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Student who hoisted Ukrainian flag in Luhansk returned from captivity of militants

The young man was captured in 2017 and held in a penitentiary facility in Luhansk; he suffered both psychological and physical pressure
21:44, 7 June 2018

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Ukraine's SBU, the state security service, managed to return another citizen from the captivity of pro-Russian militants in Donbas. This time, they brought home a student who hoisted the national flag of Ukraine over a school in the occupied Luhansk.

According to the SBU press service, the Vinnytsia-based college student, native of Luhansk region, came to the occupied territory of Luhansk region, along with his parents - to sort out the property issues there. During his stay in Luhansk, the boy and some local supporters with patriotic views rose the Ukrainian flag over the school where he studied. They also put some Ukrainian national symbols on the forefront of the school's building.

The local militants captured the boy and took him to the local penitentiary facility. The SBU pointed out that he and other political prisoners suffered both psychological and physical pressure.

'Thanks to an effective operative move, the SBU agents brought the illegally detained man to the Ukraine-controlled territory and brought him back to Vinnytsia', the press service of the authority reported. 

The criminal case is opened under the charges of kidnapping or illegal freedom restriction (Part 1, Article 146 of Ukraine's Criminal Code).

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