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4,000 people became victims of torture during war in Donbas, - UN

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Torture was used against people to obtain information, humiliate, intimidate and extort property
22:00, 2 July 2021

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About 4,000 people became victims of torture and ill-treatment during the war in Donbas (2014-2021). This was announced by Matilda Bogner, Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

"According to the estimates presented in the report, between 2014 and 2021, about 4,000 conflict-related detainees (approximately 3,400 men and about 600 women) became victims of torture and ill-treatment, including approximately 340 victims of sexual violence," she said.

The report states that torture was used against people with the aim of extorting information, humiliation, intimidation and extortion of victims' personal property.

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Two annexes to the report describe in detail two significant places of detention - one at the Kharkiv SBU in 2014-2016, which is no longer used, as well as a site called "Isolation" in Donetsk, which began operations in 2014 and continues to this day.

There was no effective investigation of the events from 2014 to 2016 regarding the work of the Kharkiv SBU. The SBU denies the existence of this facility, in which people were kept incommunicado, and claims that her officers had never tortured or brutally treated detainees there.

Bogner said the UN expects the State Bureau of Investigation and the Attorney General's Office to address the issue.

 

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