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Moscow Court Delays Hearing Ukrainian Pilot's Appeal

A Moscow district court has postponed hearings on a captured Ukrainian Air Force pilot’s appeal against a decision to put her in a mental clinic for psychiatric evaluation.

The decision means 33-year-old Nadezhda Savchenko will remain in detention at a Moscow mental clinic for at least another month before her appeal is considered on November 11.

Savchenko says she was captured in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists during fighting in June and transfered to Russian custody in July.

Russian authorities have charged her with complicity in the killing of two Russian journalists who died covering the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Savchekno denies the charges and lodged a protest against the psychiatric examination.

The Ukrainian government has demanded Savchenko's release, and her name has become symbolic in Ukraine for the battle against the pro-Russian separatists’ insurgency.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP, TASS, and Interfax