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Vladislav Popovych

Vladislav Popovych

Date of abduction: March 02, 2022

Place of abduction: Bucha, Kyiv region

On March 2, 2022, then 29-year-old Vladyslav Popovych left the town of Bucha in the Kyiv region in the direction of the neighboring village of Myrotske. His father’s wife was in the car with him. They were carrying groceries for Vladyslav’s grandmother. At the time of the trip, neither Vladyslav nor his stepmother knew that the village was already occupied and that civilian houses had been occupied by Russian soldiers, including snipers who were shooting at cars. At the dam connecting the two parts of the village, one hit Popovych’s car. As a result of the hit, he was injured in the leg, and his wife was wounded in the jaw. The stepmother says that she and Vlad ran out of the car but lost each other as they ran in different directions.

Vladislav’s mother, Tetyana Popovych, managed to reconstruct the events of the next two days. Residents told her that they saw Vladyslav dirty and bleeding. They helped him wash, bandaged his leg, and gave him crutches. On March 5, he set off in search of an evacuation vehicle that was used to take civilians from the occupation to the territory controlled by Ukraine. No one heard from him after that.

The soldiers who returned from captivity as a result of the exchange said that in the spring of 2022, they heard the name and surname of Vladyslav Popovych in Russia in the Kursk detention center. Subsequently, Tetiana received a short letter from Vladyslav, transmitted through the ICRC channels. It contained only a few words: he is alive and being fed. There was no more information about him.


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