Vera Savchenko says her sister intends to resume hunger strike after verdict is announced

Vera Savchenko, sister of Nadiya Savchenko, said that Nadiya intends to resume her hunger strike after the verdict is announced, which is scheduled for March 21 and 22. 

As Vera said to the broadcast television "5 Channel" on the phone, she and their mother are not allowed to visit, nor are Ukrainian doctors, but only members of the Local Public Monitoring Commission. According to her, they gave Nadiya Savchenko baby food to stop the dry fast.

According to the lawyers, the health status of the Ukrainian woman has significantly deteriorated as a result of many days of a dry hunger strike.

Nadiya Savchenko has been charged with the murder of two Russian journalists. It is widely believed that Savchenko was in fact captured by Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) separatists in eastern Ukraine and was illegally transported to Russia, where the case was fabricated against her.

On March 2nd, the prosecutor’s office requested that she be sentenced to 23 years in a penal colony plus a fine of 100,000 rubles ($1,400).

Savchenko declared a dry hunger strike on March 3rd after the Donetsk City Court in the Rostov region announced that she would not be given a chance to make her final closing statement during a court hearing.

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