Judges began to pronounce the verdict in the Ukrainian fighter pilot's case on March 21; it will be read for two consecutive days.
During the session, the court recognized Savchenko guilty of killing two Russian TV journalists near Luhansk in June 2014, TASS reported.
Savchenko delivered a speech where she urged to release fellow Ukrainians from Russian prisons. “Apart from me, we also need to release Sentsov, Kolchenko, Karpyuk, Klych, Lytvynov, Soloshenko and more Ukrainian citizens, a lot of people, whom they captured and put into Russian jail. So, I’m not the one to begin this struggle, and it goes far beyond my case. We’ll stand ground till the end. I do not believe anyone in here”, Savchenko said.
Nadiya's lawyer Mark Feygin added that the pilot intends to start another hunger strike 10 days after the sentence comes into force. "She reckons that she will be released immediately after that date", Feygin said.
Press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov restrained from giving any comments on the verdict in Savchenko's case which is being pronounced.
MEP Rebecca Harms, known for her support to Ukraine and Savchenko in particular, described what is happening in court as "a show and nightmare". Later that day, Lithuanian President Dalia Gribauskaite called the trial false and mockery.
When the court made a break for lunch at noon (Kyiv time), Savchenko's lawyers gave a briefing. They said they failed to persuade her to refuse from the hunger strike, and that Nadiya stays firm in her demands from the Russian authorities - to let her go. "She is not interested in what's happening in court room, and she's not going to file any appeals on the sentence, as she is absolutely sure there is no justice or fair verdict in this case", Mark Feygin said. He quoted Savchenko who asked the lawyers to continue the wide international campaign to support her.
After the lunch, the court session resumed. The judge read the statement of reasons in the sentence, with testimonies of witnesses for the prosecution.
At about 15.20, lawyer Nikolai Polozov tweeted that five men, presumably pro-Kremlin activitsts, who wore T-shirts with images of the killed Russian reporters entered the courtroom. Later, the Ukrainian delegation supporting Savchenko was allowed into the courtroom, too.
The judge announced results of researches and expertises, which were qualified as evidence in court.
Later, the judge read the testimonies of defense witnesses, which, according to Nikolai Polozov, were "zipped to two pages" in the multipage sentence.
Donetsk city court in Rostov region in Russia will continue delivering the verdict in the case of Ukrainian pilot, MP and currently a political prisoner in Russia Nadia Savchenko tomorrow, on March 22 at 10 a.m., informed the presiding judge.
Today’s hearing was dedicated to the delivery of testimony of prosecution and defense, results of the expertise, analysis of video files and forensic evidence.
The court’s hearing lasted for 8 hours.
Watch the online broadcast provided by 112 Ukraine TV channel (in Russian):