New allegations of torture by russians troops have emerged as Ukrainian soldiers who returned in an prisoners’ swap open up on the details of their time in russian captivity, Ukraine’s human right ombudsperson Lydmula Denisova said in a statement.
Most Ukrainian prisoners of war were detained by the occupiers near Mariupol. They were placed in basements and outbuildings, and then transferred first to the guardhouse and pre-trial detention center in Donetsk, then to pre-trial detention centers in russia.
During the transfer, prisoners of war wore a bag on their heads or wrapped their eyes in scotch tape and tied their hands.
“Ukrainians were tortured in captivity – threatened with murder, beaten and humiliated. One of them was shot in the head with a machine gun. Another said that the Chechens forced him to sit for two hours with a sack on his head next to a chainsaw, which threatened to cut off his fingers and hands. Another was shot in the head with blank cartridges imitating execution,” the statement says.
Under the beatings, the racists forced Ukrainian soldiers to learn the russian national anthem, the history of the creation of the racist flag and coat of arms.
Denisova stressed that the medical care was not provided to prisoners of war, even the wounded. “The doctor examined them only before they were transferred to the POW camp in Sevastopol, where ICRC representatives provided assistance,” she said.
Ukrainians were not given water, only 1.5 liters per 30 people, in fact one sip, restricted in food – in the so-called “DPR” daily diet was a piece of bread and lard, in hygiene products, not allowed to wash. Not the slightest opportunity to contact relatives was provided.
The POW cards for informing his family of the Central Agency for Prisoners of War, provided for in Article 70 of the 1949 Geneva Convention, which must be sent immediately after capture, were completed only immediately before the exchange.
“russia grossly violates the requirements of Articles 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24-27, 29-31, 46, 48, 69-71 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, “Denisova emphasized.
She called on the UN Human Rights Council to address to russia’s violations of war prisoners’ rights.