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Savchenko sentenced by Russian court to 22 years in prison

Savchenko sentenced by Russian court to 22 years in prisonA Russian court has sentenced a Ukrainian pilot to 22 years in prison after convicting her for complicity to murder in the 2014 deaths of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine.

The judge said on Tuesday Nadezhda Savchenko will also have to pay a fine for crossing into Russia illegally.

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Savchenko was serving in a Ukrainian volunteer battalion against Russia-backed rebels when she was captured by separatist rebels in July 2014, and later surfaced in Russia.

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The judge earlier called a break when Savchenko, who has mocked and denounced the proceedings, burst into song upon hearing the guilty verdict.
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