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USDOS gives legendary paramedic Taira an International Women of Courage Award

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March 8,2023 1142
USDOS gives legendary paramedic Taira an International Women of Courage Award

Today, Yuliia “Taira” Paievska, the unbreakable Ukrainian defender rescued from Russian captivity, will receive the U.S. Secretary of State’s 2023 International Women of Courage Award, the Department of State announced.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and First Lady Jill Biden will host the award ceremony at the White House honor a group of 11 extraordinary women from around the world who are working to build a brighter future for all.

“Yuliia ‘Taira’ Paievska has demonstrated extraordinary moral and physical courage in defending Ukraine against relentless Russian aggression. She provided medical treatment to Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity protestors in 2013, and as head of Taira’s Angels, a volunteer unit of paramedics, she provided tactical medical training on the Donbas front lines from 2014 to 2018. Mrs. Paievska is best known for her work secretly filming and smuggling out videos documenting atrocities committed by Russia’s forces in Mariupol,” the USDOS said, presenting the awardees.

The ceremony, scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. EST, will be live streamed on whitehouse.gov/live and state.gov.

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