Ukraine's MP Savchenko testifies in court on case against 'LNR' leader Plotnitsky

Ukraine's MP Savchenko testifies in court on case against 'LNR' leader PlotnitskyUkrainian MP Nadia Savchenko has testified at a sitting of Podilsky District Court in Kyiv on a case against a leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, Igor Plotnitsky, who is charged with terrorism and kidnapping and trafficking people across the border.

At a meeting on Thursday, she recounted the circumstances of her abduction in Luhansk region in 2014 and her transfer to Russia.

After the meeting, Savchenko told journalists she believes Plotnitsky is behind her abduction. "And this is not allowed even in wartime according to the Geneva conventions. I can understand captivity, can understand holding me on the Ukrainian territory, but my abduction and smuggling me to Russia and handing me over to the enemy. Surely, Plotnitsky is to blame for this," she stressed.

The next meeting of the court is scheduled for November 16.

As reported, Plotnitsky is charged under Article 146 Part 3 (unlawful imprisonment or kidnapping), Article 258 Part 2 (terrorism), Article 332 Part 3 (illegal trafficking of persons across the border) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, including of kidnapping Nadia Savchenko, a senior Lieutenant of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

The collegium of Kyiv's Podilsky District Court on August 31 approved a PGO request to review the criminal case against Plotnitsky by trial in absentia.
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