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12:59 May. 29, 2016

Militant leader Zakharchenko threatens to kill Savchenko

Leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko (Getty Images)

On May 25 Ukrainian pilot and MP returned to Ukraine from Russia in prisoner swap deal    

Leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko says that Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko will be killed should she decide to go to Donbas to participate in war, according to Ukrainian website Novosti Donbasa.

"If Savchenko comes to the front line, we'll shoot her. So when we're to blame for killing her, it wouldn't be so offensive," he told journalists.

He also claims "Kyiv would prefer to have Savchenko dead than alive."

Earlier Zakharchenko admitted a "reunion with Ukraine only if there is change in power in Kyiv."

On May 25, Ukrainian pilot-turned-MP Nadiya Savchenko, who was illegally held in Russia for almost two years, was released and exchanged for the two Russian Special Forces servicemen captured in eastern Ukraine last year. 

Reporting by UNIAN

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