“The EU continues to call for the immediate release of Nadia Savchenko. The case of Ms Savchenko has been consistently raised by the EU with the Russian authorities. The EU intends to be present when the final verdict in the case of Ms Savchenko is pronounced”, the EU Delegation in Ukraine tweeted on March 4.
The EU office in Kyiv reiterated it would continue to convey to Russian authorities its position also over cases of other Ukrainian citizens illegally detained in Russia, which contradicts respective provisions of the Minsk agreements, as all hostages that were detained during the conflict in eastern Ukraine should be released.
Previously, on March 4, Savchenko’s defense team visited her in pre-trail detention facility and published her letter where the pilot said she didn’t change her mind about another waterless hunger strike, which she announced on March 3; thus, she started fasting on March 4, demanding to let her go to Ukraine “dead or alive”.
Savchenko claimed she would resist feeding or making any tests, adding that she would only allow Ukrainian doctors to examine her. She also said that any resort to physical force will be considered as torture, which she would resist.
As 112 International reported, the Donetsk city court in Rostov region, Russia, announced a break in the hearing of Savchenko’s case until March 9. Thus, the court deprived her of the right to deliver her final speech. The text of her speech was later uploaded at Facebook. Savchenko, in particular, stated that she’s going for another hunger strike if Russia doesn’t let her go. Under her current health conditions, a waterless hunger strike poses direct life risk.
In mid-December 2015, Russian court ruled that the pilot stays in detention until April 2016.