Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian fighter pilot and lawmaker who was recently released from Russian custody in a prisoner swap, is planning her visit to Lithuania.

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Invited by Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius, Savchenko and her sister Vira will be participating in the Conference of World Lithuanian Youth on July 10. She will also meet with Lithuanian politicians and and visit Ukrainian soldiers who are being treated at Lithuanian hospitals.

During two weeks of work as a Ukrainian lawmaker, reports Ukraine Today, she visited the eastern Ukraine combat zone, refused her war veteran status, and spoke in favour of direct talks with Russian-backed separatist forces.

Savchenko believes relations between Ukraine and Russia could improve only if Kremlin changes its leadership.

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