Ukrainian protesters demand that Russia release Savchenko

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Posted: Mar 08, 2016 9:01 AM
Ukrainian protesters demand that Russia release Savchenko

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A few hundred people have marched from Ukraine's Defense Ministry to the Russian Embassy in Kiev to demand that Russia release Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko.

Among those taking part in Tuesday's demonstration were members of Ukraine's parliament and a journalist who was recently released after spending more than a year held by Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Savchenko was captured in June 2014 while fighting with a Ukrainian volunteer battalion in eastern Ukraine. She is now on trial in southern Russia, accused of acting as a spotter who called in coordinates for a mortar attack that killed two Russian journalists and several other civilians.

Savchenko has been on a hunger strike since Thursday. Her trial is expected to resume on Wednesday, with a verdict possible this week.