“If the court takes more than two weeks to come up with a sentence, which has already been dictated from above, and has long been drafted, I am announcing a dry hunger strike starting tomorrow, and you will be issuing a sentence posthumously, without me,” Nadiya Savchenko said during her last plea in court, an UNIAN correspondent reported from the courtroom in Donetsk, Rostov region, Russia
She stressed that she sees no need in waiting for some kind of exchange.
Savchenko said that if Russia wants to swap the two guilty GRU [military intel] officers for “the innocent one, then it is too much.”
According to her, the Russian officers should be exchanged for Oleh Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko.
“I’m not an object for bargaining. I’m an innocent person. My guilt is not proven… No exchanges, no trading. In case of delays, I’m not going to wait,” she said.
She appealed to the court with a demand to satisfy the prosecutors’ call for a 23-year sentence, so that they had no possibility to appeal the verdict and thus delay the process again.
“You have proven that you are worth nothing, you have shown how Russia can be dishonored by the example of one person. You have not broken me, and you never will. So let’s get over with it as soon as possible. I won’t wait. You were not the ones to give life to me, and you are not the owners of my destiny,” said Savchenko.
In February Nadiya’s lawyers came to Kyiv to discuss the swap of the Ukrainian pilot for the Russian GRU officers Captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Sergeant Alexander Alexandrov, detained in Ukraine. Mark Feygin, her lawyer, then said that the agreement would be announced in a short time.
It should be recalled Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian pilot, was captured in Donbas in June 2014, illegally transported to the Russian Federation, imprisoned by the Kremlin and accused of alleged involvement in the death of Russian journalists in Donbas.
The court hearings on her case have been conducted in the Donetsk city court of the Rostov region of Russia since September, 2015.