Russians took doctors and wounded prisoners in Mariupol – an interview with a relative of a military medic

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The Russians took doctors and the wounded into captivity in Mariupol, – an interview with a relative of a military medic

Andrey Krivtsov said that the 555th military hospital was in captivity/Collage of the 24 channel site< p _ngcontent-sc90="" class="news-annotation">Yuri Krivtsov, together with his wife Elena, are military doctors and were assigned to Mariupol. Now many doctors are in Russian captivity. Until now, there has been no contact with some.

One of these is Elena. About how the woman saved people, refused to leave the wounded and evacuate from Mariupol and subsequently ended up in enemy captivity – the elder brother of Yuri, Andrey, told the journalists of the 24 channel website.

Lieutenant of the medical service Elenawas in the 555th military hospital located in the city of Maripol. Around March 15, an air bomb was dropped there – the building was destroyed, and the remaining doctors were divided into two parts and continued their work.

One of them joined the Ukrainian military who were at Azovstal, the other – to those who were in Mariupol metallurgical plant named after Ilyich in the 36th Marine Brigade. To date, it is known that Elena, along with other doctors, are in Russian captivity. There was no connection with her.

“There was a chance to get out by detours, but she stayed there”

Elena is now in Russian captivity. Tell us about her.

Elena is an excellent doctor, this is a good thing, as they say, her. She devoted herself completely to saving people. After the city was under siege and the hospital was destroyed, there was a chance to get out of the city by bypass paths. But she stayed there.

Said she couldn't leave her wounded because she was responsible for them. This was one of the last messages we received from her.

First, the General Staff told me that she was sent to Donetsk. But then there was information that she ended up in SIZO No. 2 in the city of Taganrog. Unfortunately, we have not heard from her, although more than two months have passed.

The Russians took doctors and the wounded into captivity in Mariupol, – an interview with a relative of a military medic

Lieutenant of the medical service Elena could leave Mariupol, but did not do it/Photo from the personal archive of Andrey Krivtsov

How did you know that she was in captivity?

My brother and I learned that Elena was captured on April 12 from the family of another captive, who was allowed to call home. So, as of June 21, not a single institution notified us that Elena was in captivity. Neither my brother, nor her husband, nor Elena's mother. No official notice.

Russians took doctors and wounded prisoners in Mariupol, – an interview with a relative of a military medic

Elena, photo from captivity/Photo provided by Andrey Krivtsov

How did military hospital 555 in Mariupol work during the defense of the city?

After the beginning of the invasion of Mariupol, military hospital 555 was left in the city, it was not taken out. Until mid-March, the hospital worked as usual. Medical and nursing teams were seconded to various city hospitals to ensure the rapid provision of a full-fledged medical road.

In addition, the number of wounded and injured was already so high that the capacity of the hospitals was not up to par. During the defense, doctors continued to work, saving people. I know stories when at night, under cover of darkness, they went to the city to look for the wounded.

Russians captured doctors and wounded in Mariupol, – interview with a relative of a military medic

Destroyed Mariupol/Photo Telegram -channel “Mariupol now”

“There were almost no structures at the Ilyich Plant that could be used as defense”

There were no operating theaters at Ilyich's plant. The operating room of the Mariupol city hospital No. 1, not far from the plant, was used. On April 12, one of the soldiers told his wife that there were many brigades here, at the Ilyich plant. On April 3, he was captured by the 503rd Marine Battalion (part of the 36th Brigade). And by April 12, everyone else was captured. That's all I could gather from the testimony.

My brother and I received word on April 12 that the soldiers from the factory would most likely be taken prisoner. Unlike Azovstal (which was like a real bunker), Ilyich's plant had almost no structures that could be used as protective ones. By the evening of April 12, we received another piece of news that the 36th brigade had been taken prisoner, and so were the doctors who were under their protection.

Russians captured doctors and wounded in Mariupol, – an interview with a relative of a military medic

Mariupol Ilyich Iron and Steel Works, 2019/Photo by Eldar Sarakhmanov, Unitary Enterprise their exchange (this is according to several prisoners who were allowed to call home). April 14 received more information. That there was a big mess at the factory. In addition, they had many wounded. People left without command were captured.

How many doctors out of 555 military hospitals are now in captivity?

It's hard to say, the data is hidden. From the very hospital from Ilyich's factory, I definitely saw lists of about 25 doctors. Approximately the same number of hospital workers from Azovstal hit. But this is if we talk only about doctors from the 555th hospital. There are also paramedical personnel (nurses), medical transport drivers, people who belonged to the medical unit (communications and others).

In addition, there were also military doctors at the Ilyich plant who came from other units. So, for example, the captain of the medical service Klochikhin Konstantin Mikhailovich. He was in the National Guard of Ukraine. The “remains” of their detachment came to the plant. There was also a civilian doctor Doroshenko Sergey Vladimirovich at the plant, who on February 25 signed up as a doctor in the terrorist defense. There were also doctors from the 36th brigade.

Besides, there were also people who flew in helicopters to help when the city was under siege. This, for example, is Yurik Mkrtchyan, lieutenant of the medical service, an anesthetist from the Dnieper hospital.

Where are the doctors now, if this is known?

After the capture, the doctors were divided into two groups – one went to Donetsk, the other to Taganrog. There was no further information. At the General Staff, where I called on April 21, they said that from Donetsk they were assigned to four hospitals. Two are located in Donetsk itself, two are somewhere in the region. In Taganrog, in the Rostov region, two people were allegedly sent to a pre-trial detention center.

Then a video clip was published on the telegram channel like Olenivka, in the Donetsk region, that there are also some doctors there. Vladimir Shapkov and Yurik Mkrtchyan were identified on the video.

Pay attention! All data about Ukrainians was made public only at the request and consent of relatives.

Medics who are now in captivity/Photos provided by Andriy Kryvtsov:

Russians captured doctors and wounded in Mariupol, – an interview with a relative of a military medic

Russians captured doctors and wounded in Mariupol, &ndash ; interview with a relative of a military medic

Russians captured doctors and wounded in Mariupol, – an interview with a relative of a military medic

The Russians took the doctors and the wounded into captivity in Mariupol, &ndash ; interview with a relative of a military medic

The Russians took doctors and the wounded into captivity in Mariupol, – an interview with a relative of a military medic

Russians captured doctors and wounded in Mariupol, – an interview with a relative of a military medic

Russians captured doctors and wounded in Mariupol, &ndash ; interview with a relative of a military medic

The Russians took doctors and the wounded into captivity in Mariupol, – an interview with a relative of a military medic

Is it known how many died?

Unfortunately, I don't have such information. The only thing I know is that the doctors who were captured from the factory at that time were all alive.

“In captivity there are wounded and doctors treating them”

What is known about the patients from this hospital?

The doctors did not leave the wounded, they took them with them. When the plant was seized, there were also many wounded there. Unfortunately, their fate is currently unknown.

Did the doctors from captivity contact their relatives? And what did they say?

Yes, some contacted relatives. One of them even managed to send a letter home.

Russians captured doctors and wounded in Mariupol, – an interview with a relative of a military medic

Letter published by Ekaterina Mkrtchyan – Yurika's sisters/Photo from Ekaterina's Instagram

People (those who were on the territory of the pseudo-republic in the Donetsk region) were allowed to call home on camera. They said pretty much the same thing. They asked to save those they are treating. They asked to spread information about them in the media so that the whole world knows it. That there are wounded and doctors treating them in captivity. What to exchange |

Have you contacted the International Red Cross and other agencies?

Oh sure. All families turned to the Red Cross. But, unfortunately, there is no result. From what I know, international organizations are not allowed to visit doctors who are in the occupied territory in the Donetsk region. We are not talking about those who are on the territory of Russia – they do not admit that they support our doctors.

Before the exchange of people, the Russian side and our side should recognize them as prisoners. I understand that Russia does not want to admit that it violates international conventions, that doctors should not be carried away. I understand that only through the dissemination of information about the prisoners, we will be able to force Russia to recognize our prisoners.

If the whole world knows about it, they will not be able to hide them. But we had another problem. That is probably why this information campaign started.

What kind of responses did you get?

After we received the information that she was a prisoner, we waited. But there was complete silence. And we decided to start contacting institutions. On April 21, I found the number of the prisoner search department at the General Staff. Calling there, they took information about Elena from me. They said yes, the hospital is in captivity and the prisoners are sent to Donetsk, and he too.

They advised me to contact the military registration and enlistment office to receive a notice of captivity. However, after we went to the military registration and enlistment office, we were “asked” from there. Because they do not seem to deal with military prisoners, and if a person is captured, then go to the police, write a statement.

The police accepted our application, they said they would open a case, they would call, as soon as the news followed. Until now, however, they have not yet called, not once after the opening. Elena's mother was called to the police to provide DNA.

“Because of this silence, the name “invisible captives” appeared”

On April 22, they wrote to me in the Telegram messenger from the General Staff, they said that Elena was confirmed in the lists of prisoners and added to the exchange lists. In addition, I was still able to get through to the SBU. They also accepted a statement there, they said that yes, Elena was confirmed on the lists and her data was sent to Irina Vereshchuk in Kyiv, that she would add her to the lists in exchange. It's amazing – they added or will add it, but I didn't pay attention to it right away.

Elena's mother went to the military registration and enlistment office at her place of residence, where they already accepted an application from her asking for information about where her daughter was. In addition, she wrote the same statement to the SBU. We provided more information to the NIB (National Information Bureau for the Search for Prisoners – Channel 24), the UN, the Red Cross and other institutions. They went to the military prosecutor's office, they answered that it was not for them.

Based on what they said at the General Staff and the SBU, everything was almost fine. Until Elena's mother received a letter from the SBU. Official, with a seal, by the way, the only document we have from institutions is the answer to her request.

Russians captured doctors and wounded in Mariupol, – an interview with a relative of a military medic

Answer to a request/Photo provided by Andrey Krivtsov

It said that, as of May 17, they had no information about Elena and her whereabouts. We started calling NIB. They said that they don’t know anything about Elena at all, and the only thing that is there is my statement that, according to me, she was captured. That is, a serviceman has been there for a month and a half, but they don’t know anything about it. So far, there has been no response from the military enlistment office to the request.

When we tried to find the number of the military unit and talk to the command, there was also a problem. I was not provided with any contacts on the APU hotline, how can I contact the unit.

Russians took doctors and the wounded into captivity in Mariupol, – an interview with a relative of a military medic

Andrey Krivtsov/Photo from on the man's facebook

Elena's mother at the military registration and enlistment office was given a mobile phone number, where they said that yes, Elena was in captivity. That they sent a response to a request from the military registration and enlistment office, but, apparently, it got lost somewhere.

We turned to Irina Vereshchuk, her assistant answered. She also said that according to the information from the NIB, she was in captivity. When asked where you can get an official document about this, she ignored me and stopped communicating further. After that, I immediately called the NIB again, where they answered that there was no more information about her. It is because of this silence that the name “prisoners of the invisible” appeared. Because they seem to be there, but according to the lists they are not.

What do other relatives of the captured doctors say?

I found out that many people have the same problem. They began to collect people, the stories of their loved ones. Here we ran into another problem. People are asked to be silent.

That is, there is such a request from officials: “If you say something about the prisoners, then it will only get worse for them. If you tell something about them, they will become known, for more people will ask for them and we will not be able to exchange them. If you say that a person is a prisoner, you will disrupt the exchange.”

I talked to people with another girl, also a relative of the captive. Only five agreed to speak. The rest are afraid that it will be worse for their loved ones.

After the post, many people responded, many spread it. I called the NIB again – and they told me that yes, Elena was officially recognized by our side as a prisoner. A few more people from the post also called yesterday – and their loved ones were also recognized.

That is, distribution has already helped. We turned to the Legal Hundred, they helped us write a written appeal to Vereshchuk in order to receive official confirmation based on information from the NIB that our side recognized them as prisoners. Now we are waiting for a response.

But all this happened only because we have a lot of caring people who helped us. All of us, relatives of the prisoners, are very grateful to those who responded and helped us. Why is official recognition important? A person will not be forgotten, he will not disappear from any lists. Unfortunately, this has already happened – since 2014 there have been many terrible situations with prisoners.

Important! The Channel 24 website turned to the National Information Bureau for comment. “Data and information of this kind is hypersensitive, so disclosure or commenting on it could damage the process of negotiations on the exchange of prisoners of war and the release of civilians,” the NIB stressed.

In addition, the Channel 24 website is awaiting a response from the SBU, Irina Vereshchuk, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, in particular, from the Joint Center for the Search and Release of Prisoners, the Bureau of the Central Tracing Agency of the ICRC.

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