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Putin releases Nadia Savchenko, but keeps Donbass and Crimea.

May 25, 2016

Nadia Savchenko, a lieutenant in the Ukrainian army, was captured by Russian-backed separatists while fighting in east Ukraine in June 2014.

She was found guilty, in a Moscow kangaroo staged trial, of deliberately directing shelling and killing two Russian journalists and was sentenced to 22 years in prison in March.

Nadia Savchenko’s defiance in court, which included giving the middle finger to the judges and going on a hunger strike, made her a national hero in Ukraine, where she was elected to parliament in absentia and decorated as a Hero of Ukraine, the country’s highest honour.

Today she returned home to a hero's welcome on Tuesday, ending nearly two years of imprisonment. In exchange Ukraine released Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeev, who were captured by Ukrainian forces during a firefight in east Ukraine in May 2015.

They told journalists after their capture that they were serving members of the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency, and had been embedded with separatist forces in the Russian prxy occupied region of the Donbass in Eastern Ukraine.

Oh and "Putin khuilo" is a popular Ukrainian language slogan deriding Russian President Vladimir Putin. It basically means "dickeahd".

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