Taira and a colleague were then taken as prisoners by Russian forces on 16 March, the same day an airstrike hit a theatre, killing 600 people.

Read here Evacuation from Azot plant in Severodonetsk now is impossible

"It was such a great sense of relief. Those sound like such ordinary words, and I don’t even know what to say," her husband, Vadim Puzanov, said.

The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, on Friday night confirmed the medic was home, adding work would continue to "liberate everyone".