Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko was sentenced to 22 years in prison in Russia


“The motive for the crimes committed by the accused was hatred and hostility towards the inhabitants of the Lugansk region, and towards Russian-speaking people as a whole,” the judge said. The main word “guilty” was still not pronounced on Monday, as the standard procedure requests. “I do not care what sort of verdict it is. In 10 days, when the verdict takes effect, I will declare a dry hunger strike  and keep it to the end,” Savchenko said to the media. During the last six months, Savchenko had declared multiple hunger strikes, living days without drinking water. Both leaders of the European Union and U.S. President Barack Obama have called for the Kremlin to free Savchenko; but Russian officials dismissed all calls. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also called on all members of the international community to publicly condemn the verdict.


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