NEWSWATCH: Washington Post editorial: “Russia’s latest show trial”
The Obama administration keeps betting that Vladimir Putin is genuinely interested in a diplomatic settlement in Ukraine. The case of Nadiya Savchenko offers powerful evidence to the contrary. … Savchenko, 34, is a Ukrainian army officer who served with the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and later volunteered for a battalion that fought Russia’s invasion of her country’s eastern provinces in 2014. On June 17 of that year, she was captured by pro-Russian forces and transported across the border to Russia, where she ‘reportedly endured interrogations, solitary confinement, and forced “psychiatric evaluation,”‘ according to the State Department. Now she is being subjected to a classic show trial, in violation of international law as well as Russia’s commitments under what is known as the Minsk 2 cease-fire agreement with Ukraine.