Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko, sentenced in Russia, is going on a hunger strike on Wednesday, 6 April, her lawyer Mark Feygin said on Facebook.
Earlier on, Savchenko announced plans to begin a dry hunger strike on the tenth working day after the verdict, when it enters into force. The captured Ukrainian pilot demanded to be sent home immediately. She refused to appeal the verdict, despite the fact that it will close her way to its appeal it the European Court of Human Rights.
On 5 April, the sentence handed down on Savchenko entered into force.
On 22 March, a Russian court pronounced Savchenko guilty of the murder of Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin, and sentenced her to 22 years in prison. The court also found her guilty of attempted murder and illegall crossing of the Russian border.
Last week, the presidential administration of Ukraine stated on more than one occasion that they expected “important news regarding Savchenko soon”.