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Freed Ukrainian pilot Savchenko launches new hunger strike

Freed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko holds a press-conference in Kiev on August 2, 2016, announcing her plans for a new hunger strikeA Ukrainian pilot released from a Russian jail in May launched a fresh hunger strike Tuesday in protest over Kiev’s failure to secure the return of other prisoners of war in the separatist east. A Russian court sentenced the 35-year-old army helicopter navigator Nadiya Savchenko to 22 years in prison in March over the 2014 killing of two Russian journalists in the Ukrainian war zone. One of Savchenko’s biggest causes has been ensuring the release of more than 100 Ukrainian soldiers captured by pro-Russian insurgents who control swathes of the former Soviet republic’s industrial southeast.

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