Ukrainian pilot sentenced to 22 years in prison after convicting her for complicity to murder
Published 22/03/2016 | 14:55
A Russian court has sentenced a Ukrainian pilot to 22 years in prison after convicting her for complicity to murder in the 2014 deaths of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine, opening a door to a possible prisoner swap between the two countries.
Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko quickly offered to exchange two Russians held in his country for the return of the pilot, 34-year-old Nadezhda Savchenko.
Upon hearing the guilty verdict, Savchenko burst into song and started to chant "Glory to Ukraine!" which was echoed by Ukrainian spectators in the court room.