After two years in Russia captivity, Savchenko returned to a parliamentary seat she had won in absence. She is a national hero and many in the country hope she'll take a leading role in politics.
As Russian-backed forces wreaked havoc among disorganized, often lightly armored and mostly ad-hoc Ukrainian troops, the Baltic states watched. Now NATO allies are implementing blood-stained lessons from Ukraine.
The Ukrainian pilot has returned to Kyiv after being released in a prisoner swap with Russia. President Poroshenko fought to bring her back but, as DW's Emma Burrows writes, her return could prove bittersweet for him.
Sanctions against Russia should be directed toward individuals, says Ukrainian fighter pilot and parliamentarian Nadiya Savchenko in a DW Interview during a visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Nadezhda Savchenko's lawyer has said the pilot jailed in Russia is refusing to eat or drink as she begins her sentence. Savchenko has become a key figure in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
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