Sept 16, 2022
A volunteer Ukrainian paramedic Yuliya “Taira” Paievska who was captured by Russians in Mariupol and held for three months told U.S. lawmakers about the deplorable conditions of her captivity. We publish some of Yuliya’s quotes.
“Pregnant female prisoners, neither their relatives nor the state know about their fate. A Ukrainian fighter who was beaten by the Russians for 3 hours and then thrown into the basement like a sack. And only a day later someone came to him,” that’s how Yuliya describes the horrors of captivity.
“A dead child in his mother’s arms. A 7-year-old boy with bullet wounds who died in my arms, because in this case I couldn’t help him” said Taira.
According to her words, prisoners were screaming and dying from torture in their cells for weeks without any medical help.
Yuliya talks about Mariupol: “My friend whose eyes I closed before his death… And another friend… And another, and another. A city of half a million was dying before my eyes under airstrikes – methodical, planned.”
“Airstrikes on hospitals and residential areas… Rescuers were getting bodies of women and children mutilated beyond recognition from under the rubble. People were fetching water from puddles. Houses were looted.”
“Dogs that were once pets were dragging human limbs through the streets of the city,” Tayra describes the consequences of the Russian invasion of Mariupol.
It is critical that the world hear the stories of those who endured the worst under captivity and occupation. We hope that all the terrible evidence of this war be documented at the international level. And criminals will be punished.