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    Russia's Investigative Committee has charged Ukrainian helicopter pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who was recently detained by independence forces, with accessory to the murder of VGTRK reporters, the committee's spokesman, Vladimir Markin, told journalists Wednesday.

    MOSCOW, July 9 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Investigative Committee has charged Ukrainian helicopter pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who was recently detained by independence forces, with accessory to the murder of VGTRK reporters, the committee's spokesman, Vladimir Markin, told journalists Wednesday.

    According to the militia forces that captured Savchenko, during an interrogation, she confessed to having combat experience as a pilot of MI-24 helicopter gunships.

    Correspondent for Russia's state-owned VGTRK media holding Igor Kornelyuk and sound engineer Anton Voloshin were killed by mortar fire near the city of Luhansk in late June.

    The authorities of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Luhansk claimed Ukraine's National Guard was responsible for the attack, while Ukrainian law enforcement, in turn, accused local independence supporters.

     

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