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Ukrainians picket Russian embassy over detained pilot

Protesters hold a portrait of the hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko at a rally supporting her outside the Russian embassy in Kiev on March 6, 2016Hundreds of angry Ukrainians picketed Moscow’s embassy in Kiev on Tuesday as global calls grew for the release of a hunger-striking military helicopter pilot on trial in Russia. Nadia Savchenko is on trial for alleged involvement in the death of two Russian state television journalists in a mortar attack that occurred two months after Ukraine’s pro-Moscow eastern revolt broke out in April 2014. The 34-year-old Iraq war veteran faces up to 23 years in prison if convicted in a case that has drawn global attention and been attended by Western monitors concerned about Russia’s record on human rights.

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