A Ukrainian mother has her two-year-old daughter’s contact details written on her back in case her family is killed by Russian soldiers in the latest heartbreaking image to emerge from the war.
Sasha Makoviy shared the image of her daughter Vira with her birthday and phone numbers scribbled in pen on her body.
She said on Instagram: “I signed Vira in case something happened to us, and someone would come get her as a survivor.”
A Ukrainian mother has her two-year-old daughter’s contact details written on her back in case her family is killed by Russian soldiers
Sasha shared a second image of a handwritten contact card placed in Vira’s jacket, showing her name, parents’ names and their phone numbers
The mother explained that she wrote the message on the first day of the war because she could hear explosions echoing around her.
She said the family had now found safety, but wanted to show the horrors of war as Putin’s forces continued 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 my hands shaking a lot. But why tell you?
“You already know what it’s like to wake up to the deafening and powerful sound of explosions that can be heard tens of kilometers away. I shivered for the first few hours like you.
‘Then an even crazier thought crossed my mind: ‘Why didn’t I tattoo her with this information?’
Pictured: Residents carry a coffin on a wheelbarrow as the city was hit by shelling in the small town of Borodyanka near kyiv
Sasha shared a second image of a handwritten contact card placed in Vira’s jacket, showing her name, parents’ names and their phone numbers, in case they part ways.
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 now with him in England, the newspaper is still with him.
Others said they sewed contact information into their children’s clothes and made them bracelets with emergency details.
It comes as evidence of barbaric Russian war crimes continues to mount, with satellite images showing piles of civilian bodies massacred in Bucha and horrifying stories of rape and abuse.
A grandmother living in the town of Irpin, 21 km north of kyiv, said she saw several soldiers raping a mother and her 15-year-old daughter.
Labeling Russian soldiers as ‘animals’, Anna Schevchenko (pictured), 63, accused the Kremlin of war crimes and told MailOnline: ‘You wouldn’t believe what we went through there’
Calling Russian soldiers ‘animals’, Anna Schevchenko, 63, accused the Kremlin of war crimes and told MailOnline: ‘You wouldn’t believe what we went through there.
“The Russians were animals. They shot people who tried to flee and left them in the street.
“Drunk Russians broke down cellar doors and took women out and raped them. A girl barely 15 years old was raped with her mother by several soldiers.
‘They are animals. I hate them. One of my neighbors was shot in the back of the neck by the Russians when he shot a stray dog to eat it because we were so hungry.
“But they looked at his hands and thought he shot them so they killed him when he was an old man.”
Footage taken in the suburban town on the outskirts of kyiv on March 19 shows dark objects strewn along a road – which match the exact positions where the corpses of decomposing civilians were found by Ukrainian soldiers who took over the area to Russian forces this weekend.
Broken: A visibly moved President Volodymyr Zelensky stood still as he surveyed the scene of utter devastation he encountered in the town of Bucha yesterday, with dozens of bodies shot at point-blank range in the streets empty
Russian forces controlled the city at the time, strongly suggesting that it was Putin’s men – not those from kyiv – who carried out the killings, despite Kremlin claims that the photos were scenes.
kyiv 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 called “genocide”.
Officials have warned that the massacre of hundreds of civilians may 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 other areas nearby may have seen worse atrocities and Bucha may be just the start.
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova told Ukrainian TV that a “similar humanitarian situation” to Bucha exists in other parts of the country where Russian forces have recently moved, such as areas around the northern cities of Sumy and Chernihiv. .
A satellite image taken of a street in the town of Bucha on March 19 – when Russian forces had full control of the town – shows dark objects in the road that match exactly where civilian corpses were later discovered by Ukrainian troops
She also said the situation in Borodyanka, which is further from kyiv and was also held by Russian forces until recently, could be even worse.
Venediktova did not elaborate on what exactly happened at Borodyanka, but said “the worst situation in terms of casualties” is there.
It comes as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Romania’s parliament on Monday evening in a video call in which the leader said that if Ukraine had not fought back, Russia would have committed atrocities like the one of Bucha “all over Ukraine”.
Zelenskyy, who was visibly moved when he traveled to the town of Bucha on Monday to view alleged crimes by Russian forces against Ukrainian civilians, shared eerie video footage during his speech that showed areas littered with corpses.
“The army tortured people and we have every reason to believe that there are many more people 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, mainly economic” and said the fate of the region will be decided by the outcome of the war in Ukraine.
Ahead of the Ukrainian leader’s speech, the Speaker of Romania’s Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, said that the past few days “have shown us horrific images that have shocked and revolted us all”.
“I support a speedy investigation by the International Criminal Court,” Ciolacu said.