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Nadia Savchenko: Russian journalists were killed by mortar shelling of ‘their separatists’

December 23, 2014

Nadia Savchenko says that Russian journalists of whose murder she is accused have been killed by separatist mortar shelling

Nadia Savchenko: Russian journalists were killed by mortar shelling of ‘their separatists’

She told this in her interview to Ukrainian News Agency UNIAN.

According to her, Russian journalists died of burst of mortar shell. In this battle there Ukrainian Armed Forces did not use mortars. ‘I did not aim mortar fire, especially on unarmed people’, – said Savchenko.

According to her, journalists got under fire of their separatists. These were not fighters from the battalion ‘Zorya’ that fought there. These were the so-called rebels or ‘Machnovists’. The very ‘rebels’ told Savchenko about this when she was kept in Luhansk.


Nadia Savchenko was kidnapped by fighters in Donbas and then taken to Russia. Russian investigation claims that in June Savchenko joinned ‘Aidar’ battalion, found out coordinates of group of Russian employees and civilians and allegedly gave these cooridinates to fighters. Then, acording to Russian investigators, the data was used to carry out mortar shellin which killed journalists Igor Korneliuk and Anton Voloshyn. In addition, pilot Savchenko was accused of illegal crossing of Russian border.

On October 26 Nadia Savchenko was elected deputy at preliminary parliamentary elction.

On October 27, after the request of the investigation, Moscow Basmanny Court prolonged the term of detention of Savchenko until February 13, 2015.

Savchenko’s lawyers appealed to Russian Investigation Committee for termination of the criminal proceeding due to her status of war prisoner.

On December 15 Savchenko, who is kept in Moscow jail, announced hunger strike because police would not allow doctor to examine her.

At press conference in Moscow on December 17 Savchenko’s lawyer Mark Feign said that data of biling of mobile phone confirm her alibi and innosence in the death of Russian journalists in Luhansk.

On December 22 Moscow city court rejected an appeal of Savchenko’s defense and found legitimate decision of Basmanny Court of Moscow to extend her arrest by February 13, 2015.



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