Ukranian pilot imprisoned in Russia goes on hunger strike

Ukranian pilot imprisoned in Russia goes on hunger strike

Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko has started another hunger strike while in Russian custody, according to her lawyer.

Lawyer Mark Feygin said in a Twitter post that Savchenko began a dry hunger strike on Wednesday, refusing both water and food.

A Russian court last month sentenced her to 22 years in prison after finding her guilty of complicity in the 2014 killing of two Russian journalists during fighting between Russia-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine.

The verdict took effect on Tuesday after Savchenko decided not to appeal.

Savchenko has denied the charges and demanded to be returned to Ukraine. She has gone on several hunger strikes during her nearly two years in Russian detention.

The United States and European countries have joined Ukraine in urging her release.

More in this Section

Violent clashes intensify in Hong Kong as both sides blame the otherViolent clashes intensify in Hong Kong as both sides blame the other

Macron personally told Trump about Iran envoy’s G7 visit, source saysMacron personally told Trump about Iran envoy’s G7 visit, source says

US policeman ‘lied about being shot in shoulder’US policeman ‘lied about being shot in shoulder’

Gordon Brown calls for independent inquiry into impact of no-deal BrexitGordon Brown calls for independent inquiry into impact of no-deal Brexit


Lifestyle

In August 1969, headlines were dominated by Northern Ireland and the beginnings of what was to become known as “the Troubles”.August 26, 2019: A look back at what happened on this day in years gone by

Hundreds of grey seals, the ‘people of the sea’, haul out on Great Blasket’s Trá Bán.Blasket Island seals have cousins in Namibia

More From The Irish Examiner