Three Ukrainian soldiers captured, brutally tortured, then killed by Donbas militants – activist
Three Ukrainian troops have died in militant captivity at Svitlodarsk Arc near the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve, according to Semen Kabakaev, an activist and coordinator of the StopTerror project.
"A tragic situation at Svitlodarsk Arc. Three of our guys are gone. Two of them were out in the field, and they were taken away either by local militants or Russian mercenaries – it’s not yet clear. The soldiers were wounded. They were videotaped and [the video was] handed over to our side, as confirmation that they were being held by the enemy…" the activist wrote on Facebook.
He added that the exchange had failed as the enemy did not want it and the Ukrainian side found no one to negotiate with. They [militants] all consider themselves commanders, and it was impossible to find someone to take up responsibility for ceasing fire. Then they were transferred to Debaltseve, abused and tortured and eventually killed them. Brutal images showing torture and dead bodies was immediately sent to us a confirmation that they were KIA," wrote Kabakaev.
He noted that another Ukrainian soldier, who had reportedly been missing, was also killed.
Read alsoOSCE reports 300% spike in use of banned arms in Donbas last week"The third one allegedly went missing. We filed a request and it turned out that according to their data, he was held captive, but we found no confirmation of this information. A few hours ago, the third one was returned. Several shots to the head," said the activist.
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