Ukrainian war pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was recently released from prison in Russia, says she will visit Lithuania at the earliest opportunity to thank the country for its vocal protest against her detention by Moscow.
Nadiya Savchenko
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"I would very much want to come to every neighbouring country. I hope to come see you too, but I will not have time for everything during my first month or day of freedom. But I will come," Savchenko told BNS in a telephone interview from Kiev.

Last week, Savchenko was released from prison in Russia in a deal which saw her exchanged for two Russian soldiers Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeniy Yerofeyev. The two were convicted in Ukraine for participating in armed fighting in the separatist eastern regions of the country.

Savchenko herself was convicted in Russia for alleged involvement in the killing of two Russian journalists.

Savchenko thanked Lithuania for its support during her imprisonment in Russia.

"Thank you for everything. No matter how many times I thank you, it will not be enough. I am grateful to every person of Lithuania for your country's continued efforts to help me," she said.

"Thank you for doing everything to make sure it works, to have me released. I will learn from you and together we will continue this for the Ukrainians who remain in illegal detention in Russia," said the pilot.

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