Russian investigators charge Ukrainian military spotter with murder of journalists
MOSCOW, July 9 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Investigative Committee has officially charged Ukrainian army air gunnery spotter, Nadezhda Savchenko, with complicity in Russian journalists murder during military operation in the eastern Ukraine, Committee’s official spokesperson said on Wednesday.
Savchenko has been apprehended by Russian police officers after she has illegally crossed the Ukranian-Russian border under disguise of a refugee. She remains in detention center ever since.
According to the Investigative Committee, Savchenko is an air gunnery spotter for the Ukrainian army who has enlisted into the “Aydar” squad during the military operation against the separatist forces in the Luhansk region. Russian investigators believe that she has obtained the information regarding the battlefield location of Russian journalists and transferred that data to Ukrainian forces, killing two journalists as a result.
Vesti correspondent Igor Kornelyuk and sound engineer Anton Voloshin were killed on Tuesday in a mortar attack in the vicinity of Metallist and Mirny, small towns near Luhansk in eastern Ukraine. The Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, Vasily Nikitin, has put the blame on the National Guard’s mortar fire. The Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office said the independence fighters were guilty of causing the death of a journalist, without saying which of the two.