Militants abduct young man at Stanytsa Luhanska checkpoint

Source : 112 Ukraine

The young man worked as a mover at the checkpoint
23:07, 1 September 2017


On Friday, September 1, the human rights advocates informed that militants abducted a young man at the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint, according to their statement on the website of Kharkiv human rights protection group.

“Petrukhov Mykola, born 1995, worked as a mover at the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint. He made his living by helping people move their belongings from the checkpoint on the Ukrainian side to the one on controlled by the militants. Over the past year it was the only source of income for him and his mother. On August 31, Mykola crossed the Ukrainian checkpoint. After this, at the militant checkpoint, he was stopped by armed men, who started asking him questions. There are eyewitnesses of this. Next the militants pulled Mykola aside. Since then the connection with Mykola Petukhov has been lost and there is no information about him,” the message says.

The mother of the abducted young man asked the OSCE and the Kharkiv human rights protection group for help.

The human rights advocates also tell about another recent abduction by the militants.

They found out, that a week ago another young man, who was also a mover, was abducted by the militants at the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint in the same manner. At the moment his relatives only gave his name – Oleksiy. Three days later, the corpse of the young man with the signs of violent death was found near one of the cafes in occupied Luhansk.

As it was reported earlier, 134 Ukrainians are believed to be held captive by the militants. 

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