(QHA) -

The lawyer for a Ukrainian Air Force pilot being held in Russia said his client had launched a hunger strike to protest a decision to deny her medical attention.

Mark Feigin said his client, Nadiya Savchenko, announced her hunger strike on December 15 via video conference with Feigin, RFE/RL reports.

Savchenko said her hunger strike was meant to protest a decision denying her a meeting with an ear-nose-throat doctor due to concerns she might be going deaf.

Savchenko says she was captured in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists during fighting in June and transferred to Russian custody in July.

Russian authorities have charged her with complicity in the killing of two Russian journalists who died covering the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

In late October, a Moscow court ordered that she be held until the end of February while the investigation into her alleged crimes was being conducted

QHA