WAR CRIMES IN UKRAINE – The Missing

WAR CRIMES IN UKRAINE – The Missing

WAR CRIMES IN UKRAINE – The Missing

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Ukrainian woman Natalia Kulakivska is seeking answers on where her missing husband, brother-in-law and nephew are after their capture by Russian forces. They are some of the approximately 9000 Ukrainian civilians reported as missing. Some, like Boris Popov, are returned after months of forcible detention as a part of prisoner exchanges. It is a war crime to inflict torture or inhumane treatment, wilfully cause great suffering, or serious injury to body or health and unlawfully deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement against persons, according to the Geneva Convention.

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Natalia Kulakivska at her home in Bucha, where she waits for news of her missing husband Yevhen Kulakivskiy. Yevhen, his brother-in-law Serhiy and nephew Vladyslav, all civilians, were captured, tortured and interrogated by Russian soldiers. According to a fellow civilian prisoner Boris Popov who was with them, while they were being transported Vladyslav tried to escape and was killed by Russian soldiers. Yevhen and Serhiy were transported through Belarus to Russia. Natalia has not received any official confirmation that her husband is being held prisoner in Russia.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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Yevhen Kulakivskiy (left) with his wife Natalia Kulakivska and relatives. Natalia is still waiting for news of her missing husband.

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Serhiy (left) was captured by Russian soldiers in Bucha and taken to Hostomel, where he was beaten and interrogated. Serhiy, along with his brother-in-law Yevhen and stepson Vladyslav, were captured by Russian soldiers within days of one another. The Russian Red Cross has acknowledged they have Serhiy in a prison in Russia, but have not informed the family of the whereabouts of Yevhen or Vladyslav.

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Vladyslav Bondarenko (centre) with his aunt Natalia Kulakivska (left). Vladyslav was captured by Russian soldiers in Bucha and taken to Hostomel, where he was beaten and interrogated. It is believed that while being transported Vladyslav tried to escape and was killed by Russian soldiers.

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Natalia Kulakivska at her home in Bucha, where she waits for news of her missing husband Yevhen Kulakivskiy. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A man is dwarfed by the ruins of a building impacted by Russian shelling and missiles in Bucha.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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Natalia Popov embraces her husband Boris, a tradesman in their home in Vorzel. Boris was detained by Russian soldiers on March 5 while collecting water and was unlawfully detained, tortured, and witnessed the torture and death of others. After being transferred through Belarus to a Russian prison where he remained for nearly two months, he was released as part of a prisoner exchange. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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The remains of a factory destroyed by shelling in Bucha, Ukraine. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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Boris Popov describes how he was tortured in a stress position by Russians, as his wife Natalia listens to his story in their home in Vorzel.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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Flowers mark the location at an office building at 144 Yablunska Street, Bucha, where Russian paratroopers executed a group of eight men on March 4.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A wall of destroyed vehicles on the edge of a forest on a road from Kyiv to Bucha. More than 1300 civilians in Bucha and surrounding areas were killed by Russian soldiers when they occupied the town 30 kilometres north-west of Kyiv.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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In Bucha, a woman and child stand in front one of the many buildings damaged by shelling and missiles from Russian forces. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A boy passes ruined buildings in Bucha after heavy Russian shelling and missiles. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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A man walks past the entrance to Bucha’s St Andrew’s church, the site of the mass grave of civilians killed by Russian soldiers when they occupied the town.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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Father Andriy Halavin of St Andrew’s church, Bucha, pays respect at the memorial and not-yet-inscribed plaque at the mass grave of civilians killed by Russian soldiers.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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Nadiya Kuksenko, 65, who runs the St Andrew’s Church shop in Bucha, weeps as she talks of the pain they have suffered. For Nadiya, the hardest part now is collecting the prayer messages residents write at the church, as she takes on the pain of each prayer.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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An abandoned Russian position in a landmined forest in Vorzel where Boris Popov and other civilians were detained by Russian soldiers. It was in this forest that Boris witnessed a colonel being tortured, and he himself was first beaten and interrogated.Credit:Kate Geraghty

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Boris Popov points to a wooden stake that marks the grave of a colonel in a landmined forest near their home in Vorzel. It was in this forest that Boris witnessed the colonel being tortured and killed. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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The Ukrainian flag flies above graves at the new cemetery in Bucha, 30 kilometres north-west of Kyiv. More than 1300 civilians in Bucha and surrounding areas were killed by Russian soldiers when they occupied the town from March 4 to March 31. Credit:Kate Geraghty

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