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Russia's Putin pardons Ukrainian pilot

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>> A hero's welcome in Ukraine for pilot Nadia Shavshenko. Arriving home after nearly two years in a Russian Jail.>>
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> Telling the crowds on arrival she's ready once again to sacrifice her life for Ukraine on a battle field. Her release part of a prisoner swap. In return, 2 Russians held in Ukraine were allowed back to Moscow.
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So Shenko's release had been demanded by Western governments for some time. She's become a national hero back home, and the hand over is likely to ease tension between Moscow and the West a few weeks before the EU decides whether to extend sanctions against Russia. Seen as a symbol of resistance the military pilot volunteered to fight with the ground unit against pro Moscow separatists who rose up against Kiev's rule in Eastern Ukraine.
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She was captured and put on trial in Southern Russia. The two Russian prisoners have also returned home. Ukraine accused them of being Russian special forces officers fighting in Eastern Ukraine. Though Moscow has never acknowledged the two were following its orders.