Snap analysis for the BBC on Nadiya Savchenko’s release

Associated Press via BBC

Analysis by the BBC’s David Stern in Kiev

Nadiya Savchenko is back on Ukrainian soil, and the first indications are that she will be the same outspoken firebrand that she was during Russian captivity.

Undoubtedly, the Kremlin will remain one of her main targets. But it will be interesting to watch which Ukrainian politicians will become the focus of her ire.

Her politics apparently lean towards the nationalist camp – though how far they extend in this direction remains to be seen.

While in prison she was elected as a parliamentary deputy from Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party. Both Savchenko and Ms Tymoshenko are strong-willed personalities – and conflicts between them might erupt.

But the biggest question is how she and President Petro Poroshenko will get along. Savchenko voiced her support for the Minsk peace agreements, and Mr Poroshenko looked pleased as he stood beside her.

But she also said that “peace is only possible through war”. If she decides to turn against the president, the anti-Poroshenko camp will be strengthened by what at the moment is Ukraine’s most powerful political voice.