The Security Service of Ukraine continues to fulfill its purposeful and laborious tasks collecting and documenting crime evidence of the non-declared war started by Russia in Donbas in 2014.
We would like to bring to your attention the third issue of a collected book of evidence given by another 70 citizens of Ukraine, held in captivity by Russian terrorist groups on the territory of occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
Here are another 70 frightful episodes of inhuman tortures undergone by Ukrainian servicemen, law enforcement employees and common citizens after they had been taken captive by terrorist gangs, organized and supported by the RF political and military authorities.
However, after compiling the third issue of a collected book one still can not get used to documenting such kind of evidence.
The former captives recollect their torturers’ nicknames like in the nightmare – “maniac”, “hishchnik” (predator), “adrenalin”, “varvar” (barbarian), “zombie”. These call names speak for themselves, as they were given due to some special features – sadistic cruelty and the utmost inadequacy. The terrorists use tortures for their entertainment; Russia, that sends terrorists to Ukraine, employs tortures as a means of intimidating not only Ukrainian captives, local citizens but also pro-Russian militants in Donbas.
The identities of more than 40 criminals have already been established by the SSU; each of the cases is being investigated. The torturers will face Ukrainian and international justice for their crimes unless they are killed before by their Russian supervisors’ orders.
We’ll do everything possible to prove once again that evil never goes unpunished; each terrorist, each serviceman of the RF Armed Forces and each employee of the RF secret service should face charges for executing and torturing our citizens.
There is a video disc added to this issue of a collected book that contains video recorded evidence of 30 former captives as well as an e-version of three issues and the press-conference held by the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine on September, 23, 2016.
EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVEBY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE TERRITORYOF OCCUPIED REGIONS OF DONETSK AND LUHANSK OBLASTS,
ON THE MILITARY AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
1. VasylB. (servicemanoftheArmedforcesofUkraine, was held captive for 21days)
“…I was taken captive during the warfare near Snizhne, Donetsk oblast. I and my friends were taken captive by the servicemen of the Armed forces of RF who beat us cruelly immediately after…”.
2. Yurii B. (servicemanoftheArmedforcesofUkraine, was held captive for 23days)
“…Staff officers of Russian secret services conducted interrogations; they forced us into collaboration against Ukraine to the advantage of Russia and promised Russian citizenship. On my refusal those Russian officers ordered the wardens (DPR militants) to beat and torture the captives cruelly…”.
3. Andrii P. (servicemanoftheArmedforcesofUkraine, was held captive for 21days)
“…I was taken captive by the servicemen of Pskov airborne division of the Armed forces of RF. Russian servicemen took off our clothes, took away our belongings: money, mobile phones, even the photos of our relatives. They kept Ukrainian captives under their guard for three days in the open plain. We were tied, they did not give us any food at all, and we had to relieve ourselves just there…”.
4. Valerii H. (servicemanoftheArmedforcesofUkraine, was held in captivity for 82 days)
“…Being held captive in Luhansk I saw some units of the Russian Armed forces that did not try to conceal themselves and moved in the streets of the city in their military uniforms…”
5. Bohdan R. (servicemanoftheArmedforcesofUkraine, was held captive for 22days)
“…We were held captive at one of Ukraine – RF border checkpoints. The hostages were often made to work – to clear the debris, clean the streets and so on. We often saw the equipment and heavy weapons of the Armed forces of RF that were coming from the territory of Russia. Besides there were many Russian mercenaries among our wardens, they were speaking one of the Caucasian languages. I am sure they were the so-called “kadyrovtsy” – pro-Russian militants from Chechnya…”.
“…I was taken captive by the servicemen of Pskov airborne division of the Armed forces of RF. I and several dozens of other Ukrainian servicemen were taken to the territory of Russia in the RF Armed forces vehicles via the border checkpoint “Uspenka”. A day later we were transported to Donetsk.
7. Hanna I. (servicemanoftheNational GuardofUkraine, was held captive for 6days)
“…I was taken captive when my unit was leaving Ilovaisk. Our column came under fire of the Russian heavy artillery. I suffered six injuries and was captured by the Russian staff servicemen. I was held in a “pit”, the representatives of Russian FSB interrogated me three times. Despite being wounded (I often lost consciousness from pain) I was not given any medical aid (only a shot of painkiller once a day)…”.
8. Mykola H. (servicemanoftheArmedforcesofUkraine, was held captive for 122days)
“I and several servicemen of my unit were taken captive by the Russian paratroopers. Russian servicemen held us near Dzerkalne, Donetsk oblast in a “pit” which was made with an excavator…”.
9-10. Oleksandr K. (servicemanoftheNational GuardofUkraine, was held captive for 36 days)and Mykola O. (servicemanoftheNational Guard ofUkraine, was held captive for 70 days)
“…We were taken captive by the servicemen of Pskov airborne division of the Armed forces of RF – Russian ammunition, uniform and insignia. Russian servicemen beat and looted us – they took our clothes, valuables, phones and money; moreover there were fights among Russians because of their greed. The Russians did not hide the fact that they were allowed to do anything they wanted – from killing a Ukrainian captive to looting, torturing and raping Ukrainian locals. The so-called byryaty were the cruelest – they were undereducated (some of them even did not know Russian). We were interrogated by the officer of the GRU (main Intelligence Agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation) with a call-name “016”. He decided at his discretion who should be executed immediately, who should be given over to DPR militants…”.
11-12. Ruslan B. (servicemanoftheArmedforcesofUkraine, was held captive for 46 days) and Andrii K. (servicemanoftheArmedforcesofUkraine, was held captive for 32 days)
“…We were taken captive by the servicemen of Pskov airborne division of the Armed forces of RF near Dzerkalne, Donetsk oblast…”.
13. Ivan H. (servicemanoftheArmedforcesofUkraine, was held captive for 47days)
“…Our unit came under heavy artillery fire of “Smerch” or “Uragan” gun mounts, which were on the RF territory. Immediately after we'd been attacked by the Russian armed forces units (we learned that when we'd taken captive several Russian paratroopers). We managed to repulse. Then the tank attack began. As a result of it a lot of Ukrainian servicemen were killed. I and my five comrades were taken captive by the Russians. Russian officers resorted to tortures during the first interrogation – they punched and kicked us, beat us using butts and threatened to execute us. The Russian servicemen from Chechnya – “kadyrovtsy” – were the cruelest. They shot beside us and threatened to cut us with their knives…”.
14. Fedir T. (servicemanoftheArmedforcesofUkraine, was held in captivity for 211 days)
“…I was taken captive by the servicemen of an intelligence unit of the RF Armed forces who were from Chechnya. They beat me cruelly and I sustained severe injuries”.
15. Roman B. (volunteer, was held captive for 4 days)
“…The questioning of the captives took place every day. Several times they were conducted by the officer of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, who didn’t conceal his belonging to the Russian security services and said he was sent from Moscow "to help build the new Russian world in Donbass region". That officer had the detailed file on every hostage and Ukrainian war prisoner. They contained our personal and employment data (family members, place of work and habitual residence, the number of the military unit, the period of time spent on military service and the military rank, and also the personal data of our relatives). During the period of my captivity I witnessed more than once the conversations between militants. Some of them were the citizens of the Russian Federation and the servicemen of the Russian Armed forces, it was apparent from the accent of those people and the subject of their conversations. They complained that they were not allowed to return to Russia till the end of the signed contract…”.
16-17. DmytroK. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 278 days) and Volodymyr L. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 118 days)
“…We were captured by the Russian Airborne Troops officers during the withdrawal of the Ukrainian troops from Ilovaisk (the call-names of the Russian officers, who were in charge of this Armed Forces unit were “Patriot”, “Klyon”, “Lisa”)…”.
18. Yevhen N. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 119 days)
“…From the 18th August, 2014 my military unit arrived in Ilovaisk, where we combated the terrorists of the DPR illegal armed units and the RF Armed Forces. On the 29th of August, 2014 on the basis of the agreements between the governments of Ukraine and Russia there should have been provided a “Green corridor” for the withdrawal of the Ukrainian forces from Ilovaisk, but practically, after the units of the Armed forces of Ukraine and the National Guard of Ukraine set back, the RF Armed forces opened fire on the column using heavy machine guns, artillery, tanks, mortars etc. We managed to get into Chervonosil’ske village by force, where we took up the defense. The combat action had been lasting for more than 40 hours; the Ukrainian soldiers, who had survived, were captured by the soldiers of the Air Assault battalion of the Russian Airborne Troops (based in Pskov). I and other Ukrainian captives were questioned by the RF Federal Security Service officers, who offered a confidential cooperation in exchange to my freedom and financial rewards. These officers claimed openly that they belonged to the Russian security services. The soldiers and officers of the RF Armed Forces stayed on the territory of Ukraine wearing Russian military uniform; their military equipment had identification marks of the RF Armed Forces. Moreover, the Russian soldiers could be distinguished by their specific Russian accent and their being unaware of Donetsk oblast geography…”.
19. Yurii P. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 31 days)
“…The officers of Russian Federation Armed forces and special services had occupied as a whole the third floor of the former Department of the Security Service of Ukraine in Donetsk oblast. They were organizing and holding interrogations of captives, and also were ordering to torture the Ukrainian captives. During the interrogations these Russians were mentioning that 80% of those, who had been assaulting the Donetsk airport, were the servicemen of the air-landing armed forces and special task forces of Russian Federation. Herewith these Russians were absolutely negatively characterizing the fighting qualities of the Russian mercenaries from Chechnya. The officers of the Armed forces of Russian Federation were mentioning that all so-called “kadyrovtsi” were dastards, who were ready to maraud and humiliate local population (murders, raping, robbery etc.)…”.
20. Dmytro R. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 84 days)
“…I was captured as the result of the armed assault on our blockhouse by the servicemen of the Russian Armed forces (paratroopers from Pskov). I and other Ukrainian captives were carried in Russian military truck body to the territory of RF, and in a day we were carried to Snizhne city Donetsk oblast…”.
21. Stanislav T. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 13 days)
“…I was captured during the withdrawal of our troops from Ilovaisk city. We were circled and attacked by the Active Air forces of Russian Federation (paratroopers). For two days the Ukrainian captive soldiers were held in the field, without food, water and medical care for wounded. All this time the captives were interrogated by the Russian special service officers (Federal Security Service of Russian Federation and Main Intelligence Agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, having appropriate insignias on the Russian military uniform). Then we were divided into two columns: the soldiers of Ukrainian Armed forces were kept separately from the voluntary battalion. members. My fellow-soldiers and me were carried to Donetsk city…”.
22-23. Mykola K. And Ruslan Sh. (servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine, were held captive for 118 days)
“…We were captured by RF militants during withdrawal of Ukrainian soldiers and volunteer units from Ilovaisk town. We got into ambush, we had been holding the line for 2 days but after the next RF Armed Forces attack (the paratroopers of Pskov air-landing division and Ulianovsk armoured division) those soldiers who’d stayed alive were captured. We were convoyed on foot across the field, where we saw deployed positions of the Russian military equipment (with RF flags and RF Armed Forces units marking) – tanks, artillery, multiple-launch rocket systems “Grad”, an infantry fighting vehicle and a scout vehicle. Moreover, the Russian militants had modern small arms, absolutely lacking in the Ukrainian AF – machine guns AK-100 and “Val” rifles…”.
24. Oleksandr M. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 20 days)
“…I was captured while breaking out of encirclement in Artemivsk region of Donetsk Oblast. Our column got into ambush organised by militants of the so-called DPR together with the RF Armed Forces militants. The latter didn’t conceal their belonging to the country-aggressor: they were wearing Russian military uniform, could be distinguished by good military training and discipline; they had a strongly marked RF citizens` accent. Already in captivity I heard some Russians talking about their families, left in the RF and also sharing remembrances of their studying in Riazan military school of the RF Armed Forces Airborne Troops and joint military operations on the territory of Chechnya”.
25. Maksym A. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 119 days)
“…I was taken captive near Ilovaisk by Russian regular servicemen, namely the servicemen of Ryazan air assault battalion of Air Borne troops of the Armed forces of RF. While in captivity, I was interrogated several times under torture by Russian officers of the GRU (main Intelligence Agency of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation) who had corresponding insignia on their uniform…”
26. Viacheslav H. (employee of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine, was held captive for 90 days)
“…I was taken captive by Russian regular servicemen (Russian military uniform, weaponry, accent, and banners on military equipment). Before that there was a combat in which Ukrainian servicemen killed several Russian soldiers. That is why the RF servicemen were extremely aggressive with the captives. We were kept blindfold in a pit for three days without food and had no possibility to ease ourselves. They forced us to our knees and executed mocked shooting, but they shot above our heads…”.
27. Serhii K. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 118 days)
“…I was taken captive by Russian regular servicemen while we were trying to break through the encirclement near Ilovaisk. The Russian soldiers did not disguise in any way that they belonged to the Armed forces of the aggressor state. A lot of things testified to it: the talks they had in the radio medium before we were captured, Russian military uniform, military equipment with flags and insignia of the RF Armed forces drawn on them, their accent typical of the residents of Ryazan, Moscow and Pskov oblasts of the RF, as well as personalities of the soldiers of Buryat origin and so-called “Kadyrovtsy” – mercenaries from the Chechen Republic of the RF…”.
28. Vitalii K. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 128 days)
“…The commander ordered me to establish liaison with another military unit. I set off with a group of 6 soldiers and we got into an ambush set by the Russian servicemen of the battalion tactical group of the airborne troops of the RF Armed forces (approximately 10-12 armoured infantry fighting vehicles BMP-2, 30 airborne assault vehicles and 3 self-propelled guns D-30). As I found out later, while being in captivity, during the clash between the Ukrainian troops and Pskov paratroopers the latter suffered heavy losses the day before, so they were extremely cruel with the Ukrainian captives. I was interrogated by the RF Federal Security Service officer whose call-name was “Starshina”. He broke 3 of my ribs, knocked out several teeth, and bruised my face, body and limbs. In the evening the Ukrainian captives were taken to the territory of the RF (Rostov oblast) in cars; there we were interrogated again. Next day we were taken to Snizhne, Donetsk oblast, where we were handed to the militants of the DPR illegal armed groups…”.
29. Hryhorii Sh. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 28 days)
“…While being in captivity, I was interrogated by the RF Federal Security Service officer, who gathered military-related information about the Ukrainian Armed forces and personal data about my fellow servicemen and commanders; he also offered me to collaborate with the Russian secret services…”.