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A Ukrainian doctor has been captured by Russian forces after video evidence of the horrors of the invasion was smuggled in using a tampon

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  • A Ukrainian doctor smuggled footage of the horrors of Mariupol to AP journalists before they left town.

  • Yuliia Paievska’s footage showed her caring for injured Ukrainians – and even Russians.

  • A day after she sneaked the video out, Russian forces abducted her. His whereabouts are unknown.

A Ukrainian doctor was captured by Russian forces in mid-March after covering up video evidence of the devastation of war.

Yuliia Paievska – known in Ukraine as Taira – recorded 256 gigabytes of harrowing and graphic footage from a helmet camera in Mariupol over a two-week period during Russia’s siege of the city, the report reported. ‘Associated Press Thursday.

Taira, 53, handed over the camera card to an AP team. The team of journalists – one of whom hid the evidence in a tampon – passed through more than a dozen Russian checkpoints before escaping from the strategic southern port city in a humanitarian convoy, the report said. .

Taira was captured by Russian troops the next day, the report continues. Russian broadcasters released a video of her and accused her of trying to flee the city in disguise. She has not been seen since.

The images, published in Thursday’s report, document the efforts of Taira’s team to save the lives of injured Ukrainians – and even Russians.

In one video, a team of doctors could be seen trying to save the life of a young boy. He didn’t survive and Taira turned away, placing a bloody hand on a wall. Headset footage picked up the sounds of her sobbing, while medical devices beeped in the background. She then closed the boy’s eyes.

Another video released by the AP showed Taira removing bloody gloves from her hands, before switching to footage of her jostling in a hallway behind first responders as they pushed a stretcher.

The next image showed Taira tending to a man’s injured and bloody face – opening his eyelid with extreme caution as he took a deep breath.

Further footage from Taira’s helmet camera showed a soldier being carried away on a stretcher, before switching to a shot of a soldier’s bloody face bandaged by medics. In the following image, doctors performed CPR on an unidentified person.

Since her abduction, a website has been published showing how long Taira has been in Russian captivity since March 16 – 65 days and counting. Efforts between Ukraine and Russia to involve it in a prisoner swap have stalled.

Her husband, Vadim Puzanov, told the AP he had little or no knowledge of her whereabouts or her condition. The website said Russian state media attempted to use Taira in disinformation and propaganda campaigns.

“To accuse a volunteer doctor of all mortal sins, including organ trafficking, is already outrageous propaganda – I don’t even know who this is aimed at,” Puzanov said.

Doctors, hospitals and other health facilities were constantly targeted by Russian forces throughout the three-month war.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated how the camera footage was smuggled out of Mariupol, Ukraine. The camera card was given by the doctor to a team of AP reporters, one of whom hid it in a tampon.

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