Ukrainian pilot starts drinking water, continues hunger strike: Lawyer

A Ukrainian military pilot, Nadiya Savchenko, on trial in Russia over the killing of two journalists, has started drinking water but will continue her hunger strike until the verdict, her lawyer said Thursday.

Keiv: A Ukrainian military pilot, Nadiya Savchenko, on trial in Russia over the killing of two journalists, has started drinking water but will continue her hunger strike until the verdict, her lawyer said Thursday.

"Nadezhda halted only a `dry` hunger strike," lawyer Mark Feigin told AFP.

"She will be fasting until the verdict is announced," he said, using the Russian version of her name. Feigin wrote earlier on Twitter that Savchenko had halted her week-long hunger strike after a request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

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