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Russian Court Orders Psychiatric Examination For Ukrainian Officer

Ukrainian activists hold a banner saying "Ukraine needs Nadiya" and a Nadiya Savchenko portrait during a rally demanding the release of the Ukrainian officer in front of the Russian Embassy in Kyiv last month.

A Russian court has refused to free a Ukrainian Air Force officer on bail and ordered her to be sent to Moscow for a psychiatric examination.

Senior Lieutenant Nadiya Savchenko was captured in June and is awaiting trial in Russia.

She is charged with complicity in the killing of two Russian journalists who died while covering the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and government forces in eastern Ukraine.

At a hearing on August 27, a court in the city of Voronezh refused to release her on bail and extended her pretrial detention through October 30.

It ruled that she will be sent to Moscow for a psychiatric examination.

Savchenko's lawyer, Mark Feigin, says his client has lodged a protest against the psychiatric examination.

Savchenko told the court that she is not guilty and that Russia has no right to try her.

Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax