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Ukrainian family hopes for father’s return from Russian captivity

Ukrainian family hopes for father’s return from Russian captivity

EVERY Sunday in Kyiv, two-year-old Tymofii carries a picture of his father at rallies organised by activists and family members to remind citizens of the thousands of Ukrainian soldiers being held as prisoners of war by Russia. Tymofii was not yet one when he last saw his father Denys Chumak, who was captured while fighting in the besieged southeastern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol in May 2022. "I am not alone," said his mother and Denys' wife Alisa, referring to the crowd of about 100 people. "On the one hand, this makes it easier but on the other, it's more…
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Ukrainian soldiers hold out in Mariupol, pope laments ‘Easter of War’

Ukrainian soldiers hold out in Mariupol, pope laments ‘Easter of War’

ALESSANDRA PRENTICE and NATALIA ZINETS UKRAINIAN soldiers resisted a Russian ultimatum to lay down arms in the pulverised port of Mariupol, which Moscow said its forces had almost completely seized in what would be its biggest prize of the nearly two-month war. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said troops in Mariupol were still fighting despite a Russian demand to surrender by dawn. "The city still has not fallen," he told ABC's "This Week" programme, adding that Ukrainian soldiers continue to control some parts of the city. Russia said on Saturday it had control of urban parts of the city, with…
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