Ukrainian pilot sentenced to twenty-two years in prison

Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko was sentenced to twenty-two years in prison after being found guilty by a Russian court of the deaths of two Russian journalists.

 

Savchenko, who sang a protest song in the courtroom while being pronounced guilty, adamantly denied all the charges.

 

President Petro Poroshenko told reporters that Ukraine will never recognise this so called verdict.

 

Human Rights Watch said that the trial was unfair and that Savchenko was, “refused to admit crucial defence evidence and consistently rejected important defence motions, making it impossible for her legal team to effectively challenge the allegations against her as fair trial standards require”.

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