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Pilot jailed in Russia may return 'in weeks': Ukraine leader

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) speaks on the phone with pilot Nadiya Savchenko in the presence of her mother Mariya Ivanivna (C) and her sister Vira in Kiev, Ukraine on April 19, 2016Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday he hoped to see a Kiev-born pilot who received a 14-year jail sentence in Russia return home as part of a prisoner swap “in a few weeks”. The case of 34-year-old Nadiya Savchenko has further strained ties between the two neighbours as Ukraine fights a pro-Russian eastern insurgency that Moscow denies backing, despite evidence of its troops entering the war zone. Poroshenko said last Tuesday that he had telephoned Russian President Vladimir Putin and appeared to have a struck a deal in which Savchenko would be swapped for two alleged Russian soldiers captured and convicted in Ukraine.

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