Ukraine accuses war hero lawmaker of planning attack on parliament

Ukraine accuses war hero lawmaker of planning attack on parliament

Ukrainian General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko on Thursday accused a lawmaker who became a national hero after being released from Russian jail of planning a terrorist attack targeting parliament.

“The investigation has irrefutable proof that Nadiya Savchenko … personally planned, personally recruited, personally gave instructions about how to commit a terrorist act here, in this chamber,” Lutsenko told parliamentarians.

He claimed that Savchenko planned to use grenades and mortar launchers to destroy parliament and “finish off the survivors with automatic rifles.”

Coup ‘is rather expected’

Savchenko welcomed the allegations, saying she supports a military coup against President Petro Poroshenko and his government.

“They’re good since I am an officer of the Ukrainian armed forces and … I swore an oath to the Ukrainian people to protect the Ukrainian land and certainly not the Ukrainian authorities,” she said, according to Kiev-based Interfax Ukraine news agency.

“I know that there are a lot of servicemen who are listening to me, who absolutely agree with the view that a military coup in Ukraine is rather expected and probably a fairly correct development.”

Porosheko’s government has been accused of involvement in widespread corruption and attempting to amend anti-graft measures instituted under EU reforms.

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