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 "I want to apologize to all mothers whose children have not returned from ATO," - Savchenko's first words on Ukrainian soil

Ukrainian pilot Nadiia Savchenko is grateful to all those who contributed to her release, those who supported her and worried about her.

She said it at Boryspil airport in her first speech after returning to Ukraine from Kremlin's captivity, Censor.NET reports.

"The first thing I want to tell you is that I am free. I want to apologize to all mothers whose children have not returned from the area of the anti-terrorist operation while I'm still alive. I want to apologize to all mothers whose children are held captives while I'm free.

"I want to say that I won't return the dead. But I'm always ready to sacrifice my life for Ukraine on the battlefield. I'll do my best so that everyone staying in captivity is released. These Ukrainian heroes must not die. It's to someone's advantage when heroes die, and it's the opposite when they are alive.

"But we will live on and heroes will come to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the envy of the Russian Duma, to the glory of Ukraine, in gratitude to the people of Ukraine. We'll have the Verkhovna Rada composed of deserving people.

"We'll live in Ukraine as men of dignity should live. I do not know how to do it, I'll be honest. I'll not promise it will happen tomorrow. But I'm ready to die every second for it to come true, and it will come true," she said.

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"I want to convey my deep gratitude to everyone who fought for me and for everyone who will be freed. If people did not speak, politicians would keep silent forever.

"I want to thank all those who supported me! I've survived because of you. I want to thank my enemies! I've survived in spite of you. I want to thank the indifferent ones for not interfering!" she concluded.
 
 
 
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