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Incarcerated Ukrainian MP vows not to abandon hunger strike

April 12, 2018, 13:19 UTC+3 KIEV

According to investigators, Savchenko had been planning terror attacks in the parliament and the government quarters

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Nadezhda Savchenko

Nadezhda Savchenko

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KIEV, April 12. /ТASS/. Verkhovna Rada MP Nadezhda Savchenko, who was arrested on charges of plotting a coup d’etat, stated that she does not plan to abandon a hunger strike despite deteriorating health.

"My health is deteriorating because of the hunger strike within normal limits, it is not critical," she wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

"I will continue the hunger strike until I am released and can fully protect myself in court, protect myself, my family, my friends and Ukrainian people, until I can fully perform my activity as a Ukrainian people’s deputy, as well as my political activity."

It emerged earlier this day that Savchenko was taken to hospital for examination. Her sister Vera said about this on 112 Ukraina channel live. The Ukrainian Security Service later confirmed this information, specifying that she had tests there that could not be made in prison. After the arrest Nadezhda Savchenko complained about health deterioration, in particular intestinal issues.

On March 23, Savchenko was stripped of her diplomatic immunity and arrested. According to investigators, she had been planning terror attacks in the parliament and the government quarters. She may face from five years behind bars to life imprisonment.

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