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    Ukrainian Civilians Vanish and Languish in Russian-Run Jails

    Ukrainian Civilians Vanish and Languish in Russian-Run Jails

    , — Alina Kapatsyna often dreams about getting a phone call from her mother. In those visions, her mother tells her that she's coming home.

    Men in uniforms took 45-year-old Vita Hannych away from her house in eastern Ukraine in April. She never returned.

    Her family later learned that Hannych, who has long suffered from seizures because of a brain cyst, is in custody in the Russian-occupied part of the Donetsk region.

    Kapatsyna told The Associated Press that it remains unclear why her mother — ”a peaceful, civilian and sick person” who has never held a weapon — was detained.

    Hannych is one of many Ukrainian noncombatants being held by Russian forces for months following their invasion.

    Some are deemed to be prisoners of war, even though they never took part in the fighting. Others are in a sort of legal limbo — not facing any criminal charges or considered to be POWs. Ukrainian estimates of how many there are range from hundreds to many thousands.

    Hannych was wearing only a sweatsuit and slippers when she was seized by Russian forces occupying her village of Volodymyrivka several weeks into the Feb. 24 invasion. It is still under 's control.

    Her family initially thought she would come home shortly. Russian forces were known to detain people for two or three days for “filtration” and then release them, Kapatsyna said, and Hannych had no military or law enforcement…

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