Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has notified a Russian citizen of suspicion of torturing Ukrainian servicemen in Donbas. The Russian mercenary served with the so-called DNR, Donetsk People's Republic.
The man is known by the callsign "Moscow". In 2014-2015, he was directly involved in military actions in the combat zone in eastern Ukraine. Joining efforts with regular Russian military units, he participated in the 2015 battle for Donetsk airport. It appeared that the individual tortured fighters of the Ukrainian military, the Prosecutor General's Office reported.
The militant also conducted propaganda by means of pro-Russian newspaper articles and videos that he put on the Internet.
"All this for implementation of a criminal plan of waging the aggressive war against Ukraine, so as to change the (...) state border", said Prosecutor General's Office.
The man is now a suspect in four criminal cases - for illegal detention of two and more people, membership in a terrorist organization, waging the aggressive war on the preliminary agreement of a group of people and cruel treatment against captives.
The militant could face life-long imprisonment.