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An estimated 1,000 Ukrainians gathered on Independence Square, Kyiv’s central square, to support and demand that the Kremlin immediately release Savchenko, who has been imprisoned for 20 months and who faces 23 years in prison if convicted of murdering two journalists in the war zone in Luhansk Oblast in June 2014.

Savchenko went on a complete hunger strike on March 4, ahead of her March 9 court date. She was elected to the Ukrainian parliament in October 2014.

Mark Feigin, Savchenko’s attorney, believes she can be released to Ukraine later this month in exchange for Russian security forces officer Yevgeniy Yerofeev and Aleksandr Aleksandrov, captured in Ukraine’s Luhansk Oblast in May 2015.

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