Ukrainian Pilot Gets 22 Years In Russian Prison For Mortar Strike
A Ukrainian pilot was convicted of ordering a mortar strike that killed two Russians. She became a hero in her country and maintains her innocence.By Grant Suneson | March 22, 2016
A Ukrainian military pilot was sentenced to 22 years in prison Tuesday after being convicted of killing two Russians during the Crimean conflict in 2014.
A Russian court said Nadezhda Savchenko organized the artillery strikes that killed two Russian journalists. She was also convicted of illegally crossing the Russian border.
In defiance of the verdict, Savchenko’s lawyers wouldn’t even look at the judge as he handed down the sentence and, according to the BBC, the pilot started singing a Ukrainian protest song so loudly court was briefly halted.