: Savchenko Trial Verdict (updates)
Politics10:12 Mar. 21, 2016

Savchenko Trial Verdict (updates)

Russian court delivered its verdict on March 22

22.03.2016 Ukraine's Nadiya Savchenko is in Russian court for verdict 

Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has been sentenced to 22 years in prison by a Russian court. Judges found her guilty on charges of complicity in the deaths of two Russian journalists and of crossing the Russian border illegally.

Her lawyers say she's innocent - something she's already proved. For the duration of her case her legal team have said the charges are fabricated and a guilty verdict was a foregone conclusion. 

20:50 Ukraine slams Russian court sentencing Nadiya Savchenko after sham trial

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses strong and resolute protest with regards to so called "verdict" of the so called "Russian court" sentencing Ms. Nadiya Savchenko, citizen of Ukraine, member of Ukrainian Parliament and member of PACE to 22 years in prison.

"The verdict is an indisputable proof that it is useless to seek justice in modern Russia. When Russia is politically driven, it disregards the fundamental norms and principles of international law, its national legislation, humanity, justice and morality.

This unlawful decision, based on the bogus investigation represents not the verdict to Nadiya Savchenko but to Russia itself, in which the Kremlin crushed down any fairness and justice". Full statement 

20:37 OSCE human rights chief raises concerns over Savchenko verdict, calling for release

Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), expressed concerns today over the conviction by a Russian court of Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian air-force pilot, for complicity in the killing of two Russian journalists in June 2014, OSCE makes a statement

"Amidst serious disputes over the facts in Savchenko's trial and the need to respect fair-trial rights in her high-profile case, I echo the OSCE Chairmanship's call for her immediate release," the ODIHR Director said. "Savchenko's release would send a strong humanitarian message given her health problems, and would build confidence in the peace process aimed at resolving the two-year-old crisis in and around Ukraine." 


Journalists, who were not let in a courtroom, make photos of a TV screen showing a glass cage where Nadezhda Savchenko sits, in a town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Monday, March 21, 2016 (AP Photo)

20:10 Savchenko behind bars: Putin's attempt to 'humiliate Ukraine'

Georgetown University Professor Phillip Karber suggests one possible explanation for why Russian President Vladimir Putin is refusing to release her.  

16:20 Ukraine will never recognise Russia's sham trial and Savchenko's verdict - Ukrainian president 

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he is ready to hand over two Russian soldiers in exchange for pilot Nadiya Savchenko. The 34-year-old has been sentenced to 22 years in prison by a Russian court. She is charged with complicity in the deaths of two Russian journalists and of crossing the Russian border illegally. Poroshenko calls her trial a kangaroo court.

Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, saying in televised address: "Ukraine will never - I repeat, never - recognise either the kangaroo court (of Nadiya Savchenko), nor the so-called sentencing...I have raised the issue of the liberation of Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian hostages many times. President Putin has stated that after the so-called court ruling they will return Nadiya Savchenko to Ukraine. Now is the right time to fulfill this promise. I, in return, am ready to hand to Russia two Russian servicemen arrested on our soil for their participation for armed aggression against Ukraine." Full story 


(Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko attends the the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting on September 27, 2015 in New York City (Getty Images) 


15:40 Russian court sentences Ukrainian pilot Savchenko to 22 years in prison

Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has been found guilty, sentenced to 22-year prison term and fined. 

15:34 Russian court finds Ukrainian pilot Savchenko guilty

A Russian court has found Nadiya Savchenko guilty of involvement in the death of two Russian journalists and of illegally crossing the Russian border.

Her lawyers have long maintained the charges against their client are fabricated. They expect to fight for her release through diplomatic channels. Full story  

14:16 Savchenko's lawyer says: 'They found her guilty!' 

Ukrainian pilot's defence lawyer Mark Feygin tweeted: "That's all! (The jury issued) a guilty verdict!" 




13:00 'Polish parliament appeals for release of Savchenko' - Witold Waszczykowski

Ukraine is pressing the EU to impose sanctions on the people involved in the abduction of pilot Nadiya Savchenko. Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski shares his thoughts on the issue with with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Rikard Jozwiak. 


12:42 Berlin officials call on Russia to release Nadiya Savchenko

Berlin officials call on Russia to release the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko for humanity reasons.

The press-officer of the ministry for foreign relations in Germany said on Monday the whole trial does not correspond to legal and democracy international standards. Berlin is ready to send a medical team to Nadiya Savchenko. Full story  


11:35 Members of Suhishvili Georgian National Ballet join the acton of supporting Nadiya Savchenko

Across the world activists are showing their support for captured Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, and on Monday evening (March 21) such support could be clearly seen in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.

Members of Suhishvili Georgian National Ballet took to the streets outside the former Russian embassy carrying Ukrainian flags before performing a national warlike dance. Full story  


(UNIAN Photo)

10: 43 Across the world activists are showing their support for captured Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko 

10:40 Second day of Savchenko's hearings started

Nadiya Savchenko has arrived at a court in the Russian town of Donetsk for the second and final day of her sentencing. 

Earlier Tuesday morning a convoy consisting of 16 gunmen transported her into the court house. Today the verdict, written on more than two hundred pages, is set to be finally announced. Full story  


Nadiya Savchenko waves to journalists from a glass cage in the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, March 21, 2016 (AP Photo) 


18:05 Savchenko's lawyer says court proceedings are adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow. No verdict yet.

14:00 Ukrainian presidential spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko is not allowed into the court room 

12:10 Lawyer says there is no guilty verdict yet

Defence lawyers of Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko say their client was not found guilty yet by the Russian court, despite widespread media reports.

It was initially reported that the judge had found her guilty, but journalists present at the court in Russia's Rostov region and Savchenko's legal representatives say a final verdict has not been delivered. 

11:36 #FreeSavchenko demonstrations held across the world

Across the world activists are showing support for Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainians currently held in Russian jails.

In Paris demonstrators with Ukrainian and EU flags carried banners calling on the Kremlin to release Savchenko along with other political prisoners - Oleg Sentsov, Olexandr Kol'chenko, Mykola Karpyuk, and Stanislav Klyh. Read more

11:00 Russian court finds Ukrainian pilot Savchenko guilty - media

A Russian court has found Nadiya Savchenko guilty of involvement in the death of two Russian journalists and of illegally crossing the Russian border. Read more

10:30 Ukraine president's envoy not allowed to enter Russia

The Russian border control service has not allowed Ukraine's presidential envoy for the peace settlement in Donbas Iryna Gerashchenko to enter the country, Ukrainian president's press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko said on Monday Read more

Savchenko verdict imminent: A history of the case against the Ukrainian pilot held in Russia

A Russian court could today announce a verdict in the case of Nadiya Savchenko. The Ukrainian pilot is facing up to 25 years behind bars. She is accused of involvement in the deaths of two Russian journalists, charges her lawyers say are fabricated.

The 34-year-old's case dates back to June 17th 2014. That's the day she was abducted by Kremlin-backed separatist forces and forcibly taken across the border to Russia. Watch more

Ukraine's Nadiya Savchenko: Most powerful quotes

Ukraine Today delves into the Ukrainian pilot's most memorable statements

Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian fighter pilot: "You can't put everyone behind bars. There will be a Maidan in Russia. Putin will not be able to keep his power on the blood of the people. All I can do is show by example that by being fearless and strong the Russian state and its totalitarian regime can be whipped into submission." Watch more

Savchenko Trial: Russian lawyer reveals hopes and fears for Ukrainian pilot

In Moscow the lawyer of detained Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadiya Savchenko is revealing details of a private conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Illya Novikov says the Ukrainian government is doing everything in its power to bring Russia to release Savchenko as well as 30 other illegally detained prisoners. Watch more

Obama calls on Putin to free captured Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko

U.S. President Barack Obama and top diplomats representing G7 countries in Ukraine are calling on Russia to release Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadiya Savchenko.

In a telephone conversation with Russian President Putin, according to media reports, Obama said Savchenko must be released as part of the Minsk peace agreement. Watch more



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