A Ukrainian nurse has reportedly been abducted from her own home and hanged outside a courthouse for rebuffing the occupiers in Russian-occupied Ukraine.
Disabled pediatric nurse Tetyana Mudryenko, 56, and her husband Anatoly Orekhov, 69, were reportedly abducted on Oct. 7 from their front yard in the occupied coastal town of Skadovsk, Ukraine’s Kherson region.
While strolling along the coast in the spring, Mrs. Mudryenko and her sister encountered a group of Russian soldiers wearing balaclavas – and confronted them with the question, ‘Why are you here? Do you want to shoot me?’
Eyewitness accounts say that in early October, Ms Mudryenko criticized Ukrainian police officers who worked with Russians. The Financial times reported that she shouted, ‘Skadovsk is Ukraine!’
She was then dragged onto the streets by pro-Moscow authorities and hanged on October 15 for public execution.
Ukrainian nurse Tetyana Mudryenko (pictured), 56, has reportedly been kidnapped and hanged for reprimanding the Russian occupying forces
A nurse inspects a damaged medical center near the frontline, in Ukraine’s Kherson region
Her official cause of death was registered by the medical examiner as ‘mechanical asphyxiation’.
Ms Mudryenko’s twin sister Natalia Chorna, 56, warned her not to antagonize Russian troops. “You can’t have your own opinion in occupied Skadovsk,” she said.
The sisters have attended demonstrations in Skadovsk since the Russian occupation in late February, chanting slogans and singing Ukrainian songs.
They demanded that Mayor Oleksandr Yakovlev, who was imprisoned, be released.
Ms Chorna said that during a protest, pro-Russian forces unexpectedly threw smoke grenades at the crowd and chased protesters for two blocks.
Ms Chorna learned that her sister, also known as Tanya, was missing from pro-Ukrainian members of the public, the Ukrainian non-governmental organization The Media Initiative for Human Rights reports.
Natalia Chorna later learned of her sister’s death when she was sent photos of her dead body in the morgue, along with the coroner’s report stating that she died of asphyxiation.
It has also been reported that Ms Mudryenko’s home has been searched by Russian troops who stole her and her husband’s car and bicycles.
Natalia wrote a post on a social network: “This is my twin sister, she and her husband were held in the Skadovsk pre-trial detention center for two days, the man was beaten, the house was searched, a car and two bicycles were taken.
‘She said ‘Skadovsk is Ukraine’. You can’t have your own opinion in Skadovsk.’
Ukrainian protesters against the Russian occupation of Skadovsk, in the Kherson . region
During the protests, the Russians dispersed the residents with smoke grenades
A few days later, in another group, the message ‘A woman was brought in with strangulation’ appeared.
“The contributor’s name has been cleared. I called the occupied police, they replied that they knew my name and threatened to wait for me. I panicked, started calling friends who once worked in the police force,” she continues.
Initially, the occupiers denied the information about Tetyana’s death by telephone, but on October 15 they confirmed it. Natalie was sent the photo in question from the local morgue.
“A local resident told me that Tetyana was allegedly hanged in front of the courthouse by police officers,” Natalya said.
“People say that the sister’s phrase ‘Skadovsk is Ukraine’ could be the reason, and the local internet community wrote that at the time Tetyana and Anatoliy were detained in the station.”
Ms Mudryenko’s husband, Mr Oryekhov, was also reportedly released from captivity on October 18 with a broken arm, but his whereabouts are currently unknown.
Ukraine’s state security service, the SBU, said via Telegram on October 14 that there had been multiple “cases of murder and torture of local residents during the temporary occupation” of the Kherson region.