Nadia Savchenko’s first statement on arrival to Ukraine: full speech

Author : Savchenko Nadiya

Source : 112 Ukraine

‘I am ready to die for Ukraine’
16:25, 25 May 2016

‘I’ve been behind bars for two years! Please, respect my personal space! I’ll speak loud so all of you could hear me! I’ve become estranged from people in these two years! I’ll may sound harsh! I’m free now!

I want to ask for forgiveness all mothers, whose children haven’t returned from ATO in eastern Ukraine while I’m still alive standing here. I want to ask for forgiveness all mothers, whose children are still behind bars, while I’m free.

I won’t bring back to life anyone, who’s not among us anymore by saying what I'm about to say, but I am ready to die for Ukraine. I will do my best to ensure, that every child, who is now forced to stay in prison, will be release. All heroes of Ukraine will stay alive.

It’s very beneficial when heroes are no longer alive. It’s not beneficial when we’re alive. Heroes of Ukraine will be in parliament. They will be in Ukraine’s Rada to serve Ukraine and Ukraine’s people.

Ukraine’s parliament will consist of people, who deserve to be MPs. Ukrainians will live a life every person deserves to live. To be honest, just now I don’t know how to do this and I don’t promise it will happen tomorrow, but I’m ready to die every second to make it happen. And this will happen!’

Earlier today, the plane with Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko on board has landed in Kyiv Boryspil airport.

Savchenko was sentenced to 22 years of prison by a Russian court for allegedly killing two Russian journalists and illegally crossing Russian border.

Nadia Savchenko was exchanged for two fighters of Russia’s Special Service and pardoned by the President of the Russian Federation.

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