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Russia sets free jailed Ukrainian pilot

world Updated: May 26, 2016 06:42 IST

KIEV: Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko returned home to a hero’s welcome on Wednesday after nearly two years in a Russian prison, drawing a line under a damaging diplomatic spat between Moscow and Kiev. The 35-year-old army helicopter pilot flew home as part of an apparent prisoner swap with Moscow, with two alleged Russian soldiers leaving Ukraine earlier in the day. In Ukraine, she has become a symbol of resistance against what Kiev sees as Moscow’s aggression in the east and has been elected to parliament in her absence.

First Published: May 26, 2016 06:42 IST