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Savchenko Transferred To Civilian Hospital


Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko stands inside a defendants' cage as she attends a court hearing in Moscow on April 17.

Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko stands inside a defendants' cage as she attends a court hearing in Moscow on April 17.

Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko has been transferred from a jail hospital to a civilian clinic in Moscow.

Russian Federal Penitentiary Service spokeswoman Kristina Belousova said on April 28 that Savchenko was moved to a clinic in the capital because of her deteriorating health, but did not say whether her move to a civilian hospital was permanent.

Savchenko had previously maintained a hunger strike for more than 80 days over the winter.

Savchenko's lawyer, Mark Feigin, said on April 27 that the military pilot had resumed the hunger strike over the weekend, and was in bad health.

Belousova on April 28 said that Savchenko stopped her hunger strike.

Savchenko has been in pretrial detention in Russia since July, when she says she was illegally brought into the country after being abducted by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

She is charged with complicity in the killing of two Russian journalists who died in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as illegal border crossing.

With reporting by TASS and RIA Novosti
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