Russian court sentences Ukrainian pilot to 22 years in jail
March 22, Keiv: Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko has been sentenced to 22 years in jail after being convicted of charges relating to the deaths of two Russian journalists. She was driven by "political hatred," prosecutors said.
She was accused of directing the artillery fire in eastern Ukraine in which the two journalists died in June 2014. She denied all the charges and her case has become internationally notorious.
Western politicians have been among those calling for her release, echoing her lawyers' descriptions of the process as a show trial and a farce, BBC reported.
As Savchenko was finally pronounced guilty, following the judge's two-day reading of the verdict, she disrupted proceedings by singing a Ukrainian national song.
The Oslo Times