Barack Obama urges Vladimir Putin to release Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko
Published 16/03/2016 | 22:21
US President Barack Obama has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to release Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko from Russian prison.
Savchenko was fighting with a Ukrainian volunteer battalion against Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine when she was captured in June 2014.
Russia claims she was acting as a spotter who called in coordinates for a mortar attack that killed two Russian journalists and several other civilians.
She has gone on a hunger strike and refused to take water after a court hearing last Thursday. Rights advocates fear she could die if she keeps refusing water.