Russian court convicts Ukrainian pilot, so she sings

Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko sings in a glass cage inside court, in the town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia, Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev

DONETSK, Russia - A Russian court has found a Ukrainian pilot guilty of complicity to murder in the deaths of two Russian journalists in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Nadezhda Savchenko was serving in a Ukrainian volunteer battalion against Russia-backed rebels when she was captured by separatist rebels in July 2014 before surfacing in Russia.

Prosecutors said Savchenko called in coordinates for shelling that killed two journalists and several civilians near the Russian border in July 2014.

Upon hearing the guilty verdict Tuesday, Savchenko interrupted the judge and began to sing at the top of her voice. The judge had to call a break in the hearing before pronouncing the sentencing.

The Ukrainian government says Savchenko is a prisoner of war and should be released under current truce agreements in eastern Ukraine.