The Sunday Times artikkel om bror Taras
The Sunday Times har også skrevet om skjebnen til bror Taras. I en artikkel publisert i mars i år, mens familien enda hadde håp om at han skulle bli funnet i live, brukte man Taras skjebne til å sette søkelys på underrapporteringen av falne i krigen i Øst-Ukraina.
I artikkelen forklares også oppdraget Taras var på like før han forsvant.
A member of the country’s special forces, Captain Taras Ivanovich, 26, had been sent on a secret mission deep into territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists to rescue the pilot of a Ukrainian SU-25 jet fighter shot down near the town of Snizhne.
Yaroslav Zhilkin, en frivillig soldat i Øst-Ukraina forklarer situasjonen med underrapporteringen av de falne:
Zhilkin claims the Ukrainians are following Soviet tradition in disregarding fallen soldiers and downplaying losses. For instance, wounded fighters who die in hospital do not count as killed in action. His organisation was originally created to find Soviet soldiers such as his grandfather, who is one of 4.6m Red Army fighters missing since the end of the Second World War. “For you in the West it will be hard to understand, but here in the post-Soviet world the heroes who fell on the battlefield are considered to have done their duty — and their remains are of minor importance. But their relatives remain stuck in a horrible limbo.”
Videre forklarer Zhilkin den skjebnen Marina Karpa, kona til Taras, levde med den gangen i mars:
Karpa is suffering in that limbo — but she has not yet lost hope. “Our boy was only a couple of months old when Taras went to war, and now he is one,” she said. “I hope he will see his father one day.”
Den meste gripende delen av historien likevel Taras siste samtale med Marina:
The last time Marina Karpa spoke to her husband was when he called her on his mobile from a battlefield in east Ukraine on July 29 last year.
“I’ve been shot in the stomach. I’m bleeding . . . I think I’m going to die. I love you so much,” Taras muttered into his mobile phone, a gun-battle raging in the background. Then the line went dead.
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