"They threaten to arrest my sister. I wonder if they are going to arrest my mother too!" Savchenko told reporters before the hearing, a correspondent for Censor.NET reports from the courtroom.
The MP also called on Putin to take back the Russians serving sentences in Ukrainian prisons and hand over Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia.
The People's Deputy demanded her trial to be public and transparent by urging Ukrainians and journalists to prevent courts from hearing cases behind closed doors, especially those concerning politicians, officials, and business-owners.
"If they want to lie to the people, let them lie openly!" Savchenko said.