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Iryna Filkina: Photo of Bucha massacre victim identified as makeup blogger by her manicurist

A victim of the Bucha massacre, who was brutally killed by a Russian tank, has been identified as Iryna Filkina, an aspiring makeup blogger, thanks to her unique manicure. She was identified after the photograph of her hand and the bold red and pink nail polish was widely shared on social media. The harrowing photograph of his hand is considered one of the most tragic images of the Russian invasion of Ukraine to date.

But as well as revealing her identity, shocking drone footage released earlier this week appears to have captured the moment the 52-year-old was killed as she was pushing her bicycle home, dressed in a blue coat . Video suggests she was shot by a tank seconds after turning a corner. Footage showed a previously unidentified cyclist pushing his bicycle down the street, unaware that several Russian military vehicles were waiting around the corner. A second video, taken a month later, after Ukrainian forces recaptured the town, showed a cyclist in a blue coat in the same location, dead on the sidewalk.


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The photograph showed the manicured hand of a previously unidentified woman killed during Russia’s brutal occupation of the city northwest of kyiv. His body was found lying on the side of the road next to his bicycle, his arm outstretched at the side. Her bold red and pink fingernails stood out amidst the dirt.

After the image was widely shared on social media and by news agencies, and as the tragic events of the city at the hands of the Russian occupiers were re-enacted, the woman’s unique manicure was instantly recognized by the makeup artist Anastasiia Subacheva in nearby Gostomel.

Subacheva told the New York Times that she recognized Filkina’s distinctive hands and nails in her videos, as she often posted videos about makeup, lipstick, and foundation application. Subacheva told the newspaper in a phone call that his heart broke upon seeing the photo.

Subacheva said she knows many women from Bucha because she often goes to town to do several women’s makeup there. “When I saw it, I felt like my heart was starting to break,” she told The Times.

After the victim was identified as Filkina in the photo, Filkina’s daughter, Olha Shchyruk, who fled Bucha before Vladimir Putin’s invasion, mentioned that she had begged her mother not to cycle home the day she was killed and to flee the city as she had. That same day, her mother had been unable to find a place in a car evacuating the city and had tried to cycle home. Filkina was only 15 minutes from her home when she was killed.

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