Russia has freed jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who became a symbol of resistance against Moscow.
“I am free,” Savchenko told a horde of columnists and government officials as she touched base in Kiev as a major aspect of a detainee swap with two charged Russian operators.
She was sentenced to 22 years in prison for murdering two Russian writers in eastern Ukraine, charges she denied.
The two Russians – Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov – were prior flown from Kiev to Moscow.
Savchenko was exculpated by Russian President Vladimir Putin before her arrival to Ukraine.
Mr Putin said he had acted in the wake of meeting relatives of the two Russian writers, who showed requesting that he indicate leniency to Savchenko.
In Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko exonerated the two Russian nationals.
In a tweet (in Ukrainian) prior on Wednesday, Mr Poroshenko composed: “The presidential plane with Hero of Ukraine Nadiya Savchenko has landed!”