Wednesday 28 September 2016

Jailed Ukrainian pilot freed

Roland Oliphant

Published 26/05/2016 | 02:30

Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko during an appearance at the Presidential Administration building following Savchenko's return to Ukraine (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko during an appearance at the Presidential Administration building following Savchenko's return to Ukraine (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Nadia Savchenko, a Ukrainian helicopter pilot jailed in Russia, has been released in a prisoner exchange that may bring fresh diplomatic impetus to ending the war in east Ukraine.

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Miss Savchenko (35) was exchanged for Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeev, two members of the Russian special forces, in a hurried swap on the tarmac of Rostov on Don airport, in southern Russia, on Tuesday afternoon.

The exchange follows a two-year diplomatic impasse during which Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian president, accused Russian leader Vladimir Putin of using Miss Savchenko as a hostage to exert pressure on Kiev over the war in east Ukraine.

Irish Independent

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