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Former Ukrainian POW threatens another hunger strike

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By Euronews
Former Ukrainian POW threatens another hunger strike

<p>A Ukrainian helicopter navigator who spent two years in a Russian jail says she will start another hunger strike if Ukraine’s government doesn’t try harder to get prisoners of war returned home.</p> <p>Nadiya Savchenko, who was freed through a prisoner swap in May, is now an MP for an opposition party and a thorn in President Poroshenko’s side.</p> <p>“Starting from today, I again announce a hunger strike over the inaction of those who hold power in the world over the issue of releasing Ukrainians from captivity. I will be on hunger strike until there is a positive result,” she told journalists.</p> <p>Savchenko’s defiance at Russian authority while in captivity earned her a hero’s welcome when she returned to Ukraine and she has said she could run for president at some stage.</p> <p>Releasing prisoners of war is one of the terms of the Minsk peace deal which was brokered in February 2015.</p> <p>Since the conflict started in April 2014 far over 9,400 people have been killed.</p>