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

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.