Ukrainian pilot Savchenko’s fate in hands of Russian court

The controversial trial of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko has begun and threatens to damage already tense ties between Moscow and Kyiv. Regarded as a hero at home, she could face up to 25 years in jail if convicted.

Top Western and Ukrainian officials as well as international organizations such as the European Council and the European Parliament have appealed for over a year for Russia to free Nadezhda Savchenko. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reported to have spoken directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin about her case – to no avail.

On Thursday, the Ukrainian military pilot’s trial in the small southern Russian city of Donetsk, not far from the Ukrainian border. Preliminary hearings will be held behind closed doors, marking the beginning of one of the most controversial trials in Russia in recent years.
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Source News: DW