Russian President Vladimir Putin may well regret the decision to put Nadiya Savchenko on trial for murder.
MOSCOW The Russian trial of a Ukrainian pilot, Nadiya Savchenko, was interrupted for a violate because the prosecutor felt sick, RIA Novosti reported on Wednesday. The accused, on the other hand, was doing just fine. In the defendants glass box, the 34 -year-old wore a black shirt with a white trident, Ukraines national emblem, and said she was ready to proceed any time with a trial in which shes accused of murdering two Russian journalists. If convicted, her sentence could be anywhere from eight years to life.
We Ukrainians are not slaves, we fight for our freedom .
Its been a long, tough year for Savchenko, but also for her Russian accusers. She has been on multiple hunger strikes, even on a dry one, without water. Her only family in the courtroom on Wednesday, younger sister Vera, was also under an accusation for wailing at a judge. But Savchenko looked calm, anything but beaten. She smiled when she saw Vera, who seemed as a witness wearing the same shirt as Savchenkos, but white with a black trident on her chest. Vera enters, Ukrainian anthem plays, Savchenko joked happily, greeting her sister and dismissing the gloomy faces of security officers, according to a transcript of the trial published by the website Media Zona.
Everything about Nadiya Savchenko is a statement, the declaration of a fighter going to war: The strong posture of a trained soldier, the firm look in her piercing blue eyes, her remarks, even her jokes. Savchenko, their own nationals hero in her home country, an foe and defendant in Russia, simply maintains smiling, and thanks reporters and foreign diplomats for coming.
Before the Russia-Ukrainian conflict in Crimea and Donbass, Savchenko was little known in the wider world, but Ukraine knew about her as its only woman veteran of the war in Iraq, where Ukrainian troops served as part of the coalition of the willing.
Then, in June 2014, by her account, she was captured while serving in eastern Ukraine and turned over to Russian officials. They accused her of being involved in the death of two Russian journalists. The arrest built her world famous.
Ukrainian activists and politicians put Savchenko on their flags, elected her in absentia to the country parliament. Top legislators discussed her fate. This week Savchenkos lawyer were publicly debating the best route to use U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden to negotiate a captive exchange. Speaking in Kiev, Biden promised he would tell the world about Nadiya Savchenko.