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.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis has called Russia an international menace during a visit to Kyiv. He also discussed expanding the US's support for Ukraine's government in its fight against rebels.
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.
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.
Ukrainian public enemy no. 1 wants to stir up the country's political system: Mikhail Saakashvili, former Georgian president and ex-governor of Odessa, plans a spectacular return to Kyiv — at all costs.
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