Ukrainian Medic Captured By Russia, But Not Before Revealing Horrors Of Mariupol

Last updated June 24, 2023

Yuliia Paievska, known as Taira, is a celebrated Ukrainian medic who recorded her time in Mariupol and had the footage smuggled out to the world in a Tampon. The footage, captured on a data card no larger than a fingernail, spans two weeks of time and shows Taira and her team frantically working to save the lives of both Russians and Ukrainians alike.

Russian forces have violated the Geneva Conventions more than a 100 times so far, launching brutal attacks against medical personnel and facilities.

Despite these inhumane attacks, Taira and her team refused to respond in kind. In fact, the footage shows that they rendered aid to Russian troops on several occasions. When asked by a colleague if she would treat the Russians, Taira responded emphatically:

“They will not be as kind to us,... But I couldn’t do otherwise. They are prisoners of war.”

Yuliia Paievska

On March 16, 2022, one day after smuggling the footage she captured in Mariupol to the associated press, Taira was captured by Russian forces. Aside from a video release of Taira reading a statement on March 21, she has not been seen or heard of since. Her husband and daughter have been careful what they say to the public regarding their wife and mother.

The footage Taira captured shows just how much of a force of nature she was to the injured in Mariupol. On day 1 of the siege of Mariupol she documents the bandaging of a Ukrainian soldiers head wound. Later into the brutal fighting, she stuns an injured Russian soldier with her statement that "we treat everyone equally".

Taira documented her heartbreaking care of two young orphans who were themselves suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the children died and Taira sheds tears over his lifeless body. Despite suffering chronic pain herself, Taira always had kind words and a jovial attitude to everyone else. She cracked jokes and embraced fellow medics and handed stuffed animals out to children.

Taira embodies what it means to walk the thin line between order and chaos. She has sacrificed everything to be with those who needed her most. We stand with brave men and women like Taira, and we hope that you will stand with us.

Some of the footage from Taira's hidden camera can be seen below, but be warned: the video contains graphic content and explicit language.

Update 1: YouTube has blocked the original video. We've included it below the Rumble video so you can navigate to it if you wish.

Update 2: Yuliia Paievska was released in late 2022.

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6 comments on “Ukrainian Medic Captured By Russia, But Not Before Revealing Horrors Of Mariupol”

  1. The work and ethics of this doctor are most admirable - but not in line with nationalist Ukrainian standards, as laid down by the National Hero Stepan Bandera, nor the founder of the "Asov" troop who referred to Non-Ukrainians and Semitic people as "untermenschen".
    What we have seen of the Russian soldiers now in Mariupol is handing out food and drink as well as medical aid. In other words, there can be good people on either side of a battle-front.

  2. May God Help her. She has seen and heard and done more than most people will ever see. She is a saint.

  3. my prayers go to all the people in Ukraine who will need ongoing support from the world. We are all affected by any war as we are literally brothers and sisters on this earth. Taira was an example of this kind of love.

  4. Weren't some of these scenes shot in Chicago last weekend? Or was it NYC, St. Louis, or DC? Let's arm our civilians to protect themselves in our corrupt cities BEFORE arming corrupt countries overseas, without any controls over how "aid" is distributed. Some scenes there don't appear as bad as here, (except on MSM's paint-by-numbers-tragedy-scripts). Why not first shut down the 25 CIA-funded Bio-Labs in Ukraine? Or the child-trafficking? Or the money-laundering? Or . . .

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