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Ukraine's 'Joan of Arc' Released In Prisoner Swap

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After two years behind bars, a military pilot dubbed Ukraine's "Joan of Arc" has been released. Her lawyer said Wednesday her release came through an exchange for two Russian prisoners of war. An Iraq war veteran, Nadiya Savchenko was captured by Russians during fighting involving pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine in 2014. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tweeted that "the hero of Ukraine" had returned home aboard his private plane. In March, Savchenko was convicted in Russia of involvement in the death of two state TV journalists during a shelling. The 35-year-old Savchenko pleaded not guilty. Her lawyers said the case was fabricated as part of Russia's vilification campaign against Ukraine. Eearning her the nickname 'Joan of Arc,' in her homeland she is seen as a symbol of resistance to what most consider an invasion by Vladimir Putin's forces.