NV recalls what she is known for.
Athlete and President of the Aikido Federation
Yulia Paevskaya was born on December 19, 1968 in Kyiv. She graduated from the National University of Physical Education and Sports of Ukraine, has a fifth dan in aikido, heads the Mutokukai Aikido Federation of Ukraine and has taught aikido for over 20 years.
Until 2014, Paevskaya was a designer, engaged in ceramics, book graphics and advertising.
She won a gold medal in swimming and a bronze in archery at the Invictus Games. (Invictus Games) Ukraine 2018.
“The Invictus Games project – in my opinion, this is an ideal idea. I decided to take part in it in order to give impetus and inspiration to the wounded brothers by my example. Show that life does not end there. Yes, many people know me, that’s why I came to participate in order to support them to go forward, not to give up. So that when they watch the Games, my evacuees will join them next year. Perhaps this is how I can be useful to the country. In fact, our bodies have all sorts of limitations, but not the spirit. He is indestructible. This is exactly the slogan of the Games,” she said in an interview with ArmyInform in 2019.
Paramedic since Maidan
A 2018 Ukrayinska Pravda article about Paevskaya said that she learned how to apply tourniquets and make dressings from the first grade of school – from a school nurse who was a medical instructor during World War II.
“She was passionate about her work. Weekly took the children from the first to the last grade – and dressings, burning. Everything was very serious, ”said Tyra herself.
On December 1, 2013, she became a doctor on the Maidan. And in March 2014, a friend called her on the phone and asked her to become a trainer in tactical medicine.
Already in April 2014, she came to the Donbass as a doctor, realized that she was needed there more, and decided to stay.
Paevskaya led a group of doctors called the Angels of Taira. In 2018, UP wrote that they had saved about 400 lives on their account.
The publication reported that during the four years of the war “angels Taira” became almost a hundred people who worked for free, the unit as of 2018 was funded by philanthropists.
“We also take care of civilians in the conflict zone. We take them sometimes very heavy to hospitals, because ambulances do not go there, but someone has to do it. Military doctors are also gaining strength, already well done. I think they won’t need us soon. I’ll be glad. Maybe then I’ll go to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, ”said Paevskaya UP.
Her unit also rescued wounded militants.
“I also take care of them, I make sure that everything is perfect. I can’t say that I burn with love for the separatists, but when you cut off the clothes from the wounded, you just see a wounded man in need of help and screaming how hurt and bad he is. And it is also our exchange fund to keep them alive and exchange them for our prisoners, ”she explained.
As of November 2019, Taira has signed a contract with the APU. At that time, she said that the number of rescued by her unit was more than 500. Also at that time, she trained more than 8 thousand people in tactical medicine.
During one of the combat evacuations, Paevskaya received injuries to her hip joints.
“While loading a solidly built wounded man into the car, I clumsily turned around, fell and could not get up. I had to replace both hip joints. One titanium endoprosthesis was placed, and then the second one. Fulfilling the doctor’s orders, she was on crutches for two months, although she was already ready to jump off them earlier, ”she said.
Capture at the beginning of a full-scale war
After the start of a full-scale Russian invasion, Taira evacuated the wounded in Mariupol. On March 13, she posted the last message on her Facebook page before her captivity.
“Sorry for not making up, ”she signed her own photo.
On March 16, Paevskaya was taken prisoner in Mariupol.
“During these days, she helped hundreds of civilian wounded, because most of our ambulances were fired upon. Civilian reanimobiles in Mariupol could not go for the wounded, ”volunteer Oksana Korchinskaya told about Paevskaya after she was captured.
On June 8, Taira’s husband and daughter in the studio Vechir with Ukraine of the Ukraine channel said that they did not know anything about her.
“She has asthma, two prostheses in her pelvic joints, and the thyroid gland has also been removed, so she has to constantly take hormones. However, we doubt that she is being provided with the medical care she needs,” Taira’s daughter Anna-Sofia said.
Her husband added that propagandists portrayed Tyra as a monster on Russian television, with brutal murders and organ sales attributed to her.
While Tyra was in captivity, her daughter took part in the Invictus Games in her stead and won bronze in novice archery.
On May 20, the Associated Press released a video taken with Tyra’s chest cam in early March 2022.
In the video, Taira helps people and shows the consequences of the attacks of the invaders on Mariupol. There is also a fragment of how Russian invaders are taken prisoner. In response to the questions of local residents, whether the prisoners will be treated, she gives an affirmative answer.
Liberation of Taira
The release of Paevskaya on June 17 was announced in a traditional video message by President Volodymyr Zelensky
“Taira already home. And we will continue to work to release everyone,” he said.
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