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    Thousands of Ukrainians Live in Agony and Uncertainty as They Search for Their Missing Loved Ones

    Thousands of Ukrainians Live in Agony and Uncertainty as They Search for Their Missing Loved Ones

    , — Iryna Reva stares at her phone, replaying the last video her 25-year-old son Vladyslav sent her from the front line before the volunteer soldier disappeared 19 months ago in a battle with Russian forces in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region.

    Reva is one of the thousands of Ukrainians desperately seeking news of loved ones who have disappeared in the two years since 's full-scale invasion began. According to Ukraine's National Police, more than 30,000 people have been reported missing in the last 24 months.

    “Up to this day, I am searching for my son,” Reva said. “He is alive to me. Regardless of the circumstances, there is no evidence that he has perished.”

    The last time Reva spoke to her son, she begged him not to take part in a battle the next morning. “Don't go, say your arm hurts,” she told him over the phone.

    “Mom, I'm sorry. I love you very much,” Vladyslav replied. “I'm going into battle. I don't know if I'll be back.

    “I'll be out of touch. Pray,” were his last words to her.

    The missing include soldiers like Vladyslav lost on the battlefield, but also civilians and children who have vanished in a variety of circumstances. For many relatives, the agonizing uncertainty and relentless search for answers has already gone on for two years with no end in sight.

    Inna Usenko left her hometown of Mariupol on a business trip the day before the war began in 2022. She lost contact…

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