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Ukraine: Protesters return to Russian embassy over detention of Ukrainian officer Savchenko01:15

Ukraine: Protesters return to Russian embassy over detention of Ukrainian officer Savchenko

Ukraine, Kiev
March 8, 2016 at 14:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of protesters continued to demonstrate outside the Russian embassy in Kiev, Tuesday, calling for the release of Ukrainian officer Nadezhda Savchenko who is currently being tried for her involvement in the death of two Russian pilots.

Around 500 demonstrators gathered in front of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence in Kiev and then moved to the Russian embassy in a continuation of protests over the weekend.

On Sunday, pro-Savchenko demonstrators vandalised the Russian embassy in Kiev, breaking windows, throwing red paint against the walls, and writing obscenities on the gate.

The Ukrainian first lieutenant was detained in July 2014, and charged with complicity in the deaths of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine, as well as 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. 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.

Ukraine: Protesters return to Russian embassy over detention of Ukrainian officer Savchenko01:15
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Hundreds of protesters continued to demonstrate outside the Russian embassy in Kiev, Tuesday, calling for the release of Ukrainian officer Nadezhda Savchenko who is currently being tried for her involvement in the death of two Russian pilots.

Around 500 demonstrators gathered in front of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence in Kiev and then moved to the Russian embassy in a continuation of protests over the weekend.

On Sunday, pro-Savchenko demonstrators vandalised the Russian embassy in Kiev, breaking windows, throwing red paint against the walls, and writing obscenities on the gate.

The Ukrainian first lieutenant was detained in July 2014, and charged with complicity in the deaths of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine, as well as 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. 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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