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The border guard from Mariupol made a speech at the Peace Summit in Switzerland

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun21,2024

A border guard from Mariupol made a speech at the Peace Summit in Switzerland

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This year, on June 15-16, the Global Peace Summit took place near Lucerne in Switzerland. This is an international meeting of the leaders of the countries, which was prepared by Ukraine and Switzerland.

Ilya Ilyashenko, a border guard from Mariupol, nicknamed “Smurf”, who held the defense of Azovstal for 86 days and was captured by Russia, made a speech on the platform to the Peace Summit in Switzerland.

Sergeant of the coastal forces of the border service of Ukraine Ilyashenko was captured during the fighting in his native Mariupol and was held in three different camps.

A 21-year-old boy with the call sign Smurf was held for 10 months, and then returned for a prisoner exchange.

There is constant physical and psychological pressure in Russian captivity. They try to break your personality, you as a person. And they do it with effective methods, Ilya said.

He hopes that the outcome of the Peace Summit will improve the situation of his comrades who are still being held and whom he hopes to see again soon.

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We remind you that the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) has confirmed that since the beginning of December 2023, the Russian military has executed at least 15 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to surrender. Also, the Russian invaders probably executed six more soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who surrendered or had already surrendered.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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