Polish MP Malgorzata Gosiewska plans to take the evidence to The Hague
Polish parliamentarian Małgorzata Gosiewska presented a new report titled "Russian War Crimes in Eastern Ukraine in 2014".
It exposes the actions of Russian soldiers and Kremlin-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.
The report includes 60 interviews with former prisoners of war. The interviews were conducted by former policemen and experts with the help of Ukrainian volunteers.
Incarceration, physical and psychological torture, robbery and even murders – just a brief list of what Ukrainian patriots went through while in captivity. Some of the crimes are shockingly cruel. Małgorzata Gosiewska stopped several times reading some stories of Ukrainian prisoners.
Małgorzata Gosiewska, Polish MP: "They put down Ukrainian flag on the floor and ordered us to wipe out feet. Those who refused were killed. I had been laying on the table for 2 days. My legs and arms were tied. I wasn't given anything to eat and drink, and wasn't allowed to go to the toilet."
The victims described the awful conditions of their captivity. Detainees were packed wall-to-wall, sometimes 100 prisoners to a room, with holes dug into the ground for toilets. They were fed infrequently and poorly.
Some were refused water and medical treatment for days. Many were forced to sign over their property to the captors. The names of the victims are not being disclosed for safety reasons. But the perpetrators were all identified. They are well- known self-proclaimed leaders and spokesmen of the Russian-backed separatist forces on the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Małgorzata Gosiewska, Polish MP: "This report shows what actually Russian Federation is, who is Vladimir Putin and that he is responsible for war crimes in Donbas and Crimea. I hope that this report open eyes many European politicians. There are a lot of dramatic descriptions of crimes in this report. Bit it's not for cheep sensation. It's for understanding what is happening in Eastern Ukraine in 21th century."
This report will form the basis for a complaint to the International Criminal Court. Next month Małgorzata Gosiewska is going to The Hague to present the evidence of Russia's involvement in the war in Ukraine.
Margaryta Sytnik, Igor Antoniuk reporting from Poland for Ukraine Today.