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A Ukrainian medic who was tortured and held captive by Russian forces for three months says a phone call from Prince Harry after her release inspired her to 'continue fighting' for her country.

Volunteer paramedic Yulia Paievska, 53, was kidnapped by Russian soldiers in March while she was heading to treat injured members of public after a bomb attack on a theatre in Mariupol.

She described being interrogated for three months and being told lies that Ukraine had been eradicated in the invasion, The Telegraph reports.

Ms Paievska, a member of Ukraine's team for the Invictus Games, received a phone call from the Duke of Sussex one week after she was released by her captors. She said he spoke 'strongly and sincerely' about the conflict in Ukraine.

'He simply inspired me to continue to fight,' said Ms Paievska. 'He said that he supports Ukraine and all of us.'

Volunteer paramedic Yulia Paievska, 53, was kidnapped by Russian soldiers in March while she was heading to treat injured members of public after a bomb attack on a theatre in Mariupol

Ms Paievska, a member of Ukraine's team for the Invictus Games (pictured here at a training event) received a phone call from the Duke of Sussex a week after she was released by her captors

Despite the trauma of her captivity, Ms Paievska says she is determined to carry on assisting Ukraine as it defends itself from continued Russian aggression.

She initially retrained as a paramedic in 2014 to help as tensions arose in the eastern Donbas region and founded Tayra's Angels, the volunteer ambulance corps. 

Within her home country, Ms Paievska has risen to fame after treating 500 Ukrainian soldiers in the Dombas as well as training 8,000 people in tactical medicine.

She and a colleague were driving an ambulance through an humanitarian corridor in Mariupol on March 16 when they were ambushed by Russian troops, who considered her a high profile target.

Ms Paievska soon found herself in solitary confinement with just half a glass of water to drink each day and no treatment for her thyroid and asthma conditions. She was later moved into a women's cell measuring 10ft by 20ft, where she says the captives were routinely beaten and tortured with electricity.

She said: 'I had absolutely no information about what was happening in the outside world, I didn't even know if my family was alive or if my house had survived because the Russians were already in Kyiv when we left.'

Ms Paievska said she was 'grateful' to Prince Harry (pictured with wife Meghan) and that her interrogation and torture stopped after her daughter raised her plight during the Invictus Games

Volunteer paramedic Yulia Paievska, 53, was kidnapped by Russian soldiers in March while she was heading to treat injured members of public after a bomb attack on a theatre in Mariupol. Pictured: The destroyed theatre in Mariupol 

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According to Ms Paievska, the Russian guards fed prisoners false information that Ukraine was losing the war and the rest of the world had failed to intervene, proving nothing more than 'rusty weapons'.

In order to preserve her physical and mental health, she says she stuck to a daily regimen of ab crunches, yoga and meditation to survive.

While her was detained, her 19-year-old daughter Anna-Sofia Puzanova competed in her place in archery at the Invictus Games, winning a bronze medal.

The young woman also raised her mother's plight with the board of Invictus Games, which led to a phone call from Prince Harry upon her mother's release.

Ms Paievska added: 'I am very grateful to Prince Harry because it was after the Invictus Games... that the Russians stopped interrogating and torturing me. I think spreading the word to the whole world influenced their decision to trade me in a prisoner exchange.'

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Best iPhone 13 case deals including 60% off OtterBox

DROPPING your £1000 phone on the gravel driveway is a heart stopping moment but trustworthy phone cases can ease that horror.

There are an overwhelming number of iPhone cases on the market so we've whittled them down for you with lots of discounts too.

If you've found your phone with our best iPhone 13 deals page, you've probably looked at the glass-backed mobiles with some hesitation.

That anxiety when you realise your shiny new iPhone has fallen will never go away completely, but having a robust case and a screen protector can lessen that - and any damage.

13Putting a case on your phone is the easiest way to protect it from bumps and scrapesCredit: Getty

If you're still undecided on which phone to get you can have a look at our best iPhone SE deals too.

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If you're looking at cases you may want to consider getting a screen protector too to keep your screen safe - tempered glass is recommended rather than a plastic protector.

Apple and Apple Premium Resellers will fit the protector for you with a machine and offer a swap policy if it lifts for around £30, alternatively you can pick one up from Amazon with your case.

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We can't stop you from dropping your phone but we can help find something to keep it in one piece if you do - check out our picks for the best iPhone cases deals.

Best iPhone 13/iPhone 13 Pro cases

Great news, Apple has made the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 pro the exact same shape and size.

This means any case advertised as being suitable for one will also fit the other.

Even better, this gives you lots more choice when looking for a case.

1. Yatwin Liquid Silicone Case with Screen Protector, £5.94 (save £7.05) 13Silicone cases come in all sorts of fun colours

Imitation silicone cases are all over Amazon as the stylish design is £49 from Apple themselves, but that doesn't mean this isn't a worthwhile purchase.

This Yatwin case is one of our favourites as it comes in a variety of colours for a more than reasonable price, even more so when it has 54% off.

With this case comes a tempered glass screen protector too so you don't have to splash out even more to protect your screen, an all round bargain.

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2. Humixx 10FT Military Grade Shockproof Case, £13.59 (save £6.40) 13This case is shockproof up to 10 feet

Shockproof cases that are sleek and stylish can be hard to come by but this one from Humixx does it well.

The frosted translucent back allows some of the colour and logo to peek through while giving protection from scratches.

Humixx claim this case has anti-fingerprint, anti-yellowing and stain-resistant coating so your case will stay looking fresh.

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3. JETech Clear Case, £6.79 (save £1.20) 13JETech is one of Amazon's best selling brands

Granted this isn't the biggest saving, but for an already cheap phone case this is a steal if you want a simple clear case to show off your iPhone 13.

JETech are one of Amazon's best selling brands and it's not hard to see why with shockproof sides and anti-scratch coating on the back.

For a no-fuss phone case which won't break the bank, we can't think of anything better than this JETech clear case.

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4. Cyrill Faux Leather Brick Case, £15.29 (save £2.70) 13This Cyrill case looks high-end without the high price

Leather cases can be pricey, just look at Apple's own brand cases, so why not grab a faux leather case instead - same good looks and durability without the price tag.

This case from Cyrill comes in black, brown or cream and has a soft inside to protect your phone from all the bumps and scrapes around.

We like the cream for a fresh look that will keep your phone cool through summer unlike a darker case would.

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Best iPhone 13 Pro Max cases

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the biggest of Apple's flagship model, with a 6.7-inch display.

Sometimes a bigger phone can mean you are more prone to dropping it, so a case is always sensible.

1. OtterBox Defender Case, £24.90 (save £7.32) 13OtterBox is a trusted brand from Apple

Apple loves OtterBox and so do we because the cases are robust and MagSafe compatible but this often come with a higher price point.

The OtterBox Defender Case is currently on offer on Amazon with a nice 23% off, bringing the case to £24.90.

This model is their ultra rugged, protective military grade case so perfect for the adventurers or just super clumsy iPhone 13 Pro Max owners.

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2. Torras Shade Match Ultra Thin Case, £15.29 (save £6.70) 13Torras have exact shade match cases fro the Alpine Green and Sierra Blue phones

For those who think there's nothing sadder than covering your phone colour of choice with a case, even worse the case is a slightly mismatched shade - Torras has you covered.

This ultra slim but still protective case comes in matte black, blue and green shades designed to match your iPhone 13 Pro Max - although the silver and gold are missing.

If you hate the feel of silicone plastic cases, this ultra thin hard shell case is the perfect choice plus it comes with a screen protector.

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3. ESR Clear Shockproof Case, £5.77 (save £5.22) 13ESR are currently Amazon's choice for cases

Clear cases reign supreme in the world of iPhones and this one from ESR has a massive 47% off right now.

Not only does this have anti-yellowing coating, it also has shock protection on the corners without bulking out the phone.

There is also raised edges around the camera and screen to give added protection, what more could you want from a clear case?

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If you like the Apple silicone cases but don't have the budget to buy them - this is a great option.

Ornarto is shock proof but still supports wireless charging and even offers a one year warranty.

Currently discounted by a nice 18%, the Ornarto case comes in 14 different colours from pastel pink to traditional black.

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The iPhone 13 Mini has all the technology of the flagship iPhone just with a lower price and more compact design.

This is a great size as adding a case won't bulk it out too much so you have much more variety when it comes to cases.

1. OtterBox Symmetry Case, £11.95 (save £18.05) 13OtterBox has a range of colours on sale for their Symmetry series

The OtterBox Symmetry series is one the brand's top selling cases, although they usually set you back around £30 - but not with this massive 60% saving.

Across the range the saving varies depending on the colour you pick with most sitting between £11 and £20 right now, but act quickly as the Mini cases are selling fast.

OtterBox is sold by Apple themselves and offer MagSafe compatibility and is made from 50% recycled material, so you know you're getting quality for your money.

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2. Surphy Faux Leather Case, £9.56 (save £2.39) 13Surphy leather cases are popular choices for the iPhone

Leather-look cases can smarten up this already great looking iPhone 13 Mini.

This Surphy case has microfibre lining and metallic buttons for a luxury feel without the luxury price tag.

Surphy is one of Amazon's top choice brands and come with worry free replacement for up to a year after purchase, no matter what the issue is.

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3. JETech Silicone Case, £8.49 (£1.20) 13JETech are one of Amazon's top selling brands

JETech are a great brand for cases that offer protection for your phone as well as keeping prices low.

This silicone case has a microfibre lining so it's soft on your phone while also being shock absorbent on the outside.

Not all colours are on sale but you can pick up a simple black, red, blue or orange for an absolute steal.

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4. Trunyee Faux Leather Wallet Case, £10.99 (save £3) 13Trunyee uses thermoplastic polyurethane for their faux leather

While £3 might not seem like a massive saving, to grab a wallet case for under £15 that looks like real leather is tough - but this Trunyee case does it all.

The light brown shade is the only one boasting a 21% saving, while other colours like black and red have £2 off instead - still a bargain.

Wallet cases are perfect for people who don't want to carry a separate wallet for cards or cash, this Trunyee case has three card slots and a cash pocket too.

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What type of case is best for iPhone 13?

Cases that offer protection as well as style are always the best way to go - your iPhone 13 is already a great looking phone without the cover.

It can be easy to pick up the Apple silicone cases and assume those are the best for your phone. Although they are good cases with bright selection of colour, they are not necessarily the most cost effective.

Having a tempered glass screen protector is often more important that the case itself as more often than not it will be your screen to break not the back.

Even your basic clear plastic case can vary in quality, look for ones which have a lip around the camera or are thicker to make sure you have the best protection.

At the end of the day, while you want some protection, the main point of a case is self expression so choose one you like that suits your needs.

What colour iPhone 13 is most popular?

It's hard to pin down which colour is the most popular as many people will opt for the classic Midnight shade for reselling purposes.

Many sources have said that the new Pink colour is the best seller for the iPhone 13, along with Midnight.

Although this is to be taken with a pinch of salt as the same sources also state the Pink is most popular for the iPhone 13 Pro too - which is not available.

New colour Sierra Blue proved to be popular with buyers, much like its predecessor Pacific Blue was in the 12 Pro model.

Apple brought back the popular dark green (known as Midnight Green back then) from the 11 Pro range and repackaged it as Alpine Green for the 13 Pros.

Plain colours remain constant sellers and are sometimes easer to sell second-hand once you're done with it, while new colours tend to be hit or miss with customers.

Which iPhone case is the most popular?

Due to the sheer number of cases around it is hard to tell which case is most popular.

Apple's own silicone cases are always a big seller as people like the soft-touch feel and brand authority, plus there is a massive colour selection.

Other trusted brands like Otterbox tend to be popular, especially with their clear options.

Big brands such as Casetify and Quadlock can be higher in cost but remain popular for specific audiences who can invest, much like Apple case purchasers.

Fashion brands like SkinnyDip and Coconut Lane have also been successful in cornering the pretty case market, although there are a wide range of sellers on sites like Etsy.

Should I buy a cover for my iPhone 13?

Some brave people do not put a case on their iPhones because they want to appreciate the phone they purchased in it's full glory.

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There's nothing wrong with not putting a cover on your phone, although do make sure you have insurance as a screen repair on the iPhone 13 will set you back around £266.

If you are clumsy or even just want to protect your phone from little daily scratches - such as being in your pocket with your keys - then a case is the best thing for it.

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