German Foreign Ministry considers option to send doctors to Savchenko
16:16, 11 March 2016

German Foreign Ministry considers option to send doctors to Savchenko

Ukraine asks the German side to send them to examine the pilot as soon as possible

16:16, 11 March 2016

“Based on this request, we will surely check what kind of opportunities Germany has to assist (Ukraine) in the humanitarian area”, Martin Schaefer, the Ministry’s Official representative, reported as quoted by TASS.

Previously, on March 10, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk turned to the country’s government on behalf of the Ukrainian President Poroshenko, asking to send doctors to examine Nadiya Savchenko. The pilot’s heath has seriously weakened due to continuous detention and a number of hunger strikes, including the waterless one, which she ceased on March 9.  Savchenko denies all accusations of Russian prosecutors, demanding to let her go.

On March 9, Savchenko’s lawyer Mark Feygin published the letter sent to Nadia Savchenko, allegedly by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, in which she was asked to stop her hunger strike. Besides, the letter stated that the President would like to see Savchenko in the new Ukrainian government. On Thursday, Feygin updated his Twitter, saying the letter was fake and most likely fabricated by Russian special services so as to discredit both Savchenko and the Ukrainian authorities in this situation

In mid-December 2015, Russian court ruled that the pilot stays in detention until April 2016

Nadia Savchenko, MP and former Ukraine’s Air Force officer, was captured by pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine in summer 2014. She says they captured her, forcefully brought her to Russia and passed her to Russian investigative authorities. Savchenko is charged with murder of two Russian reporters who worked in eastern Ukraine without any permission of the Ukrainian government. She is also charged with the illegal crossing of the Russian border. The pilot, her defense team and the Ukrainian government deny all charges, demanding to release her.  

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