In this Wednesday, March 9, 2016 file photo Ukrainian jailed military officer Nadezhda Savchenko as she sits in a glass cage during a trial in the town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia. (AP Photo, file)
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Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko awaits the verdict in her controversial trial over the murder of two Russian journalists with few doubting she will be found guilty in a ruling that will fuel the feud between Kiev and Moscow.Ukraine and the West have decried the case as a political show trial and see Savchenko as the latest pawn in the Kremlin's broader aggression against its ex-Soviet neighbor that saw Moscow seize the Crimea peninsula and fuel a separatist insurgency.They say Savchenko – who has become a national hero at home and been elected to parliament in absentia – was kidnapped by pro-Moscow separatists in east Ukraine in June 2014 and illegally smuggled over the border into Russia before being slapped with false charges. Ukraine's pro-Western President Petro Poroshenko has pledged to do "everything possible" to bring Savchenko back home and mooted a prisoner swap to free her.Savchenko has struck a defiant figure throughout the long months of her detention – which saw her sent to a psychiatric hospital near Moscow before being transferred close to the Ukraine border for her trial.
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