Ukrainian special service takes ex-militant who tortured Ukrainian military in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

The former member of Russian illegal armed gang was also involved for tortures of civilians; in 2015, he left the occupied area of Donbas and escaped to Mariupol where he lived before the conflict broke out
16:30, 2 June 2020

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Ukraine's State Security Service (the SBU) exposed former militant from the so-called "Bezler group" (Igor Bezler, the Russian officer who was in charge of Russian armed gangs in Donbas in 2014, - 112 International). The man is charged with tortures of Ukrainian military servicemen and civilians in Donbas. The SBU press office reported that on Jnue 2.

"Counterintelligence of the SBU detected a former militant from Bezler group (...) on the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas", the message said.

In 2014, the man voluntarily joined the terrorist group of Bezler. There, he was responsible for anti-Ukrainian propaganda and "information policy". The militant participated in interrogations of captured Ukrainian fighters. He put this on video records and spread them on anti-Ukrainian websites.  

In 2015, when local criminal gangs got in a number of showdowns, the man feared for his life and escaped to Mariupol where he lived before the conflict broke out.

Related: Tortured by Donbas militants ex-prisoners suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder: Sinchenko's case

The man was detained thanks to the reports of witnesses of teh events in Mariupol in 2014, when the militant worked for the occupants. During the searches, the SBU agents seized stuff that they added to the case file.

The man could face up to 15 years behind the bars.

Related: Donbas conflict participant kidnapped, tortured by criminal gang in Donetsk region

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