Former Ukrainian army pilot Nadezhda Savchenko listens to her lawer Ilya Novikov from a glass-walled cage as she attends a court hearing in the southern border town of Donetsk in Rostov region, Russia, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Sergey Pivovarov
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Hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot in 'satisfactory condition': lawyerA jailed female Ukrainian pilot, who this week rejected food and water to protest delays in her controversial murder trial in Russia, is in "satisfactory condition," her lawyer said Sunday.Savchenko has fasted before to protest the accusations against her but has never before refused both food and water.Irena Lesnevskaya, the founder of Russia's REN TV channel, on Sunday appealed to President Vladimir Putin to let Savchenko go ahead of March 8 when Russia and Ukraine celebrate Women's Day, a public holiday.Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined this week to comment on Savchenko's decision to refuse food and water, saying the issue was not on the Kremlin agenda.
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