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Moscow Court Extends Savchenko's Pretrial Detention

A Russian court has extended the pretrial detention of Ukrainian pilot and parliament member Nadia Savchenko until September 10.

Russian news agencies reported that the Moscow City Court issued the ruling on June 10.

Savchenko, 34, has been jailed in Russia since July 2014.

She says she was illegally brought into Russia after being abducted by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.

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

Savchenko denies her guilt and says Russia has no right to detain her.

The United States has raised concerned over the “callous and outrageous” treatment of Savchenko by Russian authorities and called for her immediate release.

Based on reporting by Interfax and TASS

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