President Petro Poroshenko has awarded the title "Hero of Ukraine" to people's deputy of Ukraine, member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Nadiya Savchenko. The Head of State has signed the respective Decree. "Nadiya is a symbol of unbroken Ukrainian spirit and heroism, a symbol of the way one should defend and love Ukraine, a symbol of our victory," the President said.
Petro Poroshenko has noted courage and tenacity of the Ukrainian woman who had been taken hostage and illegally brought to the country-aggressor. She has been taking enormous psychological pressure for a long time already. As a demonstration of protest, she has decided to go on a hunger strike. The President also emphasizes that Nadiya Savchenko shows how much depends on one person. "We will do everything to liberate you from imprisonment. I strongly hope that I will have an opportunity to hand you the Gold Star of the Hero of Ukraine," the President said.
33-year-old Ukrainian military, deputy of Verkhovna Rada and member of the PACE parliamentary delegation Nadiya Savchenko has been imprisoned in Russia since July 2014. As a demonstration of protest, she has declared a hunger strike 80 days ago already.