FREE UKRAINIAN PARAMEDIC JULIA PAEVSKA (TAYRA)

FREE UKRAINIAN PARAMEDIC JULIA PAEVSKA (TAYRA)

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Yelena Zotova started this petition to Amnesty International Amnesty International and

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

Tayra 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 and asthma.)

Russian occupants made a propaganda film about Tayra (aired on NTV in mid-April) titled "Tayra, 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, Tayra looks aged several years compared to her last photo taken in March (probably already in captivity), but conducts herself with the same dignity, courage, and compassion as always. The occupants forced her to address her brothers in arms in Azov battalion 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 Tayra'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 Tayra 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-TAYRA from the hands of Russian executioners and restore truth and justice.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMPASSION.

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