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‘They detained me as I burned LNR flag,’ - ex-hostage of Donbas militants

Source : 112 Ukraine

Vladyslav Ovcharenko, resident of Luhansk, is among those who returned home during the exchange on December 27
22:09, 28 December 2017

112 Agency

Russia-backed militants held in captivity Vladyslav Ovcharenko, the fan of Zorya Luhansk FC; the 21-year-old was charged with several violations, including espionage, terrorism and an attempt to conduct sabotage. Ovcharenko told this in an interview with 112 Ukraine news agency - soon after the release from captivity, which took place on December 27.

‘They detained me for the video, which appeared on Youtube – the one where I and my friends burned the flag of LNR (the self-proclaimed ‘republic’ in Luhansk region). Then, they accused me of espionage. They applied physical and psychological pressure on us – every day. In December 2016, they transferred us to the pre-trial detention facility’, Ovcharenko said.

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The former prisoner, detained in November 2016 admitted that militants recruited some of the people he knew personally. ‘As they interrogated us and used force to make us talk, I almost identified some of the guys under the masks. Then, these guys would appear without masks – and yes, it appeared that I actually knew them’, he said.

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