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Ukrainian army pilot charged with abetting deaths of 2 Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine

Two Ukrainian military helicopters carry Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Minister of Defense Valery Heletey to inspect weapons captured from rebels at the base in Devhenke village, Kharkiv region, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, with a Ukrainian national flag in the foreground. President Petro Poroshenko has suggested, that mediation could take place in a government-controlled town some 220 kilometers west of Russia_ a proposal staunchly rejected by the rebels. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

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Two Ukrainian military helicopters carry Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Minister of Defense Valery Heletey to inspect weapons captured from rebels at the base in Devhenke village, Kharkiv region, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, with a Ukrainian national flag in the foreground. President Petro Poroshenko has suggested, that mediation could take place in a government-controlled town some 220 kilometers west of Russia_ a proposal staunchly rejected by the rebels. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

MOSCOW - Russian investigators say they have arrested and charged a Ukrainian air force pilot, whose plane was shot down during fighting, with killing two Russian journalists.

Ukraine has been rocked by fighting between pro-Russia rebels and government forces for over three months. The two Russian state-owned TV channel employees died in June after being hit by mortar fire in the Ukrainian city of Luhansk.

Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement Wednesday that pilot Nadezhda Savchenko is suspected of tipping off Ukrainian troops as to the whereabouts of the journalists who were in a rebel-held area.

Investigators say Savchenko is in a Russian detention centre. But it's unclear how she got there: Moscow insists she crossed the border voluntarily but Ukraine says she was kidnapped by rebels and taken to Russia.

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