Ukrainian servicewoman Nadiya Savchenko walks barefoot as she visits the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, May 27, 2016. REUTERS/Alexander Prokopenko/Pool
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Nadiya Savchenko, a pilot who returned to a hero's welcome in Ukraine after two years in Russian custody, declared Friday she would run for president if that's what Ukrainians wanted.Savchenko was captured in eastern Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists in June 2014 when she was serving in a volunteer Ukrainian battalion. She resurfaced in Russian custody – she says she was kidnapped and spirited across the border, Russians say she came in illegally. Savchenko was released Wednesday after being pardoned on humanitarian grounds by Russian President Vladimir Putin – he says at the urging of the journalists' relatives – and traded for two Russian military men convicted in Ukraine.
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