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Ukraine lifts parliamentary immunity from pilot turned politician

Nadiya Savchenko, who has spent time in a Russian prison, is suspected of plotting a coup.

The Ukrainian parliament has stripped a former military pilot who became a national heroine after spending time in a Russian jail of her immunity as a politician on charges of plotting a military coup.

In Thursday’s speech to politicians, prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko accused Nadiya Savchenko of plotting an attack on parliament with hand grenades and automatic weapons.

Mr Lutsenko claimed that Ms Savchenko was acting in cahoots with Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine to stage a “terrorist coup in the interests of Ukraine’s enemies”.

He presented wiretapped recordings in which Ms Savchenko was talking about smuggling weapons from the east.

Ms Savchenko told politicians she was aware of being wiretapped and talked about such attacks as a “surrealist political provocation” to mock the government that she said has failed the public’s hopes.

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