During her closing speech before the court, the detained Ukrainian stood on a bench inside her cage and showed an obscene gesture to judges. She said as follows:
“The court stole a week of my life from me, so you’ve got a week to come up with a decision; maybe I’ll live long enough to hear it. You could own up to a mistake, but you won’t admit you are guilty. You can announce the verdict now or tomorrow, or in late April, or another six months… If you want to show your strength – alright, bring it on, but remember you’re gambling with my life. The stakes are high, and I’ll win. I’ve got nothing to lose. If the verdict is announced later than in a week, I’ll continue with my waterless hunger strike. I’m done talking and I’m not going to wait for the verdict. That would be all, thank you!”.
Earlier today, Nadia’s lawyer Mark Feygin said that the Russian court is to announce the verdict on March 21. The same morning, Nadia's mother came to Rostov-on-Don to visit her daughters, as the pilot's sister Vira stays in Rostov, too.
Savchenko’s been on a waterless hunger strike since March 4, which under her current health conditions poses serious danger to her life. The pilot demands that the Russian court release her and let her go home dead or alive. On March 8, Russian authorities agreed to let Ukrainian doctors to the custody where Savchenko is being held so as to examine her, as she refuses examination or any treatment provided by the local doctors.