As Mykola Kulichenko stumbled out of the Russian military jeep, his body aching from another beating after three days of torture and with a blindfold over his eyes, he realised that he was about to be executed.
Beside him stood his older brother Dmytro, 37, and Evheniy, the youngest in their close-knit family at 30. Like him, their legs were tied, their hands bound, their bodies battered and bruised.
And they could hear the sound of their grave being dug beneath the poplar trees near Vyshneve, a usually peaceful part of northern Ukraine close to the Belarus border.
The Russian soldiers did not say anything as the three terrified brothers stood there. There was a shot – and Mykola realised Evheniy had fallen to the ground.
As Mykola Kulichenko stumbled out of the Russian military…
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