: Terrifying Huffington Post report tells how pro-Russian separatists tortured 4,000 people

10:19 May. 20, 2016

Terrifying Huffington Post report tells how pro-Russian separatists tortured 4,000 people

Russian-backed separatists escort prisoners of war from the Ukrainian army in a central square in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Aug. 24, 2014 (AP photo)

Hundreds of Ukrainians are still kept hostages on the militant-occupied territories of Ukraine

Oleksandr Hryshchenko's only worry was feeding his ornamental fish at his office, but what happened to him, has changed his life in a terrible way, writes Samantha Meier in her article titled "Terrifying report shows how pro-Russian separatists tortured 4,000 people."

"In June 2014, the vet was on his way to work in Luhansk, when the city was in the east of Ukraine had already been seized by separatists. The streets were deserted - there was an eerie silence. The calm before the storm," reads the article published by the Huffington Post's German edition.

Before he could enter the office building, he was arrested out on the street by armed men and thrown into a dungeon. At that moment, the 55-year-old man did not realize how bad the next four months would be for him. The man in command over the prison was "Alexander Alexandrovich," also known as "Batman."

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"One man was named 'Maniac,' 'Madman.' He hit me full force on my chest. I fell to the ground. Another man code name 'Janek' shocked me with an electric shocker..." the man says remembering of those terrible days.

The article says the captured man has first told his story to a German-based Deutschlandfunk radio station. The radio station first reported about large mass torture of Ukrainian citizens in the areas occupied by the militant-occupied eastern territories of Ukraine.

"The scale of torture, of which the German radio reports, is frightening," reads the article.

Oleksandra Matviychuk from the NGO "Center for Civil Liberty" has told the station: "We interviewed 165 people who had gone through a similar hell. We can prove that 4,000 people have been held hostage last summer. The realistic figures are probably even higher, because the hostages are still captured today."

It is not yet clear how many of these people have been tortured. But one thing is clear, according to the article. The militants in the eastern regions of Ukraine operate "under Vladimir Putin's grace." "They are supported from Russia with weapons, money and technology. If separatists torture people en masse, the Russian president puts up with it, otherwise he would not remain idle," the author says.

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