In an interview with Interfax, Feygin said that the Ukrainian pilot continues her waterless hunger strike as she expects the Ukrainian court’s decision in the Yerofeev and Alexandrov case.
Servicemen of Russia’s Special Forces Yevgeniy Yerofeev and Alexandr Alexandrov were detained near Schastya, Luhansk region, in May 2015, while on a combat mission; they used to serve with the so-called “Luhansk People’s Republic”. They were arrested, brought to Kyiv and charged with terrorism and illegal crossing of the Ukrainian border. After almost a year since they were detained, the Ukrainian court is ready to pronounce the verdict in their case. As of 2 p.m. Monday, they were brought to the court room where they are to hear the verdict.
“Savchenko expects the decision of the court; base on it, she will decide what to do next”, Feygin said, adding that Nadiya hopes she would be exchanged on the Russian servicemen.
The member of Nadiya Savchenko’s defense team added that Yerofeev and Alexandrov could challenge the verdict in court. “The Russian side might instruct its consulate in Kyiv to challenge the verdict”, he said. According to Feygin, Savchenko’s defense and relatives continue to convince her to stop starving, but she’s only doing what she thinks is necessary”.
Feygin added that the defendant’s health conditions somewhat stabilized after Russian doctors started giving her I.V. injections in the pre-trial detention facility.
Meanwhile, the office of Ombudsman in Rostov stated that Savchenko’s health conditions are “satisfactory”. Besides, most recently she has once again refused examination by Russian doctors, reads the message of Ombudsman Anatoliy Kharkovskiy. The official answered to the recent letter of his Ukrainian counterpart Valeriya Lutkovska, who asked the Russian side to see that Savchenko receives necessary medical help.
Last week, Lutkovska twice turned to Russian ombudswoman Ella Pamfilova asking to let Ukrainian doctors visit Savchenko. The official added that she had no answer from Pamfilova’s officer so she turned to her counterpart in Rostov region. “The answer is extremely disturbing, because, according to Nadiya Savchenko’s lawyer, her health is so weak she can’t be convoyed to correctional facility”, Lutkovska said.