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Ukraine Live Day 372
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
Savchenko, Health Worsening, Calls For Supporters To Join March 1 Protest In Moscow
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Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian military officer who was captured by separatist fighters and illegally transported to Russia, where she is now on trial on murder charges, has called on her supporters to join the planned March 1 'anti-crisis' protest in Moscow.

Savchenko has been on hunger strike since December 13, in protest at the Russian authorities' refusal to acknowledge her status as a prisoner of war and to suspend her trial, in accordance with the Geneva convention. Since February 20, she has refused glucose injections.

One of Savchenko's lawyers, Mark Feygin, posted a photo of her letter:

Translation: Nadezhda's call to the protest on March 1. Translate into Russian too.

Twitter user @OldArtillery translated the letter into Russian:

The Interpreter translates:

I can't express how grateful I am to you for everything... 

For all the support and the desperate fight you are carrying on for me. 

Even in my boldest dreams, I could not have reckoned upon such support.

I am fighting too! And I'm not giving up! And will not be broken!

Because I am not only fighting for myself, but against a system, which cripples and kills only those who are afraid of it and folds before those who do not fear it.

I am not afraid! We have many Ukrainians in Russian jails.

We need to get the first one out, so then it will be easier to fight for everyone!

Ukrainians have already shown the world an example of a revolution of dignity and how to fight against a hostile, self-satisfied government. And now I and all of Ukraine have to fight yet again against the crooked government of our neighbour.

Wish me and Ukraine success in this unequal battle with your support in the global protest on March 1, 2015.

I thank you with all my heart. 

Feygin reported that Savchenko's health was deteriorating and reiterated that there was little time left to release her before she could die. Savchenko has now been on hunger strike for 74 days.

On February 10, the Basmanny court in Moscow extended Savchenko's pre-trial detention until May 13.

Translation: Nadezhda's health is definitely deteriorating. So we don't have much time for her release. And she is refusing to stop her hunger strike.

-- Pierre Vaux