EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE
BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE TERRITORY
OF OCCUPIED REGIONS OF DONETSK AND LUHANSK OBLASTS,
ON PHYSICAL ABUSE AND TORTURE
1. Serhii B.(serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 83days)
“…Beating of captives was common, a kind of entertainment for the militants. They beat us without any reason whenever they wished. They punched us into the groin, face, legs and stomach. They did it using both weapons and truncheons. As a result of tortures I’ve got severe headaches”.
2. Vasyl B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 21day)
“…Militants practiced beating of captives as a means of intimidation. Russian terrorists tried to make us lose our human dignity and become silent slaves by means of exerting physical pressure. Russian mercenaries of Chechen origin took part in torturing; they deliberately broke captives’ ribs and knocked out their teeth (it happened with Andrii F., for instance)…”.
3. Yurii B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 23days)
“…Each interrogation involved beating; interrogations were conducted by officers of RF secret services, and following their orders local DPR militants conducted tortures. While being tortured, I had my three teeth knocked out; my jaw and one rib were broken. The food, which we ate once a day, was a kind of humiliation – we were given leftovers of terrorists’ food with diesel fuel and broken glass added to it deliberately. That’s the reason of my suffering from three grave gastrointestinal diseases now.
4. Yurii I.(serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 12days)
“…I was beaten cruelly after being taken prisoner (militants revenged in this way for their dead during Debaltseve assault). As a result of physical harm I have grave health problems…”.
5. Volodymyr K. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 20 days)
“…They punched and kicked me, and tried to cut the eye out with a knife. Militants did so mostly just for fun…”.
6. Mykhailo M. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 8 days)
“…Ukrainian hostages were regularly beaten on their body and head. For this purpose we were in turns taken to another building, where the militants with call names “Varyag”, “Kalyna” and others immediately started punching, kicking and beating captives with gun butts…”.
7. Svyatoslav S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 124 days)
“…The captives were punched and kicked on their whole bodies. The beatings were without any pattern. We had no idea when tortures would start and for what reason…”.
8. Yurii S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 56 days)
“…We were beaten from the very first days of our captivity: militants from the so-called LPR broke my head with their gun butts. As a result of injures and tortures many Ukrainian captives needed treatment, but Russian terrorists gave us just iodine, brilliant green and cotton wool. In fact, we were left to the mercy of fate. The medical instructor from one of volunteer battalions (call name “Mama Tanya”) was a salvation for the wounded and tortured. Being a captive as well, she helped us in all possible ways. The LPR militants regularly abused captives in physically. We were punched and kicked, hung upon a horizontal bar and beaten with rubber truncheons; they made us do push ups while beating us with their guns at the same time. Because of tortures, I have severe headaches, backache, and I suffer from pain in my arms. The terrorists with call names “Zolotii” and “Kolobok” tortured hostages under the guidance of “Batya” (the so-called combat of “Zorya” IAG) and “Reks”…”.
9. Taras T. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 182 days)
“…While in captivity, I was constantly kicked and punched all over my body, and I was beaten with weapons. Militants used to enter the basement or the archives, and started beating captives and hostages chaotically. They did so not so much to intimidate us, but more just for their fun…”.
10. Ihor F. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 159 days)
“…Captives were regularly beaten. This was done not only by men-terrorists (“017”, “Molchun” and others), but also by women-terrorists (for instance, “Bahira”). It was obvious that Russian terrorists were very much afraid of us, because their tortures were an attempt to establish dominance, and it showed their personal inferiority…”.
11. Valerii H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held in captivity for 82 days)
“…Pro-Russian militants beat the captives and local hostages regularly, both during interrogations and just for pleasure. The terrorists themselves said that there was a competition among the DPR and LPR prisons – which of them was the most terrible and cruel, which of them had peculiar methods of torturing and how many captives were tortured and executed. Among the torturers there were many criminals who had served terms for serious violent crimes …”
12. Andrii Sh. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held in captivity for 11 days)
“…I was taken captive defending Debaltseve from terrorists, I was heavily wounded in the chest. Despite that the militants of the IAG “Prizrak” (“Ghost”) beat me cruelly by hands, legs and butts. I was beaten many times while I was in captivity. Among the torturers I remember the militant with call name “Pulia” (“Bullet”)…”
13. IhorSh. ( Ministry of Interior of Ukraine officer, was held in captivity for 3 days)
“…I was apprehended at the check point near Kostantynivka by the pro-Russian terrorists in May 2014. I was kept in the basement of Kostantynivka city council. They treated the hostages as if they were slaves. I was beaten cruelly, sustained grievous bodily injuries (on being released I spent more than a month in a hospital)…”
14. Bohdan R.(serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held in captivity for 22 days)
“…The hostages were beaten and tortured. Some of the Ukrainian servicemen were tied to the posts, cut the skin open and sprinkled it with salt. Other prisoners were kept in chains for days. Russian wardens allowed all LPR militants and locals “to amuse themselves with ukrops”, which meant any kind of mockery (beating, throwing stones and spitting at us, cursing and so on)…”
15-16. Oleksandr B. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 151 days) and Hanna I. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 6 days)
“…The captives were beaten on a daily basis – in the basement, during the interrogations and when they were taken to the toilet. Fighters of the Ukrainian voluntary battalions, artillerymen and snipers were tortured with extreme cruelty. The captives were also forced to give interviews to the Russian media and tell that the militants “were kind to the Ukrainian captives”…”.
17. Dmytro S. (civilian, was held hostage for 63 days)
“…During the interrogations I was tortured repeatedly. The militants of the so-called Ministry of State Security of the DPR did not believe that I was a volunteer. They were sure that I was sent on an intelligence mission by the Armed forces of Ukraine. They beat me with rubber truncheons in my head, chest and legs, besides I even could not bend with pain or fall as they did not permit me to. They put me against the wall and beat me on my back with a telephone cable; they also cut my fingers with a knife. All the hostages were tortured in that way. I witnessed that one of the captives who went on a hunger strike as a protest against his unwarranted arrest had his legs broken by the DPR militants. Another hostage lying on the floor of our cell died from the injuries he had got during the tortures. The hostages were tortured by the militants whose call-names were “Zombi” (Serhii Khabarov), “Pikhota” (named Oleksandr), “Kyiv” (named Andrii), “Terrorist” (Serhii Ponomarenko) and others. The hostages were also beaten and forced to work for the DPR militants – to clean the streets, to load and unload cargoes, to dig trenches and build bunkers for the terrorists”.
18. Mykola H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 122 days)
“…While being in captivity I got a closed craniocerebral injury and brain concussion as a result of being beaten…”.
19. Yurii H. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 119 days)
“…In captivity I was beaten with rubber truncheons, kicked and punched me in my head and in the kidney area. Besides, under the threat of being executed, I and other hostages were forced into doing slave labour in Ilovaisk for more than two months – we were cleaning the streets, unloading ammunition for DPR militants, defusing mines that had not exploded though we were not specially trained to do it. I should also mention the fact that the RF State Duma deputies from the Communist party came to Ilovaisk and persuaded the Ukrainian hostages to betray Ukraine…”.
20-21. Oleksandr K. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held in captivity for 36 days) and Mykola O. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held in captivity for 70 days)
“…Beating was combined with psychological pressure. Russian terrorists enjoyed captives’ torturing and suffering. At the same time the militants-wardens were afraid of being taken prisoners, they said: “Our hands are coated with so much blood of the Ukrainians, it would be better if no one knew about that…”.
22. Serhii B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held in captivity for 6 days)
“…While in captivity, the Ukrainian prisoners were regularly punched, kicked, beaten by guns; after that some of the captives couldn’t get on their legs from the floor for several days. We were also made to eat shevrons of the Armed forces of Ukraine. I and other captives were brought outside for executions, but they fired their guns above our heads. Such psychological torture smashed my health…”.
23. Vladyslav H. (civilian, was held in captivity for 22 days)
“…I and two other captives were kicked, beaten by truncheons, tortured with electric current. As a rule, the captives were taken out for interrogations one at a time, where 4-5 DPR militants tortured them…”.
24. Ivan H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held in captivity for 47 days)
“…Having captured me and my comrades, the Russian servicemen took us to Dzerkalne town (it was a kindergarten or a school) and handed us over to DPR militants. The next stage of torture and abuse started – we were beaten and forced to dance (there is a video on YouTube named “The captive Ukrainians are Dancing”). Then they made us stand facing the wall; the militants approached each of us and asked where he was from, at the same time they fired their pistols close to the head of the captive. One Ukrainian serviceman said he was from Donetsk, after that the militant fired his pistol in the back of the captive’s head and killed him. They practiced torturing regularly during the whole period of my being in captivity…”.
25. Volodymyr M.(serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 76 days)
“…I and sixteen of my comrades-in-arms were captured during the military operation in Donetsk airport. We were kept in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department office that had been occupied by the DPR militants. All the captives were beaten on a regular basis and tortured. I saw with my own eyes how the terrorist nicknamed “Motorola” killed my companion Ihor B…” .
26. Fedir T. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 211 days)
“…I and other captives were constantly beaten and tortured. They tried to poke my eyes out and stripped me off to the naked in the frost. From time to time they called my relatives, mainly at night, to tell them how I was tortured. Among those sadists who tortured the Ukrainian captives there was a woman-sniper who belonged to the DPR illegal armed groups; her call-name was “Knopka”…”.
27. Dmytro B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 4 days)
“…We were tortured from the very beginning of the captivity. The LPR militants took off the Ukrainian military captives’ warm clothes and shoes. Practically naked and barefoot, we had been walking for several hours when it was freezing hard (February 2015). The captives were beaten and tortured by the LPR militants. One day, for instance, one of them came to the basement, pulled his gun out and told us that we had allegedly killed his friend. Under the threat of being shot the captives were forced to jump and scream out the words: “He who doesn’t jump is moskal”. The Russian terrorists repeatedly intimidated us saying that all Ukrainian military captives would be shot to death soon…”.
28. Roman B. (volunteer, was held captive for 4 days)
“…We were taken captive by the militants of the so-called DPR while delivering voluntary aid for the Armed forces of Ukraine servicemen. At first we were held in the premises of “the military police of DPR” in Novotroyitske village, but then we were transported to the basement of the former SSU Department in Donetsk city. During the first interrogation, which had been lasting for 8 hours, I was beaten cruelly by the DPR militants – I had several ribs broken, I got numerous haematomas and bruises. During one of the next interrogations I was wounded into my head as one of the militants fired a shot from AK-47 machine gun. Being almost unconscious I was brought into the basement without being provided with any medical aid. In spite of my being wounded, I was repeatedly tortured. The tortures against Ukrainian captives were carried out by the militant nicknamed “Zayats” (the commandant of the torture chamber in the premises of the former SSU Regional Department in Donetsk). The Russian terrorists nicknamed “Yozhyk”, “Krutoi”, “Sever” took part in tortures as well…”.
29. Oleksandr D. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 118 days)
“…During the first week of captivity beatings were practiced by DPR militant guards, they mainly did it just for amusement. Then we were beaten in the course of interrogations which were conducted 2-3 times a week. The captives were also tortured: the militants tied the electric water-heater connected to the electrical network to the captives’ hands; shot in their limbs from pneumatic and small-caliber weapons, hung bound captives up to the horizontal bar and beat them cruelly. While being tortured I had my teeth knocked out, some of my ribs broken; I also got a brain concussion and numerous face, arms, legs and body bruises. The mercenary fighters from Russia were extremely cruel; they treated captives cynically. The interrogations of Ukrainian captives were supervised by the person with a nickname “Molchun” (a colonel, an officer of the so-called Ministry of DPR State Security)…”.
30. Oleksandr K. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 190 days)
“…When we were held captive the militants used physical force (beating with machine guns and truncheons; we were kicked and stabbed) as well as psychological pressure (we were constantly threatened with murder and oppressed morally in every possible way). There were citizens of Russia among those who tortured Ukrainian captives. They could be distinguished during conversations by their specific Russian accent…”.
31. DmytroK. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 278 days)
“…For four times the militants imitated my other captives’ being executed; several times they imitated cutting out our eyes using the cold weapon…”.
32. Oleksandr K. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 43 days)
“…I was held in the basement of the former police station in Krasnodon town, Luhansk oblast. Ukrainian captive soldiers were systematically beaten; sometimes tortures lasted for several hours. Also I and two other captives were taken out for the execution (they were shooting above our heads). The Russian terrorist with a call name "Chehevaro" (the so-called military commandant of Krasnodon town) controlled the torture…”.
33. Volodymyr L. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 118 days)
“…I was severely beaten and shot at my legs and back with the traumatic weapon as I had refused to wipe my feet against the Ukrainian flag in front of the Russian media video camera. We were tortured by Russian militants nicknamed “Adrenaline’ and ‘Baton”...”.
34. Volodymyr M.(serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 38 days)
“...Captives were constantly beaten – kicked, with the help of butts, batons, leather straps with nuts on the ends. Regularly they simulated cutting of body parts of captives and executions. We were prohibited to ease ourselves for several days being threatened with beatings. Personally I witnessed the execution of several Ukrainian soldiers, who were in captivity of Russian terrorists by DPR militants ...”.
35. Yevhen N.(serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 119 days)
“...They regularly beat and tortured me and other captives. In particular, during the interrogation, which was conducted by the FSB officers, they punched and kicked me using items of furniture, butts, rubber batons, wires of computer equipment, and so on. Also, prisoners were shot with pneumatic, traumatic and small-caliber weapons. The Russian militants used wires or gas mask for choking us as well as water suffocation in a bucket of water. Regularly they applied practice of sleep and food deprivation, forced us to physical exercises (push-ups, sit-ups), even forced grievously wounded captives to do these things...”.
36. Yurii P.(serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 31 days)
“...After being captured I was kept in the basement of the “DPR military police” in Novotroitske village and in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department, where I was subjected to humiliation and beatings on daily basis. During one of the interrogations the Russian terrorists broke my ribs and the left leg, then left me without any medical care. I witnessed how during the interrogation militants tortured to death a Ukrainian serviceman named Anatolii (a paratrooper from 80 brigade). The captives were tortured by Russian terrorists with call names “Akula”, “Ded”, “Yozhyk” and others ...”.
37. Dmytro R.(serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 84 days)
“...The captives were regularly beaten both during interrogations and also in the isolation ward. The militants did this without any reason, just for amusement. I witnessed how they handcuffed one of the captives to the car and forbade giving him water and food, frightening that anyone, who helped this prisoner, would also be chained nearby. The above mentioned person died in a terrible agony after a few days. The Russian officer with the nickname “017” ruled this torture and other ones...”.
38. StanislavT.(serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 13 days)
“…I was kept in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department. Beating began from the first minutes: Ukrainian captives were taken to the basement three by three, the DPR militants formed up lines and kicked us, punched, hit us with the machine gun butts, tried to feed us with soil, also they shot us with pneumatic weapons (it struck me three times). Together with me in the basement there were about 70 captives. They beat us every day; Russian terrorists were extremely zealous after mass drunken feasts. They beat us indiscriminately without choosing, just entered the basement and started beating the captives all around. Real sadists were militants with nicknames “Semerka”, “Sem”, “Lis”.
39. Oleksii F. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 176 days)
“…They regularly beat me and other captives, the DPR illegal armed group militants shot us with pneumatic weapons. I witnessed how some representatives of the Russian special services brought one of the captives to his knees and shot through his feet with the gun…”.
40. OlegKh. (civilian, was held captive for 9 days)
“…I was charged with the secret subversive activities for the benefit of Ukraine. Despite all my explanations and other peoples’ evidence concerning my non-involvement in the Armed forces of Ukraine activities, the DPR militants tried to wrest an admission of guilt in any way. They beat us in a very cruel way – with their hands, legs, weapons, drumsticks. As a result of the tortures which I was urged to withstand in the captivity, I had to restore my health in hospital for a long time…”.
41.ViacheslavSh.(serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 143 days)
“…The captives were beaten with weapons (machine gun butts), rubber truncheons, and wooden bats. Moreover, the militants tortured us with electric current, imitated the shooting of Ukrainian prisoners of war…”.
42. Mykola V. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 49 days)
“…I was kept in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department. Almost every day they applied to me beating and tortures – they punched my face, hit my head, back and stomach with the iron tube, they wounded the groin with legs and machine gun butts, made incisions of the head skin with the knives. Several times they imitated shooting, but they fired shots near the head. I together with other captives was tortured by the members of the so-called “DPR ministry of state security” whose nicknames were “Zaiats” (managed the interrogations), “Zombi”, “David”…”.
43.Mykola K. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 4 days)
“…The militants of the DPR illegal armed group knocked out my tooth with a gun butt, broke my arm, they inflicted numerous bruises on my head, torso and limbs…”.
44. Mykola K. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 118 days)
“…They beat me on my legs with rubber truncheons and cords, gun butts, they fired from traumatic weapons on the torso and limbs. One day they ordered all the captives to stand against the wall and beat us by turns on the legs; after that I had blue legs and I eased myself with blood. Active participants of these tortures were militants of the so-called DPR whose call-names were "Adrenalyn," "Baton", "Sokol". The representatives of the so-called "Ministry of State Security of the DPR” also took part in the interrogations; I remembered one person called “Molchun”. I told them only my personal data during the first interrogation. I was again interrogated by “Molchun” three days later; he told me all the details about my family, place of work and living, and also about my military service. He ordered to beat me brutally “for concealing information”. After being released from captivity I found out that “Molchun” was former officer of the Security Service of Ukraine (there is his photo in the anniversary issue about the SSU Donetsk Regional Department)…”.
45. Serhii K. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 37 days)
“…I was captured during the tank battle on the outskirts of Donetsk. Immediately after the capture the militants of the DPR illegal armed group beat me severely, despite the fact that at the time I was seriously injured (numerous shrapnel wounds of the neck, partially paralyzed limbs). I was taken to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department in the trunk of a passenger car; there I was kept for about a month. The militants beat me repeatedly; several times they mocked my execution (the militants shot above my head from automatic guns). The Russian terrorist nicknamed “David” conducted interrogations and tortures of the hostages. The militant nicknamed “Moskwa” filmed the humiliations of the Ukrainian captives. He posted these materials on a video channel Youtube to exert moral and psychological pressure on the members of the captives' families…”.
46. ValentynL. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 118 days)
“…The captives were beaten regularly, almost every captive had his teeth knocked out, or broken ribs, or brain concussion, as well as a lot of bruises on their faces, bodies and limbs. The captives were beaten with extreme cruelty during the interrogation (2-3 times a month) in which the RF security services officers took part (for example, Russian officer with a call-name “Kyiv”)…”.
47. OleksandrM. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 22 days)
“…Despite my serious wound the DPR militants repeatedly used measures of physical influence (beating) and psychological pressure (constantly threatened to execute me, humiliated me and assaulted my dignity). They tortured other captives as well – kicked them, beat them with gun butts, rubber truncheons, tortured them with electric current (from the electric device for the distant demolition of supplies). Besides, the Ukrainian captives, including those who were wounded, were intentionally undressed and taken out in frosty weather where they were left bound for several hours…”.
48. Valerii N. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 119 days)
“…The captives were beaten cruelly to get information about the locations of the Armed forces of Ukraine in the anti-terrorist operation zone and personal data of Ukrainian servicemen and members of their families, first of all the commanders. During such tortures I lost consciousness several times and recovered only after 1-2 days. As a result of the tortures I had 3 of my ribs broken and my eyesight became rather poor but I received no medical treatment. After 2 months of captivity I and other captives were taken to Ilovaysk, where we were forced to do slave work – unloaded Russian transports with supplies, conducted reconstructions of the buildings, collected rubbish and other. While we were performing our work in the streets of Ilovaysk, the local people treated us very friendly and brought us from their homes food, warm clothes and even protected the captives from the tortures of the militants-guards…”.
49.Oleksandr P.(serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 49 days)
“…I and other hostages were undressed to the underwear and put before a firing squad, with our faces to the wall, but pro-Russian DPR terrorists were shooting around our ears and over our heads. Beating was used repeatedly (two militants were holding the captive while the third one was beating him); they burnt our fingers with lighters, hung us on the wristbands. After being kicked, I had three ribs broken. Representatives of the so-called DPR nicknamed “David”, “Zayats”, “Zombie”, were torturing captives…”.
50.MaksymF. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 155 days)
“…During the interrogations militants of the so-called DPR were beating the captives violently with weapons, rubber truncheons and wooden sticks, also they fastened to the captives’ hands a water heater, which was plugged into the power line; they also made us do 800 knee bends, as a result many captives lost their of consciousness. After those tortures I had an acute myocardial infarction…”.
51. Ruslan Sh. (serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine, was held captive for 118 days)
“…The hostages were regularly tortured; they also were under constant psychological pressure. While being in captivity I witnessed that the OSCE observer visited the captives and examined the conditions of their confinement in the presence of the DPR militants. The militants were telling that “the captives were fed three times a day, they were kept in proper conditions of confinement”. But it wasn’t true. The captives were covered with bruises, we did not have shower for almost two months, but the OSCE observer didn’t communicate with the captives…”.
52. Maksym A. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 119 days)
“…They beat us day-and-night. Every half an hour the militants were forming the Ukrainian captives. They used to pick up 4 or 5 persons from among the captives and beat them cruelly as a demonstrative example. Then the frequency of forming-ups was reduced but the demonstrative beatings continued. They used beatings and tortures during the interrogations conducted both by the representatives of the so-called DPR Ministry of state security and the armed forces officers of the GRU of the RF Armed forces General Staff (there were corresponding insignias on the Russian army uniforms)…”.
53.Serhii K. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 118 days)
“…We were cruelly beaten by the Russian servicemen immediately after our capture, then we were taken to Donetsk. There the Ukrainian captives were put against the wall (each of us had a bag on his head and our hands were tied with a rope) and the militants began to ask each hostage about his whereabouts. When a serviceman from my military unit Serhii S. said that he was from Svatovo, Luhansk oblast (the city captured by terrorists), one of the leaders of the DPR illegal armed group ordered the militants to shoot him. He was taken away and we had never seen him since then. Several days later a militant nick-named “Malysh” was boasting that he personally shot Serhii S.: “A gave him a spade and ordered to dig a grave for himself saying that otherwise after being executed he would be left lying on the ground to feed the dogs; then I shot him dead”. While in captivity we were cruelly tortured – they punched and kicked us, tried to cut out an ear or an eye, cut a throat, they also beat us with gun butts on our feet trying to recharge the gun in that way…”.