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    Ukrainian army pilot Nadezhda (Nadia) Savchenko looks out from a defendant's cage during a hearing at the Basmanny district court in Moscow February 10, 2015

    Poroshenko's Letter to Savchenko on Trial in Russia Deemed Fake - Lawyer

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    One of the lawyers of Ukrainian national Nadezhda Savchenko, who is on trial in Russia for the murder of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine, said that the letter sent to her by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is fake.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Feygin earlier posted the letter Poroshenko allegedly sent to Savchenko, where the president emphasized his support for her and pleaded that she stop refusing food and liquids for the sake of her health.

    “This morning the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office and I became the object of an extremely shameless special operation. In order to discredit Nadezhda in regard to her food strike, a fake letter from the Ukrainian president was given to Nad[ezhda],” Mark Feygin said on his Twitter account.

    On Wednesday, Poroshenko said he was ready to perform a prisoner exchange with Russia to secure the prompt return of Savchenko to Ukraine. The following day, one of her lawyers, Nikolai Polozov said she had begun taking liquids but would continue the hunger strike.

    Savchenko is suspected of helping to direct artillery fire near the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk on June 17, 2014, that led to the deaths of two Russian journalists, Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin.

    The 34-year-old woman, is facing up to 25 years in prison if convicted. The sentencing by a Russian court in the southern Russian region of Rostov-on-Don has been scheduled for March 21-22.



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