strike, refusing to consume both food and water.


Savchenko's lawyer, Mark Feygin, said on April 6 that his client's demand was "her immediate return to Ukraine."

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Donetsk City Court of Russia's Rostov region sentenced Savchenko to 22 years' imprisonment in a penal colony.

Savchenko, 34, was charged with complicity in the June 2014 deaths of two Russian journalists near Luhansk, Ukraine, as well as with illegally entering Russia.

Russian officials say she directed mortar fire against a checkpoint manned by Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine that resulted in the deaths of the journalists.

Savchenko denies the charges, saying she did not recognize the Russian court or its right to try her.

Read alsoSavchenko starts serving sentence, to resume "dry" hunger strike on April 6She earlier announced he had decided not to appeal the verdict and would renew her "dry" hunger strike from April 6.

Savchenko started serving her sentence in Russia on April 5.

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