A guilty verdict has frequently been predicted by the Ukrainian pilot’s defense team.
“Savchenko will be found guilty, and be given a long sentence,” her lawyer Mark Feygin wrote on Twitter early on March 21, ahead of the start of court proceedings. “But she will be home soon. Support her in today’s demonstrations.”
Earlier Feygin said that after the verdict Savchenko could be exchanged for two Russian intelligence officers who were captured in the war zone in eastern Ukraine.