Ukrainian volunteer Yulia Bagevska, who was arrested by the Russians in Mariupol in March, testified on Thursday at a hearing before a US congressional committee on the torture of Ukrainians in Russian captivity. Bazhevska, known in Ukraine as a merchant, was released after three months. She told members of the American Helsinki Committee that the Russians regularly tortured her and other captives, many of whom did not survive.




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Ukrainian volunteer Julija Pajevská | Source: Profimedia

Do you know why we do this to you? Russian asked her. because you can Bajska responded, according to her statement on Thursday.


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The American Helsinki Commission is a government agency created by Congress in 1975 to promote respect for human rights. It is attended by members of the House of Representatives and Senate and representatives of US ministries.

Bajwska described a seven-year-old boy who died in her arms because she did not have the equipment to help him. She further alleged that the prisoners had to strip their clothes before they were tortured. He cried out in pain for weeks before dying. In such torment, all they knew before death was violence and new pain, She said.

According to the Ukrainian agency Ukrinform, Pajevska saved the lives of soldiers and civilians in the Donbass for eight years. This year, she handed over to the Associated Press records taken when she and her group helped wounded Ukrainians and Russians during the current war.


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The Associated Press wrote Thursday that Bagevska is one of those who ended up in Russian captivity. The mayor of Mariupol said 10,000 people disappeared during the Russian siege of the city. The Russians captured Mariupol in April at the cost of a devastated city and countless dead.

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin said after Bajska’s speech Thursday that the Geneva Conventions require unconditional protection for both civilian and military health workers. He described what the Ukrainian woman described as a violation of international law. Republican Joe Wilson of South Carolina has described Russian President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal.

Bazhevska has so far refused to describe her captivity to journalists in more detail, not only saying about him in general that it was hell. It is inconvenient to talk about what happened there, She told the committee on Thursday.

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