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Savchenko trial ends, verdict to be announced March 21

The trial of Ukrainian pilot, MP and member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE Nadia Savchenko has ended in a Russian-based Donetsk city court in Rostov region and the verdict will be announced on March 21-22, her lawyer Nikolay Polozov wrote on Twitter.

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"The verdict will be announced on March 21-22," he tweeted.

In her last plea on Wednesday, Savchenko told the court she would continue refusing food and water and raised her middle finger at the judge and prosecution.

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UNIAN memo. Nadia Savchenko was abducted by Russia-backed militants in Donbas last summer, and then illegally transferred to Russia, where she was charged with complicity in the death of Russian journalists. However, the defense claims she couldn't have been involved in this crime as she had been captured before the journalists were killed.

Savchenko is being accused of murder and also of attempted murder, according to the PGO statement. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation also accused Savchenko of illegal border crossing.

On December 17, a Russian-based Donetsk city court in southern Russia's Rostov region extended the arrest of Savchenko until April 16, 2016.

Russia's prosecutor has called for a 23-year prison term and a fine of RUB 100,000 ($1,400) for Nadia Savchenko accused of killing two Russian reporters.

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