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Foreign: Russian Court Finds Pilot Guilty Of Murder


Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko has been jailed for 22 years after being found guilty of complicity to murder two journalists.

Savchenko, who had denied the offences, responded to the verdict by interrupting judgeLeonid Stepanenko, shouting that he should have made it 23 years, as prosecutors had requested.

Then she sang a Ukrainian song and chanted”Glory to Ukraine!”.The chant was echoed by Ukrainian spectators in the court room, forcing the judge to call for a break.

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Savchenko, 34, has been imprisoned in Russia since June 2014 when she was captured by pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine while fighting as a volunteer against them.

She accused the rebels of kidnapping her andtaking her across the border to Russia where she was jailed and charged as an accessory to murder.

Russian authorities said that she gave the Ukrainian army the co-ordinates for the attack that killed the Russian journalists and several civilians.They also said she escaped from the separatists and crossed into Russia of her own accord.

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Skynews reported that during two days of court proceedings, the judge had gone over the case in a monotonous voice and in minute detail, even sending a few of those in the public gallery to sleep.

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Lawyers gazed at their phones or spoke with Savchenko during the trial and one of them was even spotted reading a magazine on the American Civil War.

Savchenko, confined to a cage, smiled at her sister, who was watching from the public gallery.

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