2. Nadiya Savchenko pledges full hunger strike as Russia’s illegal trial nears end
Ukrainian pilot and Nadiya Savchenko, who has been on a hunger strike during her illegal trial in Russia, will begin a full hunger strike, refusing to drink, if she is not returned home to Ukraine within 10 days after the court’s verdict, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported. Closing arguments in Russia’s illegal trial of Savchenko are due to begin on 2 March, and a verdict is expected soon after, RFE/RL reported. Savchenko was serving in eastern Ukraine, when abducted by Kremlin-backed terrorists in June 2014 and taken to Russia, where she has been illegally detained and imprisoned since that time. Russia has ignored repeated calls from the international community for her immediate release.
3. Ukrainian delegation headed by Minister of Justice in Canada on working visit
A delegation headed by Ukraine’s Minister of Justice Pavlo Petrenko is in Canada 29 February-4 March on a working visit within the framework of the Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine Project. The Project is implemented by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) in partnership with the Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision, an arm’s length agency of Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice, and funded by the Government of Canada. Petrenko stated, “The Government of Canada invited the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, in order to share with us their wide experience in the sphere of free legal aid for citizens. I’m certain that our cooperation will be fruitful. With the assistance of our Canadian partners – both government and non-government organizations – our system of provision of legal aid will become more effective and accessible.”
4. European Parliament vows its support for Ukraine as Ukraine week opens
5. Former US Ambassador to Ukraine: Ceasefire in Syria turns Putin’s eye on Ukraine once again