A Ukrainian doctor who smuggled footage out of the besieged city of Mariupol has been freed by Russian troops three months after being captured.
Yuliia Paievska, known as Taira, used a body camera to record the efforts of her team tending to the wounded, including Ukrainian and Russian soldiers, reports the Associated Press.
The day before she was captured, she handed the clips over to agency reporters, one of whom fled town with the clip embedded in his pad.
Taira and a colleague were later taken prisoner by Russian forces on March 16, the same day an airstrike hit a theater killing 600 people.
“It was such a great feeling of relief. It sounds like such ordinary words, and I don’t even know what to say,” said her husband, Vadim Puzanov.
On Friday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy confirmed that the doctor was at home, adding that work would continue to “free everyone”.
Russian gas producer Gazprom said its gas supply to Europe via Ukraine through the Sudzha entry point fell to 41.4 million cubic meters on Saturday from 41.9 million cubic meters on Friday. .
Reuters reported that Gazprom said a request for gas supplies through another major entry point, Sokhranovka, had been rejected by Ukraine.
Russia has likely renewed efforts to advance south of the eastern Ukrainian town of Izium in the past 48 hours, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said.
Russia’s aim was to push deeper into the Donetsk region and envelop the pocket around the besieged city of Sievierodonetsk from the north, it said on Twitter on Saturday.
Reuters reported that the ministry added that if the trapped Ukrainian civilians did not accept an offer to leave through a corridor, Russia would be likely to justify itself by making less distinction between them and any Ukrainian military targets in the area.
Hello and welcome to our continuing coverage of the war in Ukraine. It is approaching 10 am in Kyiv and these are the latest developments.
- Ukrainian paramedic released from Russian captivityUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced on Saturday. He said Ukraine succeeded in securing the release of Yulia Payevska, a civilian paramedic who was captured by Russian forces in Mariupol on March 16.
- Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, tweeted that the bravery of the Ukrainians had created the opportunity for Europe to “create a new history of freedom, and finally remove the gray area in Eastern Europe between the EU and Russia”. In his nightly video address, Zelensky hailed Brussels’ support for Ukraine’s candidacy for membership of the European Union as a “historic achievement”.
- The Russian President, Vladimir Putin says Moscow has ‘nothing against’ Ukraine’s EU membership. He said on Friday after the European Commission recommended granting Kyiv candidate status from the 27-member bloc: “It’s their sovereign decision whether or not to join the economic unions… It’s their business, the ‘business of the Ukrainian people’.
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said it was “absolutely necessary” for leaders to speak directly with Putin to try to end the war. “I will continue to do so, just like the French president,” Scholz told German news agency DPA on Friday.
- Four civilians died and six were injured Friday in a Russian bombardment in the Donetsk region of the Donbass, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Telegram.
- Dozens of Ukrainian civilians carried out military exercises on Friday in fortified positions left by Russian troops in Buchaa city synonymous with war crimes attributed to the forces of Moscow.
- Lithuania announced to the Russian region of Kaliningrad that it would block the import and export of a large number of goods by rail because of Western sanctions, the regional governor said on Friday. The region is home to Russia’s Baltic Fleet and a deployment site for nuclear-capable Iskander missiles.
- Ukraine received a $733 million loan from Canada. Ukraine’s finance ministry said on Friday that the funds would be “directed to the state budget to finance priority spending – in particular, to ensure priority social and humanitarian spending.”
- The Biden administration’s plan to sell four large armable drones to Ukraine has been put on hold out of fear that its sophisticated surveillance equipment could fall into enemy hands, Reuters reported, citing two people familiar with the matter.
- Russian media reportedly showed footage of two American citizens captured in Ukraine. On Friday, the Izvestia newspaper showed footage of what it said was an interview with 27-year-old Andy Huynh. Russian channel RT also posted a photo of a man it identified as 39-year-old Alexander Drueke. Drueke’s mother, Lois Drueke, told the Guardian she believed the clip was genuine and it gave her “great hope”.
- On Friday, Republican U.S. senators questioned TikTok chief executive Shou Zi Chew over reports that the social media site allowed Russian state-approved media content. but banned other videos. TikTok said it looks forward to continuing to engage with members on these issues and answering their questions.
- A group of international investigators and experts visited war-torn areas near Kyivincluding a burned down school, as part of Ukraine’s ongoing investigation into alleged war crimes.
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