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Freed pilot Savchenko sworn in as Ukrainian lawmaker

  • Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko walks near the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Savchenko appears for her first session at the Ukrainian parliament as a lawmaker in former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's party on Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko walks near the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Savchenko appears for her first session at the Ukrainian parliament as a lawmaker in former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's party on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko drinks coffee outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Savchenko appears for her first session at the Ukrainian parliament as a lawmaker in former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's party on Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko drinks coffee outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Savchenko appears for her first session at the Ukrainian parliament as a lawmaker in former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's party on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko holds agenda papers in the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Savchenko appeared for her first session at the Ukrainian parliament as a lawmaker in former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's party on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko holds agenda papers in the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Savchenko appeared for her first session at the Ukrainian parliament as a lawmaker in former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's party on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)  (The Associated Press)

Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who spent two years in Russian custody before she was released last week, has been sworn in as a lawmaker in the national parliament.

Savchenko was elected as a lawmaker in 2014 while she was in custody. She told parliament in Kiev Tuesday that she would it make her priority to fight for the release of other Ukrainians held in Russia, whom Ukraine describes as political prisoners.

Savchenko returned to Ukraine last week to a hero's welcome after she was convicted and pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of a prisoner swap.

Savchenko was captured in eastern Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists in June 2014 when she was serving in a volunteer Ukrainian battalion.