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Savchenko refuses Poroshenko to stop hunger striking

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko was ready to issue an order to the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko on termination of the hunger strike, reports Mark Feygin.

Savchenko refuses Poroshenko to stop hunger striking

Mark Feygin said that during his conversation with the Assistant to President of Ukraine, he suggested an option for the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to give a written order to the reserve officer to terminate the hunger strike, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Facty i Kommentarii news agency.

"And then confirmed that Poroshenko was ready to give such an order. I said Nadiya that I could bring her a written order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief to end the strike. Savchenko said that she refused even her own mother, so, in spite of her good attitude to Petro Oleksiyovych, she would refuse President too," said the lawyer.

Feygin said he felt skeptical about the hunger strike as a means of protest in prison. "The prison system is initially made to be impervious to the hungring. I had clients who refused to take food. In no case this kind of protest brought desired results. And it can not. Especially in Russia. And Russia is not the worst! Remember the Irish of the Irish Republican Army. They died in prison, because of hunger, one after the other. In a democratic country! (in 1981 ten prisoners from the IRA died in a British prison due to the hunger strike – Ed.)," the lawyer recalled.

He also said that he went through "all stages of persuasion" with Savchenko. "At first we tried to establish the terms of the hunger strike. Then we insisted on the immediate injection of glucose. Without it Nadiya could die after the 60th day of the hunger strike. But with glucose and vitamins one can hold on long enough. But, of course, long hunger has heavy impacts on the state of internal organs," said Feygin.

It should be recalled that March 16, Savchenko resumed her hunger strike in Moscow prison. She suspended the strike for 10 days, and then said she would starve until her return to Ukraine.