Ukrainian army pilot charged with abetting deaths of 2 Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine

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MOSCOW – Russian investigators say they have arrested and charged a Ukrainian air force pilot, whose plane was shot down during fighting, with killing two Russian journalists.

Ukraine has been rocked by fighting between pro-Russia rebels and government forces for over three months. The two Russian state-owned TV channel employees died in June after being hit by mortar fire in the Ukrainian city of Luhansk.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement Wednesday that pilot Nadezhda Savchenko is suspected of tipping off Ukrainian troops as to the whereabouts of the journalists who were in a rebel-held area.

Investigators say Savchenko is in a Russian detention centre. But it’s unclear how she got there: Moscow insists she crossed the border voluntarily but Ukraine says she was kidnapped by rebels and taken to Russia.

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