Ukrainian medic who filmed Mariupol siege thanks President Zelenskyy for launch
The Ukrainian captured paramedic who was free of Russian captivity earlier within the week Yuliia Paievska has thanked the Ukrainian president for her launch.
“I do know that the whole lot will work out and we are going to all be house as I’m now,” Paievska mentioned addressing Ukrainians nonetheless held by Moscow forces.
The video posted on social media got here after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy introduced that Paievska, also referred to as Taira — a nickname she selected for herself within the World of Warcraft sport — was house.
“At this time I can lastly announce this. We managed to liberate Taira, the Ukrainian paramedic Yuliia Paievska, from captivity,” Zelenskyy mentioned.
“I’m grateful to everybody who labored in the direction of this outcome. Taira is house. We’ll hold working to liberate everybody.”
“It was such an amazing sense of reduction. These sound like such abnormal phrases, and I do not even know what to say,” her husband, Vadim Puzanov, mentioned on Friday.
Puzanov mentioned that the 2 spoke on the cellphone as she was headed to a Kyiv hospital and that he was involved for her well being.
Taira grew to become well-known after utilizing a physique digital camera to document her work in Mariupol whereas the port metropolis was underneath Russian siege.
She acquired the digital camera in 2021 as she was getting ready to take part in Ukraine’s Invictus Video games for army veterans, however ended up utilizing it to document the horrific occasions in Mariupol, together with her efforts to save lots of the wounded on either side.
A clip recorded on 10 March reveals two Russian troopers — one in a wheelchair, and the opposite with an apparent leg harm — taken roughly out of an ambulance by a Ukrainian soldier.
A Ukrainian soldier cursed at one in all them. “Relax, relax,” Taira tells him.
A lady requested her, “Are you going to deal with the Russians?”
“They won’t be as variety to us,” she replied. “However I couldn’t do in any other case. They’re prisoners of warfare.”
Paievska handed on the clips to an Related Press staff on 15 March — the day earlier than she was captured by Russian troops and the identical day when Russian troops bombed the town’s theatre, killing an estimated 600 individuals.
Lots of of distinguished Ukrainians have been kidnapped or captured, together with native officers, journalists, activists and human rights defenders.
On Saturday, 5 captured Ukrainians had been returned to Kyiv in change for 5 captured Russians, in keeping with the Ukrainian defence ministry.
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