“These 444 days outside my country were challenging for me. I want to thank all the friends who supported me. It feels great on the native land,” he told reporters upon arrival.
Avakov ran for parliament
in the Oct. 28 election on the jailed ex-Prime Minister Yulia
Tymoshenko’s Batkivshchyna ticket. As a deputy, he now enjoys
immunity from prosecution, without which he would likely end in jail.
“His (Avakov’s) return [home] is
a slap for Yanukovych,” Andriy Parubiy, another oppositional
lawmaker, tweeted after greeting Avakov at the airport.