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Ukraine: Nationalist protesters vandalise Russian embassy in Kiev01:55

Ukraine: Nationalist protesters vandalise Russian embassy in Kiev

Ukraine, Kiev
March 6, 2016 at 17:05 GMT -00:00 · Published

Protesters vandalised the Russian embassy in Kiev on Sunday, breaking a window, throwing red paint on the walls and writing obscenities on the gate, during a demonstration calling for the release of Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian officer currently detained in Moscow over the deaths of Russian reporters.

Earlier in the day, around 1,000 gathered in Maidan square waving Ukrainian flags and placards supporting Savchenko.

The Ukrainian first lieutenant was detained in July 2014, and charged with complicity in the deaths of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine, and for illegally crossing the border.

According to prosecutors, she relayed the coordinates of a checkpoint where two Russian journalists were subsequently killed by Ukrainian artillery near Metallist, Ukraine in June 2014.

During the last court hearing, the prosecutors demanded that she be sentenced to 23 years in prison. Savchenko went on hunger strike for 83 days, demanding that her pre-trial conditions be changed from detention to house arrest. Her next hearing is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

In 2014, Savchenko volunteered to fight with the Aidar Battalion in eastern Ukraine. Before this, as a first lieutenant in the Ukrainian Ground Forces, she served with the Ukrainian peacekeeping troops in Iraq.

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Protesters vandalised the Russian embassy in Kiev on Sunday, breaking a window, throwing red paint on the walls and writing obscenities on the gate, during a demonstration calling for the release of Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian officer currently detained in Moscow over the deaths of Russian reporters.

Earlier in the day, around 1,000 gathered in Maidan square waving Ukrainian flags and placards supporting Savchenko.

The Ukrainian first lieutenant was detained in July 2014, and charged with complicity in the deaths of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine, and for illegally crossing the border.

According to prosecutors, she relayed the coordinates of a checkpoint where two Russian journalists were subsequently killed by Ukrainian artillery near Metallist, Ukraine in June 2014.

During the last court hearing, the prosecutors demanded that she be sentenced to 23 years in prison. Savchenko went on hunger strike for 83 days, demanding that her pre-trial conditions be changed from detention to house arrest. Her next hearing is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

In 2014, Savchenko volunteered to fight with the Aidar Battalion in eastern Ukraine. Before this, as a first lieutenant in the Ukrainian Ground Forces, she served with the Ukrainian peacekeeping troops in Iraq.

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