Thursday 29 September 2016

Ukrainian pilot sentenced to 22 years in prison after convicting her for complicity to murder

Published 22/03/2016 | 14:55

Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko waves to journalists from a glass cage inside court, in the town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko waves to journalists from a glass cage inside court, in the town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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.

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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.

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