According to Illya Novikov, Savchenko’s lawyer, the decision not to appeal the verdict has been made by Savchenko herself.

“We will not appeal the verdict because Savchenko is guilty. Using the support of Ukraine-friendly organizations, we will be able to get Savchenko out of prison,” said Novikov during presentation of cases at the Donetsk court in Russia’s Rostov region.

Novikov went on to say that appealing the verdict would only prove that one could hypothetically trust Russian justice.

It was reported earlier by QHA that Nikolay Polozov, Savchenko’s lawyer, said on March 3 that Savchenko’s kidnapping by Russian special services, as well as accusations against her, are absurd and shameful.