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Russian court delays hearings on captured Ukrainian military officer's appeal

  • In this photo made with a mobile phone Ukrainian lawmaker Alexandra Uzhyl, right, and Marina Savchenko, mother of Ukrainian officer Nadezhda Savchenko speaks to press at a court room in Moscow on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. A court in Moscow on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, has delayed hearings on captured Ukrainian officer Nadezhda Savchenko's  appeal against the authorities’ decision to put her in a mental clinic for checks. Nadezhda Savchenko, 33 was captured by pro-Russian insurgents during fighting in eastern Ukraine in June and landed in Russian custody the following month.  (AP Photo/Alexander Roslyakov-Mazayev)

    In this photo made with a mobile phone Ukrainian lawmaker Alexandra Uzhyl, right, and Marina Savchenko, mother of Ukrainian officer Nadezhda Savchenko speaks to press at a court room in Moscow on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. A court in Moscow on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, has delayed hearings on captured Ukrainian officer Nadezhda Savchenko's appeal against the authorities’ decision to put her in a mental clinic for checks. Nadezhda Savchenko, 33 was captured by pro-Russian insurgents during fighting in eastern Ukraine in June and landed in Russian custody the following month. (AP Photo/Alexander Roslyakov-Mazayev)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 file photo, Ukrainian military officer Nadezhda Savchenko, 33, speaks to journalists shortly after her capture in Luhansk, Ukraine.  A court in Moscow on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, has delayed hearings on  captured Ukrainian officer Nadezhda Savchenko's  appeal against the authorities’ decision to put her in a mental clinic for checks. Nadezhda Savchenko, 33 was captured by pro-Russian insurgents during fighting in eastern Ukraine in June and landed in Russian custody the following month.  (AP Photo/Igor Golovniov, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, June 19, 2014 file photo, Ukrainian military officer Nadezhda Savchenko, 33, speaks to journalists shortly after her capture in Luhansk, Ukraine. A court in Moscow on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, has delayed hearings on captured Ukrainian officer Nadezhda Savchenko's appeal against the authorities’ decision to put her in a mental clinic for checks. Nadezhda Savchenko, 33 was captured by pro-Russian insurgents during fighting in eastern Ukraine in June and landed in Russian custody the following month. (AP Photo/Igor Golovniov, File)  (The Associated Press)

A court in Moscow has delayed hearings on a captured Ukrainian military officer's appeal against the authorities' decision to put her in a mental clinic for checks.

The 33-year-old Nadezhda Savchenko was captured by pro-Russian insurgents during fighting in eastern Ukraine in June and landed in Russian custody the following month.

Russian investigators accused Savchenko, a Ukrainian air force officer, of involvement in the killing of two Russian journalists in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian government has strongly demanded Savchenko's release, and her name has become symbolic for the battle against the insurgency.

On Monday, a Moscow district court was due to consider Savchenko's appeal against investigators' moves to have her undergo psychiatric checks, but put off the hearings for a month as she remained in a Moscow mental clinic.