Pluck under pressure

Interrogation video of stoic female soldier turns her into national hero in Ukraine

Posted: August 10, 2014 at 4:01 a.m.

Nadiya Savchenko (center) is shown in 2004 after completing a grueling training program with the Ukrainian army. She was the only woman in a 2005 Ukrainian peacekeeping force in Iraq. Now held prisoner by the Russians, “she’s our Joan of Arc,” said Valeriy Ryabykh, a military expert with the Defense Express magazine.

The rebel interrogating Lt. Nadiya Savchenko tried his best to wheedle information out of her. Like other men before him, he underestimated her mettle.

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