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Detained Ukrainian MP goes on hunger strike

Detained Ukrainian MP goes on hunger strike

According to the allegations, Savchenko planned an attack on parliament using grenades and automatic weapons acquired from pro-Russian separatists in the east.

Savchenko said that if the current situation in Ukraine continues, "the danger in parliament won't be me, your danger will be your people".

Savchenko said she was forcefully taken to Russian Federation and denied the murder allegations.

Lutsenko has accused Savchenko of planning a "large-scale terrorist attack" in central Kiev aimed at a "forcible overthrow of the constitutional system and the seizure of state power in Ukraine".

Moments before that, the MPs stripped Savchenko of her legal immunity that allows Ukrainian MPs to enjoy protection from prosecution and agreed to her arrest. "Starting today I'm going on a hunger strike", Savchenko announced at a judicial hearing on Friday.

Savchenko previously said she had been aware of being under surveillance.

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"This is not a terrorist act, this is a political provocation to make the authorities look ridiculous", Savchenko said in a statement. She said the agents were encouraging her to attempt a coup in an effort to discredit her.

Instead, she blamed the authorities for betraying the ideals of the pro-European Maidan movement.

She spent nearly two years in prison in Russia after a court there found her guilty of complicity in killing two Russian journalists in 2014 during the conflict.

Savchenko was pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin and returned to Ukraine in May 2016.

Savchenko first rose to prominence both in Ukraine and in the West after she was arrested in Russia on charges of being an accessory to the murder of two Russian journalists who were killed by mortar shelling while reporting on the Ukrainian conflict.

Following her arrest in Russia, Savchenko was immediately declared a hero of Ukraine. Notably, she suggested Kyiv rein in its demands for Russian Federation to return Crimea, and offered to negotiate with rebel groups directly.


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