Updated at 18:21,18-06-2018

Belarusian Nobel laureate passes books, letter to Ukrainian pilot jailed by Russia


On Wednesday Belarusian Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich visited the embassy of Ukraine in Minsk to support Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot, who is being kept in Russian prison.

The writer asked to hand over a letter and books to the pilot.

Alexievich, who once called Savchenko a Ukrainian Jeanne dArc, says that she has read book Strong Name Nadiya which Savchenko wrote in jail [Nadiya is Ukrainian for hope Belsat].

Russia accuses Nadiya Savchenko of murdering two TV journalists, who were killed during the fighting in Donbas, and illegal border crossing. The pilot denies any wrongdoing and says that she was kidnapped on the territory of Ukraine and taken to Russia by force.