Ukrainian doctors visit pilot in Moscow jail

14th March 2015, Comments 0 comments

Ukrainian doctors have visited pilot Nadiya Savchenko in her Moscow prison for the first time since her capture nine months ago, Ukraine's government said Saturday.

"Thanks to joints efforts of many, from @ poroshenko (President Petro Poroshenko) to our consul in Moscow, Ukrainian doctors are now with Nadiya," Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin tweeted under the #FreeSavchenko hashtag.

Her lawyer Mark Reigin confirmed that the visit was the first time Ukrainian medics were given access to the aviator, who broke off a more-than-80-day hunger strike earlier this month after her health nearly collapsed.

The 33-year-old helicopter pilot, who is also a Ukrainian lawmaker, had previously been seen by German doctors.

In a statement on the website of Savchenko's political party, gastroenterologist Nataliya Kharchenko described the pilot's condition as satisfactory but said she should be "under close medical supervision in hospital".

Savchenko became a symbol of resistance in Ukraine's war against pro-Russian separatists by refusing food to protest her detention.

She is charged with involvement in the deaths of two Russian reporters, who were killed in a mortar attack during the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

She denies the charges and says she was kidnapped and brought to Russia.


© 2015 AFP

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