Ukrainian mother writes contact details on her child’s back in case her family is killed
A Ukrainian mother has written her two-year-old daughter’s contact details on her back in case her family was killed by Russian soldiers.
Sasha Makoviy shared the picture of her daughter Vira with her birthday and phone numbers scribbled on her body with a pen.
She said on Instagram: “I signed Vira in case something happened to us, and someone would pick her up as a survivor.”
A Ukrainian mother has written her two-year-old daughter’s contact details on her back in case her family was killed by Russian soldiers
Sasha shared a second image of a handwritten business card in Vira’s jacket, showing her name, her parents’ name and their phone numbers.
The mother explained that she had written the message on the first day of the war when she could hear explosions around her.
She said the family has now found safety, but she wants to show the horrors of the war as Putin’s forces continue to target civilians and children.
Sasha wrote in her Instagram post: ‘In the photo Vira is back on the first day of the war. I signed it with very trembling hands. But why are you telling it?
‘You already know what it’s like to wake up to the deafening and powerful sounds of explosions that can be heard tens of miles away. I was shaking just like you for the first few hours.
“Then an even crazier thought flashed through my mind: ‘Why didn’t I tattoo her with this information?'”
Pictured: Locals carry a coffin on a wheelbarrow when shelling hit the town in the small town of Borodyanka near Kiev
Sasha shared a second image of a handwritten business card in Vira’s jacket, showing her name, her parents’ names, and their phone numbers, in case they split up.
Others shared similar stories, with one person writing: ‘On the first day of the war, I did the same for my three-year-old son.
“And although we are with him now in England, the newspaper is always with him.”
Others said they stitched contact details into their children’s clothing and made them bracelets with emergency information.
It comes as evidence of barbaric Russian war crimes continues to mount, with satellite images showing piles of civilian bodies slaughtered in Bucha and horrific tales of rape and abuse.
A grandmother who lives in the town of Irpin, 13 miles north of Kiev, said she saw several soldiers raping a mother and her 15-year-old daughter.
Anna Schevchenko (pictured), 63, labeled the Russian soldiers ‘animals’, accused the Kremlin of war crimes and told MailOnline: ‘You wouldn’t believe what we went through there’
Anna Schevchenko, 63, labeled the Russian soldiers ‘animals’, accused the Kremlin of war crimes and told MailOnline: ‘You wouldn’t believe what we went through there.
“The Russians were beasts. They shot people trying to escape and left them in the street.
“Drunk Russians kicked in cellar doors, dragged women out and raped them. A 15-year-old girl and her mother were raped by several soldiers.
‘They are animals. I hate them. One of my neighbors was shot in the back of the head by the Russians when he shot a stray dog to eat because we were so hungry.
“But they looked at his hands and thought he shot them, so they killed him despite being an old man.”
Photos taken on March 19 in the commuter town on the outskirts of Kiev show dark objects strewn along a road — exactly matching the positions where the rotting corpses of civilians were found by Ukrainian soldiers entering the area. recaptured the weekend from Russian troops.
Broken: A visibly emotional President Volodymyr Zelensky stood motionless yesterday as he surveyed the scene of utter devastation he found in the city of Bucha, with dozens of bodies shot at close range on the empty streets
Russian forces were in control of the city at the time, strongly suggesting that it was Putin’s men — not Kiev’s — who carried out the killings, despite the Kremlin claiming the photos were stages.
Kiev now says at least 410 civilians were massacred in and around Bucha by the Russians, while others were tortured and raped in what President Volodymyr Zelensky has described as “genocide.”
Officials have warned that the massacre of hundreds of civilians could be just the “tip of the iceberg.”
A growing number of world leaders have expressed outrage and called for tougher sanctions against Moscow.
But Ukrainian officials have warned that other areas nearby may have experienced worse atrocities and that Bucha could be just the beginning.
Ukrainian Attorney General Iryna Venediktova told Ukrainian TV that a “similar humanitarian situation” to Bucha exists in other parts of the country where Russian troops have recently left, such as the areas around the northern cities of Sumy and Chernihiv.
A satellite image taken on March 19 of a street in the town of Bucha – when Russian forces took full control of the city – shows dark objects in the road that correspond exactly to where civilian bodies were later discovered by Ukrainian forces
She also said the situation in Borodyanka, which is further from Kiev and until recently also in the hands of Russian troops, may be even worse.
Venediktova did not specify what exactly happened in Borodyanka, but said “the worst situation in terms of the victims” is there.
It comes as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the Romanian parliament on Monday evening in a video call in which the leader said that if Ukraine had not defended itself, Russia would have committed atrocities like Bucha’s “all over Ukraine.”
Zelenskyy, who was visibly moved when he visited the city of Bucha on Monday to see the alleged crimes committed by Russian troops against Ukrainian civilians, shared stark video footage during his speech that showed areas littered with corpses.
“The military has tortured people and we have every reason to believe that many more people have been killed,” Zelenskyy said. “Much more than we know now.”
The Ukrainian leader also called for tougher sanctions, saying “Russia must be deprived of all resources, especially economic ones” and saying the fate of the region will be determined by the outcome of the war in Ukraine.
Ahead of the Ukrainian leader’s speech, the president of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, said the past few days have “showed us terrible images that have overwhelmed and revolted us all”.
“I support a swift investigation by the International Criminal Court,” Ciolacu said.