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    Savchenko Admits to Directing Ukrainian Artillery Fire

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    Ukrainian national Nadezhda Savchenko admitted on Tuesday that she has directed artillery fire, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.

    DONETSK (Rostov Region), (Sputnik) — During the trial, Savchenko stated that she told Ukrainian artillery not to fire at certain roads considered potentially useful.

    "Yes, I said it. You could consider it as fire adjustment, but it is not an adjustment," Savchenko said, answering a prosecutor’s question regarding whether she told the artillery precisely where they should deliver fire near the roads.

    Savchenko has been in pretrial detention in Russia since summer 2014, as a suspected accomplice in the killing of two Russian journalists during the early stages of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

    Russian investigators believe that Savchenko was a fire spotter during a mortar attack near the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk on June 17, 2014, that killed two Russian journalists, Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin.


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