Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savhcenko held by Russia has contracted acute pancreatitis and risks dying, weakened by an almost three-month hunger strike, her lawyer said. This is reported by Bloomberg, Censor.NET informs.
Nadiya Savchenko, who says she was kidnapped by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, learned Wednesday about her condition from doctors in the Moscow prison where she's detained, lawyer Ilya Novikov said in an interview.
"There's a serious risk to her life," Novikov said. Savchenko is threatening to resume the hunger strike she partially ended March 5 unless Russia agrees to a visit by an international medical commission including Ukrainian doctors by March 16, he said. A renewed refusal to eat "could speed up the process" of her illness, the lawyer said.
Savchenko's fate has become tied to the diplomatic push to end a yearlong conflict between government troops and separatists in eastern Ukraine. President Petro Poroshenko says he reached an agreement on her release during peace talks with Russia, Germany and France last month in Minsk, Belarus. The Kremlin denies this.
Russia has charged Savchenko, 33, with complicity in the deaths of two reporters, and a Moscow court on Tuesday extended her pre-trial detention until May 13. She denies she was involved.