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SBU: 27 Ukraine’s soldiers defected to militants after captivity
15:10, 13 December 2016
SBU: 27 Ukraine’s soldiers defected to militants after captivity

47 ex-prisoners decided to appeal in international bodies with complaints of inhuman treatment after the captivity

15:10, 13 December 2016

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27 Ukrainian soldiers after the captivity defected to the insurgents, counterintelligence warned about 76 recruitment facts. The SBU Chief of Staff Olexander Tkachuk said this during the briefing, which was broadcast by 112 Ukraine TV Channel.

"Military counterintelligence warned about 76 facts of recruitments of Ukrainian troops by the Russian special services and Donetsk and Luhansk militants. Also, we documented 27 soldiers, who defected to the enemy after being in captivity, and are now involved in an armed conflict on the side of the terrorist groups. 63 servicemen were forced to agree to cooperate with the Russian special services, after returning voluntarily reported the fact of recruitment. Accordingly, they will be exempt from criminal liability. 47 former POWs decided to appeal to international institutions about the ill-treatment during their stay in captivity by the Russian secret services and representatives of the Russian side. 31 complaints were sent to various international organizations, including the UN High Commissioner for human Rights", said Tkachuk.

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According to the data of the SBU, there is a lot of evidence about the torture that were used by the Russian military and the militants to captive Ukrainian soldiers.

"A few months ago we started the work on gathering evidence of officers released from captivity, who were subjected to torture. Since then, we surveyed more than 1,400 troops. Most of them told us that they were subjected to torture in one way or another. They were forced to move to the side of the enemy and forced to cooperate with the Russian secret services. The enemy showed the greatest cruelty to our scouts paratroopers, gunners and soldiers. The evidence collected by us is video evidence too. We can say that mainly the enemy used such forms of torture as the amputation of limbs and other body parts, suffocation by blocking the airways with water or using a mask, an electric failure, burns, chemical acids, iron, forced under threat of death in the killing of other prisoners or "recruitment on blood", beating with rubber sticks, metal bars, leaving without food for several days and accommodation in a standing position in the pits", told in the secret service.

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