Ukraine detains ex-POW Nadiya Savchenko over alleged terror plot

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Ukrainian authorities have detained Nadiya Savchenko, an ex-combat pilot in Ukraine’s air force, on suspicion of planning an armed attack against the parliament. Savchenko had gained notoriety after her trial in Russia.

Independent Ukrainian lawmaker Nadiya Savchenko was detained by the SBU state security agency on Thursday after the Ukrainian parliament voted to strip her of immunity. The authorities accuse the 36-year-old former pilot of plotting an armed assault on the chamber.

Savchenko planned “a large-scale terrorist act” in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine’s General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko told lawmakers ahead of the immunity vote. According to the prosecutor, Savchenko was working with the Russian-backed separatists to obtain arms for attacking the parliament, including mortar rounds, sniper rifles and grenades.

The attack would bring a “sea of blood, chaos” to Kyiv, Lutsenko said.

The prosecutor also showed a 30-minute video of a woman who looked like Savchenko discussing plans to attack the parliament with two apparently Ukrainian officers…

Read more : Deutsche Welle, 22.03.2018