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‘He simply inspired me to continue fighting,’ said volunteer paramedic Yulia Paievska about Prince Harry’s phone call after she was tortured by Russians during three-month captivity

‘He simply inspired me to continue fighting,’ said volunteer paramedic Yulia Paievska about Prince Harry’s phone call after she was tortured by Russians during three-month captivity

A Ukrainian medic who was tortured and held captive by Russian forces for three months says a phone call from Prince Harry after her release inspired her to “continue fighting” for her country. — reports Daily Mail.
Ms. Paievska, a member of Ukraine’s team for the Invictus Games, received a phone call from the Duke of Sussex one week after she was released by her captors. She said he spoke ‘strongly and sincerely’ about the conflict in Ukraine.

“He simply inspired me to continue to fight,” said Ms. Paievska. “He said that he supports Ukraine and all of us.”

Volunteer paramedic Yulia Paievska, 53, was kidnapped by Russian soldiers in March 2022 while she was heading to treat injured members of public after a bomb attack on a theatre in Mariupol.

According to Ms. Paievska, the Russian guards fed prisoners false information that Ukraine was losing the war and the rest of the world had failed to intervene, proving nothing more than ‘rusty weapons.’

In order to preserve her physical and mental health, she says she stuck to a daily regimen of ab crunches, yoga, and meditation to survive.
While she was detained, her 19-year-old daughter Anna-Sofia Puzanova competed in her place in archery at the Invictus Games, winning a bronze medal.
The young woman also raised her mother’s plight with the board of Invictus Games, which led to a phone call from Prince Harry upon her mother’s release.
Ms. Paievska added: “I am very grateful to Prince Harry because it was after the Invictus Games… that the Russians stopped interrogating and torturing me. I think spreading the word to the whole world influenced their decision to trade me in a prisoner exchange.”

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