POW in Donbas: Ukraine's judge kidnapped by militants – volunteer

10:10 Nov. 8, 2016

Ukraine's judge kidnapped by militants – volunteer

POW exchange in Donbas, February 20, 2016 (UNIAN Photo)

Vitaliy Rudenko was reportedly accused of treason by the combatants

The Russian-backed separatist forces have captured a judge of Ukraine's official Appeal Court of the Luhansk region. This is reported by a local volunteer, involved in the negotiations on the POW exchange, Oleh Kotenko in an interview with Hromadske Radio.

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Although the news emerged in the media on Monday, the judge, Vitaliy Rudenko, was reportedly kidnapped three weeks ago. Rudenko was trying to enter the separatist-held town of Krasnodon in Luhansk region to attend the funeral of his father.

‘The judge had an agreement with his associate from the militant republic. The associate was supposed to give the judge the ‘green road', so that he could enter the town', Kotenko was quoted as saying.

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The volunteer said, the judge was stopped at a road block, where he was detained by militants after they examined his documents. He was then taken to a jail, and accused of treason.

‘He hasn't been tortured', Kotenko said.

The judge reportedly hasn't admitted to what the militants accuse him of, but according to his wife, he signed a certain unspecified document.

Negotiations on his exchange are ongoing.  

Source in Ukrainian

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