On May 25, Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot jailed in Russia for 22 year for the murder of the Russian TV-journalists in Donbass, was exchanged for two Russian servicemen Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov captured in Ukraine and sentenced to 14 years for terrorism. Negotiations on the exchanged lasted for almost a year. Officially, however, the Russian authorities do not acknowledge that Savchenko was released in a swap for two Russian citizens. In fact, the Kremlin claimed that she was sent back home for "humanitarian reasons." When Savchenko arrived to Kiev, she was welcomed by the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and dozens of journalists. In Moscow, only the wives of Alexandrov and Yerofeev, and a few employees of the Russian state TV-channels were allowed to greet the two servicemen upon their return.
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