Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadia Savchenko ‘s health worsened as she continues her hunger strike, her lawyer Nikolai Polozov tweeted.
“I met Nadia in the pre-trial detention center. It’s the 26th day of her hunger strike, she lost more than 15 kilograms; she doesn’t look very good, but she’s holding on well”.
Polozov noted that Savchenko’s health raises concerns; she suffers pain in her pancreas and waves of nausea. However, the attempts to persuade her to stop the hunger strike were unsuccessful.
Polozov also published photo of Savchenko’s letter to fellow Ukrainians.
In December 2015, Donetsk city court in Rostov region, Russia, extended the period of Savchenko’s detention until April 2016. The day after that, Savchenko announced a hunger strike till the end of the court process, demanding to release her and let her go to Ukraine.
Nadia Savchenko, MP and former officer of Ukraine’s Air Force, is charged with murder of two Russian TV reporters who worked in summer 2014 in the combat area in eastern Ukraine without any permission of the Ukrainian government. The prosecution claims that Savchenko adjusted artillery fire during an attack of Ukrainian servicemen that presumably killed the reporters.
The pilot is also accused of the illegal crossing of the Russian border.
Savchenko, her defense team and the Ukrainian government deny all charges and demand to set her free.