Two wives and a girlfriend of Ukrainian troops captured by Russian forces or unaccounted for after defending the Azovstal manufacturing unit in a prolonged siege instructed CNN they’d little or no details about the whereabouts of their family members.
“I’ve not been in contact with my husband or acquired any details about him currently,” stated Anna Ivleva, the spouse of Anton, a marine who was significantly wounded in Azovstal. “The final time we spoke was on April 13. After which his brothers-in-arms would ship me texts that he was nonetheless alive.”
Ivleva stated Ukrainian authorities officers had been in contact however added that there was “no info” on the place Azovstal fighters have been being stored and beneath what circumstances. She is holding out hope her husband is alive, even when in captivity.
“All of us — households, wives and moms of the marines, are sticking to one another, we’re at all times in contact with one another 24/7,” she stated. “We at all times change any out there information, we’re like a household.”
The besieged Ukrainian port metropolis of Mariupol fell beneath full Russian management earlier this month with the give up of Azovstal, the metropolis’s final bastion of Ukrainian protection. It’s unclear what number of Ukrainian troops at the moment are in Russian custody, however the Russian navy has claimed that over 2,000 Ukrainian servicemembers surrendered there. Russian state propaganda has demonized Azovstal defenders as “Nazis,” elevating critical considerations about how they might be handled in captivity.
A lady named Yana helped set up occasions in Kyiv in help of Azovstal fighters. Her boyfriend is a marine who was in Azovstal. She spoke on the situation of anonymity, citing safety considerations.
I’ve not heard from him or something about him,” she stated. “Final time we have been in contact was on Might 11.”
She stated the Ukrainian authorities had not supplied any info on the place her boyfriend could be.
“My boyfriend’s mom was contacted by the ICRC [the International Committee of the Red Cross], I can’t bear in mind when precisely,” she stated. “They solely instructed her he was alive, that’s it.”
The ICRC has been concerned in registering combatants leaving the Azovstal plant since Might 17 – partly to assist prisoners of struggle keep up a correspondence with their households. The group has been working in Ukraine since 2014, when the struggle in Ukraine’s Donbas area started.
One other spouse of an Azovstal defender, Tetiana, stated her husband managed to name her from an unknown quantity after the give up and stated a few of his comrades have been being held in a city in separatist-held Donetsk oblast. CNN agreed to not report her surname for a similar causes.
“His voice was calm and assured,” she stated. “He stated that the circumstances they have been being stored in have been OK. He stated it could be attainable in the long run that they’d be allowed to obtain some packages.”
Tetiana stated she spoke together with her husband for about 10 minutes, and that her husband stated that he would attempt to name once more.
“That is it, no extra calls or information,” she stated.