This Ukrainian Woman Might Starve To Death In A Russian Prison
She’s Ukraine’s first female air force pilot and a national hero. But for the last 80 days, she’s been on hunger strike to protest the conditions in the Russian prison where she is being held.
Savchenko, 33, was the first woman to train as an air force pilot in Ukraine and so far is the only woman to be trained on the Soviet-made Sukhoi Su-24 as well as the Mil Mi-24 helicopter.
Savchenko, who a Russian court has ordered to be held in pre-trial detention until at least May now, was actually elected to the Ukrainian parliament while behind bars.
Meanwhile, the details surrounding just how Savchenko got into Russia are still murky.
Moscow claims she was caught trying to sneak across the border as a refugee. Others maintain that she was kidnapped and hauled across the border by rebels after her plane was shot down.
Either way, the U.S. and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have both called for her release, with the latter accepting her as a member and granting her international immunity.
“The United States deplores her continued ill-treatment and is deeply concerned by reports of her deteriorating health,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Wednesday. “By any standard, Russia’s detention and treatment of Ms. Savchenko is unacceptable.”