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Ukrainian pilot held in Russia ends thirst strike


Ukrainian pilot held in Russia ends thirst strike

A Ukrainian pilot being held in Russia has ended her thirst strike.

Nadiya Savchenko, who is accused of murdering two Russian journalists, is now drinking liquids but refusing food.

A message on her lawyer’s Twitter account said her decision was influenced by Ukraine’s president and other supporters.

Savchenko is considered a national hero by many in Ukraine who like her anti-Kremlin stance.

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko says Kyiv is ready for prisoner swap with Moscow to secure her release.

“If you are asking me whether a swap would be possible, I would like to say, as the president, from here for the first time, using his constitutional rights, I am ready to swap so Nadia Savchenko can return home,” Poroshenko told a news conference in Ankara.

Savchenko says she was captured by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine over a year ago and handed over to Russia.

She will be sentenced before March 21 and faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty.

She denies wrongdoing.