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Ukrainian Doctors Meet With Savchenko

Jailed Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko
Jailed Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko

Ukrainian physicians who traveled to Russia to examine jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko have now been allowed in to see her.

Savchenko's lawyer, Mark Feigin, confirmed on Twitter that Ukrainian doctors met with Savchenko on March 14.

Officials at the facility where Savchenko is being kept said they would not allow an earlier visit on March 13, because the doctors did not have the necessary paperwork from the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Savchenko is in pretrial detention in Russia, where she has been charged with involvement in a mortar attack that killed two Russian journalists covering the conflict between government forces and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.

She recently ended a nearly three-month hunger strike to protest what she calls her illegal confinement by Russia.

The Ukrainian doctors recommended to Savchenko that she should not resume her hunger strike.

With reporting by Interfax and TASS
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