Missing Ukrainian soldier resurfaces in Donbas militants' captivity
A 19-year-old soldier of the 30th Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who was reported missing near Mariupol on May 24, turned out to have been captured by Russian-led militants of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" ("DPR").
"A video of the serviceman's interrogation shows that he has been subjected to a severe psychological pressure. He is under stress, speaks incoherently, looks haggard, probably because of a long sleep deprivation or physical torture," the Brigade press service said commenting on the video uploaded in social media.
Read alsoSentsov agrees to supportive therapy amid hunger strike – Russian Justice MinistryThe soldier is seen claiming there are "no Russian troops" in the territory of Ukraine, which indicates that the Russian security services have instructed the 19-year Ukrainian.
"The statements that the prisoner of war was forced to make are an attempt by Russian propagandists to convince the Ukrainian and world community that there are no Russian occupation forces in the territory that is temporarily beyond Ukraine's control," the press service added.
The Brigade Command vows to do its utmost to have the serviceman released from captivity to get him back to his family, the statement says.