Vira Savchenko, sister of the Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko and lawyer Ilya Novikov speaks during their press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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The two Russian journalists were killed in shelling at 11.40 hrs outside Luhansk in June 2014 .Savchenko, who was elected a parliamentary deputy in Ukraine after her arrest, is the highest profile Ukrainian prisoner held by Russia and her plight has turned her into a national heroine at home.Savchenko, who was held for a time in a Moscow psychiatric clinic, is also charged with crossing the border into Russia illegally and could face 25 years in jail if convicted.Her relatives say she was spirited out of Ukraine illegally into Russia by the rebels who blindfolded her.Ukrainian and Western politicians have appealed to Moscow to free Savchenko.
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