Journalists were barred from the courtroom
Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko has again denied all charges, this time at the opening of her controversial trial in a Russian court in southern Russia.
Savchenko during the hearing, in which she is accused of involvement in the deaths of two Russian journalists, called the case a "piece of rubbish."
She could face 25 years in jail if found guilty.
The pilot has become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to Russia.
There was heavy security at the court on September 22, with armed riot police on guard outside the premises and snipers positioned on the roof of a nearby apartment block. Journalists were barred from the courtroom. Savchenko insisted that she had been kidnapped and smuggled illegally across the border into Russia at the time of her capture while fighting pro-Russian fighters in June 2014.
Most of the public seats in the court were occupied by Cossack militiamen, correspondents say, with the press only allowed to monitor proceedings by a video-link from an adjoining room.
However, three representatives from the European Union, a Ukrainian consul based in Rostov-on-Don and Ms Savchenko's sister Vira were among those who were allowed to attend the hearing.