Incident in Lukiyanivske detention centre in Kyiv: ‘Tornado’ unit fighters never attacked prison guards

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine’s Deputy Justice Minister Denys Chernyshov reported that at Thursday briefing
19:28, 12 January 2017

Tornado unit fighters in court
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The fighters of the disbanded police task force unit Tornado who stay in detention in Lukiyanivske detention centre in Kyiv did not actually attack prison guards or resisted any of their actions.

As 112 International reported, the incident took place on January 12. It happened in Lukyanivska detention centre in the Ukrainian capital. Law enforcement officers and former police battalion Tornado, accused of crimes committed in the area of anti-terrorist operation (ATO), who are now detained in prison. One of the participants in the incident cut off a part of his ear. 

According to Denys Chernyshov, the Deputy Justice Minister of Ukraine, the situation was under control from the very beginning. ‘No actions were taken so as to attack detention centre workers; the prisoners did not capture the armory. That’s just a rumor. It all kicked off only because a man hurt himself to earn attention and opposed against the course of investigation into their case’, he said.

The official said that the surgery went fine, and the imprisoned fighter feels alright. ‘I don’t know how he got that shank or whatever it was that he cut his ear with; I assume he got this pointed tool during or after the previous court session,’ Chernyshov said.  

The Deputy Justice Minister also said that the detention centre administration reported no rogue actions by the detainees over the last three months.

As we reported earlier, hearings into Tornado case was previously postponed several times due to different reasons. Every time that happened, activists would gather near the court building to support the detainees and protest against the dragged course of investigation into their cases.

The detained fighters of Tornado battalion, formerly one of the special task force units of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, are charged with many law infringements. Most of these violations could be defined as war crimes, committed during their participation in Donbas conflict in 2014-2015.

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