14:31 Apr. 26, 2016
Former detainees tell about tortures they went through
The report "Russian War Crimes in Eastern Ukraine" was submitted to the International Criminal Court in the Hague on April 22.
The document's initiator, Polish MP and deputy chief of parliamentary Foreign Affairs Commission Malgorzata Gosiewska, reported that on her Facebook.
The multi-paged document is based on 60 interviews with former detainees who managed to escape from Russian-backed separatists' captivity in eastern Ukraine, as well as those kept in Russian jails. They inform of venues where various crimes were committed, including deprivation of freedom, physiacl and mental tortures, robbery, and killings.
In March, Małgorzata Gosiewska presented the reports about Russia's war crimes in Ukraine. On April 5, it was presented in the European Parliament and later in Ukraine's parliament (Verkhovna Rada).
Polish MP stresses the report must prove Russia's accountability for the war in eastern Ukraine as well as crimes against humanity in the Donbas region and on the Crimean peninsula. Hence, she insists, after revising the contents, the European Union should reconsider its relations with Russia.
Earlier last year another report about Russian-backed terrorists' criminal deeds was published by the Coalition For Peace and Justice in the Donbas. Titled "Those that lived through hell," it was based on interviews with witnesses and victims of kidnappings and torture. According to this document, 16% of those imprisoned by Russian-backed militants were forced to witness executions. Full story