Thursday 19 January 2017

Russia frees Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko in prisoner swap

Published 25/05/2016 | 11:45

Nadezhda Savchenko smiles to journalists from a glass cage in court, in Donetsk. The Ukrainian pilot has been freed by Russia in a prisoner swap (AP)
Nadezhda Savchenko smiles to journalists from a glass cage in court, in Donetsk. The Ukrainian pilot has been freed by Russia in a prisoner swap (AP)

Russia has released jailed pilot Nadezhda Savchenko and she was being flown to Ukraine, as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen imprisoned in Ukraine, officials said.

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An official close to the Ukrainian presidency reported the development.

Kremlin-funded television station RT, citing unidentified sources, reported that two Russians also were released and were being flown to Moscow.

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