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Ten-year-old Sasha stands in a bomb shelter in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.


Final News Summary For September 29

-- We have started a new Ukraine Live Blog. Find it here.

-- Ukraine is marking 75 years since the World War II massacre of 33,771 Jews on the outskirts of Nazi-occupied Kyiv.

-- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to stabilize a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine and do all he could to improve what Merkel called a "catastrophic humanitarian situation" in Syria.

-- Russia's Supreme Court has upheld a decision by a Moscow-backed Crimean court to ban the Mejlis, the self-governing body of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Ukrainian territory.

* NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Kyiv (GMT/UTC +3)

08:56 22.9.2015

Good morning. We'll start this brand new installment of the Ukraine Live Blog with a selection of the tweets that caught our eye overnight:

11:08 22.9.2015

The Nadia Savchenko proceedings should be starting any minute now:

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11:58 22.9.2015

Here are some details from our news desk on the Savchenko trial today:

The high-profile trial of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko is beginning in a Russian court on September 22.

Savchenko is charged with involvement in the murder of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Savchenko denies the charges, and spent more than 80 days on a hunger strike to protest her detention.

Human rights groups and Western governments have joined Kyiv in calling for her release.

Her lawyer, Mark Feygin, tweeted that journalists were being barred from entering the courtroom on September 22 in the southern Russian town of Donetsk close to eastern Ukraine.

Savchenko faces 25 years in jail if found guilty of complicity in the killing of the two journalists and of crossing into Russia illegally.

Savchenko says she was spirited into Russia by the rebels after being captured in a day-long battle in June 2014.

Her defense team says they have proof she was already in captivity at the time of the two reporters' deaths.

The 34-year-old's plight and defiant stance in captivity have made her a national hero in Ukraine.

(Interfax, Twitter, Reuters

12:09 22.9.2015

Here's a live feed of Nadia Savhcenko's trial from RFE/RL's Russian Service (natural sound):

12:41 22.9.2015

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