- Freed Ukrainian pilot gets hero's welcome on return to Kiev Updated: May-25-16 3:40 pm
KIEV, Ukraine - During the nearly two years that she was imprisoned in Russia, Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko became a national hero in absentia, lauded for her flinty defiance. On Wednesday she made a celebrated return to the country still embroiled in a fight against Moscow-backed separatists.
- Ukrainian pilot returns home as unrivalled national hero Updated: May-25-16 12:03 pm
MOSCOW - When war broke out in eastern Ukraine, pilot Nadezhda Savchenko left her hometown to join the fight against Russia-backed separatists. Nearly two years after she was captured, then tried and convicted in Russia, she returned home to a rapturous welcome in Kiev.