Ukrainian pilot Savchenko detained in Russia to continue hunger strike
MOSCOW, January 12 (RAPSI) - Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who has been charged with complicity in the murder of Russian journalists, will not put an end to her hunger strike, her attorney Mark Feygin wrote on his Twitter account on Monday.
Savchenko declared a hunger strike on December 15. According to attorney Nikolai Polozov, she has already lost over 12 kilograms (about 26.5 pounds).
Savchenko, a former Ukrainian military pilot, was detained in Russia in July. She is accused of being linked to the murder of Russian journalists during the shelling of the self-defense forces in the Ukrainian region of Lugansk.
Television correspondent Igor Kornelyuk and sound engineer Anton Voloshin were killed on June 17 in a mortar attack. Both journalists were later buried in Moscow.
Savchenko denies the allegations and insists she has no relation to the death of the journalists. According to Feygin, Ukrainian authorities are also conducting an investigation into the death of Russian journalists. He says that key evidence passed by Ukrainian authorities shows that Savchenko was detained an hour before the journalists’ death.