FREE UKRAINIAN PARAMEDIC JULIA PAEVSKA (TAIRA)

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FREE UKRAINIAN PARAMEDIC JULIA PAEVSKA (TAIRA)

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Yelena Zotova started this petition to Amnesty International Amnesty International and

Ukrainian paramedic Julia Paevska (aka Taira) & Serhiy Chernobrivets, her ambulance driver have been detained by Russians near Mariupol on March 16, 2022, where Taira was helping to pull out people from under the rubble and rush them to safety. Ms. Paevska is well known in Ukraine as she has saved more than 800 lives since sniper shootings on Maidan in 2014. 

Taira is a Hero of Ukraine, a member of the National Team of Ukraine at the Invictus Games for athletes who received injuries fulfilling tasks or duties in wartime, and she is protected under Geneva conventions both as a medic and as a non-combatant (she was decommissioned from military service due to her injuries: both hip joints replaced, and asthma.) For a long time, they denied having her, knowing they had no right to detain a medic. Then promised to exchange her secretly; then broke their promise. Most probable scenario now, that they have captured the defenders of Azovstal, is to have a fake "show trial," in the macabre traditions of Stalin's times.

Russian occupants made a propaganda film about Taira (aired on NTV in mid-April) titled "Taira, A Beast Woman" where they misrepresent this courageous and kindhearted person as a "Nazi" who allegedly "tortured people" and similar outrageous lies.

In the video, Taira looks aged several years compared to her last photo taken on March 15 right before captivity, but conducts herself with the same dignity, courage, and compassion as always. At that time, the occupants forced her to address the not yet captured Azov regiment asking them to "seize fire." All She said was, "Please hear me: there are suffering civilians in Mariupol; I hope measures will be taken to help them."

Further, the occupants scroll through Taira's text messages on her phone, hypocritically saying as if she "volunteered" to breach her privacy (obviously under torture, mental or physical) and they make cynical remarks about her private life. These and other lies already get viral and even translated in other languages, like Italian, to spread the lies.

Russians have projected all their sick and sadistic fantasies onto their captive. Holding Taira in captivity, they deprive hundreds of people of her paramedic services and hope to break the spirits of Ukrainians by tarnishing her name to promote their lies about "Nazis" in Ukraine on Russian TV channels and throughout the world.

Our hearts are bleeding at this disgusting abuse of one of the best humans on earth. Please add your name to FREE JULIA PAEVSKA-TAIRA from the hands of Russian executioners and restore truth and justice.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMPASSION.

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