: Savchenko stops full hunger strike - Poroshenko

17:39 Apr. 19, 2016

Savchenko stops full hunger strike - Poroshenko

Ukrainian activists place placards on a fence at the entrance of the Russian Embassy during a rally in support of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko in Kyiv, Ukraine on March 21, 2016 (Getty Images)

After almost two weeks Ukrainian pilot begins to eat food and drink water again

Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko illegally imprisoned in Russia has stopped her full hunger strike.

After almost two weeks without food and water she begins to consume liquids again.

Savchenko has agreed to do it after a conversation with the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

"Just had a phone talk with Nadiya Savchenko. Along with her mother and sister asked her to stop the strike. Thank you for agreeing", posted Poroshenko on Facebook.   


Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko is holding the phone talks with Nadiya Savchenko, together with her mother and sister (UNIAN Photo) 

One of Savchenko's lawyers Ilya Novikov also confirms the fact. "I was present at a historical conversation. President Poroshenko called Nadiya. She stopped the strike", wrote Novikov on Twitter

Another Savchenko's lawyer Nikolay Polozov says that Ukrainian consuls have been allowed to visit his client. "The pre-trial detention center's chief came out and invited the (Ukrainian) consuls to Nadiya. I will go afterwards", Polozov tweeted. 


Nadiya Savchenko went on a full hunger strike on April 6, when the verdict on her case went into force. Her health condition rapidly deteriorated since then. On April 17 Novikov reported Savchenko was "at the breaking point"

On April 19 Poroshenko said "the procedure of her release has been agreed upon". The President made this statement after a phone talk with Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin provided no details of the conversation. Savchenko is expected to be exchanged for two Russian soldiers convicted in Ukraine.




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