Due to her hunger strike that began December 13, Ukrainian military pilot and parliamentarian Nadiya Savchenko, illegally detained by the Russian authorities in a Moscow jail, is in a ‘terrible physical condition’ – stated the captive woman’s sister, Vira Savchenko, in an interview to Inter TV.
“Her spirit is not broken by even a gram, her morale is high, but the condition of her body, to put it mildly, is awful — I’m not exaggerating. Her weight has always been around 75-78 kg (165-172 lbs), with her height of 172-173 cm (5’8″). She now weighs 60 kg (132 lbs) and because of such starvation, her skin condition is awful. There is only cold water there,” – she said.
Vira Savchenko stressed that the hunger strike is the only available means of protest for her sister.
“This is not some form of pressuring for pity or a form of suicide. Nadiya is a fighter and this is the only method available to her as a struggle for Ukraine. She does not stop the fight, she is defending it in this way. It is a protest against the Russian aggression of Ukraine. Secondly, it is a form of protest against her detention despite her airtight alibi, unshakable proof of her non-involvement in the alleged case, when every Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation is coming up with some new ‘evidence’ of her supposed involvement,” she said.