18:51 Jul. 21, 2016
Activists documented numerous incidents of unlawful detentions, disappearances, and torture in eastern Ukraine
Ukraine's chief military prosecutor Anatoliy Matios met with the representatives of Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and promised to conduct a thorough probe into each incident documented by the activists.
In their joint report, presented on July 21, the leading watchdogs listed numerous cases of grave human rights violations in the war-torn eastern Ukraine.
The researchers blamed both sides of the conflict in the abuses. The government forces and volunteer battalions, in particular, were blamed for incommunicado detentions and torture taking place in the SBU (State Security Service) compounds.
In three cases detailed in the report, the SBU allegedly continued the enforced disappearances, keeping the individuals in unacknowledged detention for periods ranging from six weeks to 15 months.
Reacting to the report, Matois said that "military prosecutors would check and estimate every incident."
The chief military prosecutor urged international NGOs to immediately report all the cases of abuses, violations and ill-treatment to the Ukrainian authorities.