Ukrainian female pilot charged with complicity in killing Russian journalists

Ukrainian female pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was earlier captured by Donbas militia and who is currently being held at a detention facility in Voronezh, has been indicted for complicity in murder, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Wednesday.

Ukrainian female pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was earlier captured by Donbas militia and who is currently being held at a detention facility in Voronezh, has been indicted for complicity in murder, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Wednesday.

"Investigative agencies have indicted Savchenko for complicity in killing VGTRK journalists near Lugansk," Markin said.

Savchenko has been indicted by the Investigative Committee division dealing with crimes related to the use of banned means and methods of warfare under Russian Criminal Code Articles 33 and 105 (complicity in the killing of two or more people related to their professional activities, using a publicly dangerous method, on motives of political hatred, and committed by a group of people).

A court ruled to take Savchenko into custody, Markin said.

"It has been determined that Savchenko serves in the Ukrainian armed forces, and her specialty is a gunner of a Mi-24 helicopter," Markin said.

The investigation has found out that Savchenko joined the Aidar battalion during the military operation in the Luhansk area in June.

"Having learned the coordinates of the location of a group of Russian VGTRK journalists and other civilians outside Luhansk, she reported them to gunmen. After that, mortar fire was opened upon the area with these very coordinates, which killed VGTRK employees Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin," Markin said.

It was reported earlier that Savchenko, a 31-year-old navigator, was captured in June near the town of Shchastya, a suburb of Luhansk, following 30 days of fighting as a member of the Aidar volunteer battalion.

The 1+1 TV channel reported on July 8 that Savchenko was being held at a Voronezh detention facility in Russia and that Russia intended to try her on charges of involvement in the deaths of Russian journalists. The channel provided a telephone commentary by Savchenko's Russian lawyer Nikolai Shulzhenko, in which he said that the Ukrainian pilot was feeling well and was held in appropriate enough conditions.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expressed its "resolute and categorical protest against the bringing of Nadiya Savchenko to Russian territory and urged Russia to take measures to release her. Kyiv stressed that "such actions will not remain without an appropriate answer from Ukraine and the international community" and demanded that Russia provide more information regarding Savchenko's transportation. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also demanded that a Ukrainian consul be immediately provided with access to her to render her legal assistance.

It was reported also that Savchenko had undergone the Airborne Forces' school and served with the Ukrainian peacekeeping forces in Iraq, after which she graduated from the Ivan Kozhedub Kharkiv Air Force University in 2009.

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