Their loved ones are Ukrainian medics — and Russian prisoners of war: For the relatives of Ukrainian medics captured behind enemy lines, the war has brought a special kind of agony, The Post’s David Stern reports. Though international rules of warfare state that medics should not be treated as prisoners of war, some estimates suggest at least 150 of them were captured as Russian forces and their allies overtook parts of eastern Ukraine in recent months. Now, their families wait anxiously for news, hoping for a prisoner swap.
From Kyiv, Stern spoke to some of the families of captured medics from the 555th military hospital in Mariupol. The children of Ukrainian medic Olena Biiovska, 49, “ask me every day when their mother will come home,” Biiovska’s sister said.