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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES of UKRAINE

BY MATERIALS of THE SECURITY SERVICE OF UKRAINE

EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE ORDLO TERRITORIES, ON THE MILITARY AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AGAINST UKRAINE, INHUMAN DETENTION CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL ABUSE, TORTURE AND MORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HUMILIATION

1. Oleksandr D. (civilian, was held captive for 905 days)

“… At the end of 2015 I was taken prisoner by pro-Russian militiamen for an attempted “illegal crossing of the border” between Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk Oblast, near Heorhiivka. I was brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department on Bauman street. I was photographed, and my interrogation was captured on video. The interrogation was conducted by a representative of the so-called “Counterintelligence Department of the DPR State Security Ministry (MGB DPR)” (I recognize him on photo #140), and the “head of the Military Counterintelligence Department”, call- name “David”, who was personally in charge of interrogations and beatings of the hostages (I recognize him on photo #167). Besides, on photo #79 I have identified a pro-Russian militiaman, an “armed escort member” who guarded the hostages kept in the fuel and lubricant warehouse. In six months, I was transferred to the basement of Donetsk Regional State Administration building. During two months I was held captive in some office room, and three months later I was transferred to the prison camp #97 in Makiivka.

While being illegally held captive, I was beaten severely and deprived of food many times. They organized mock executions, firing weapons at me. The “commanding officer of the DPR separate commandant’s regiment” V. Anosov and his wife “major” Anosova were particularly cruel – they regularly tortured the hostages and captive servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and abused their dignity…”

2-3. Artem A. and Vladyslav O. (civilians, were held captive for 444 days)

“…We were taken prisoners by the so-called “officers of the MGB DPR” in the Teatralna Square in October 2016, in full view of dozens of people, and were brought to the building of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department (79 Radianska Str., Luhansk). The terrorists accused us of having been in contact with servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and with volunteers from “Asov Battalion”, to whom we communicated

information on the disposition of units the Russian Federation regular troops on the temporarily occupied territories in Luhansk Oblast. Besides, they found a video of burning a flag of the so-called “LPR” in Vladyslav’s telephone.

Starting with the first interrogation, which lasted from 12:00 to 22:00, we were both beaten and underwent psychological pressure (threats, humiliations). Physical abuse (beatings, electric shocks, suffocation using plastic bags) and threats to cut off limbs, fingers in particular, are a key tool in the activities of the so-called “MGB LPR”, and each of us experienced them.

Later we were convicted of “treason through conniving [with the enemy]” and “desecration of the state symbols of the LPR”.

The fake trial was organized personally by the following supporters of terrorists: the “LPR Military Tribunal judge” Lunha A.H., the clerk of the court Dokukina L.I., Deputy Head of the Department of Prosecutor-General’s Office of LPR Kozlov M.V.”.

Among those who personally tortured Ukrainian hostages, and were involved in our illegal detention, are the ones whom we recognize in the photos: Rohovenko S. (call-name “Tunhuz”, a former law- enforcement officer, currently an “officer of the MGB LPR”); Kovaliov L., a “Major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Borets”; Denys, call-name ”John”, an “officer of the MGB LPR”, graduated from Luhansk National Agrarian University; “major of justice” Manuilova Yu., a “forensic specialist of the MGB LPR Investigative Department”, a former officer of the Investigative Branch of Luhansk Regional Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine”; “colonel of justice” Petrenko B., currently “head of the MGB LPR Investigative Arm”, a former officer of the SSU Luhansk Regional Department; “major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Frol”, who tortured the hostages with obsessive cruelty. Besides, the “officer of the MGB LPR” Denys, call-name ”John” (I would guess he is 25 years old, 180 -185 cm in height, fair-haired, has a tattoo “За ВДВ” on his left hand) repeatedly persuaded us to commit a terrorist act on the territory of Ukraine in exchange for a possibility to return to Luhansk…”

4. Valerii R. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 890 days)

“…At the beginning of April 2016, when the convoy was moving to the place of rotation, we were ambushed; as a result of it our car (the last in the convoy) was damaged by the anti -armor grenade launcher and seized by Russian terrorists. I was taken to the occupied territory by the militants and brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department

situated in Bauman street. At once I was accused of having conducted terrorist activities on the territory of Donetsk oblast. In the course of interrogations which were held 2-3 times a week I coerced psychological pressure (they beat me with legs and a rubber stick; they applied a current from my old mobile phone), they promised to cut off my arms. The staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security took away my mobile phone; they presumably called my brother from it and informed him of my having deserted to terrorists. Moreover, they called my niece and threatened her with physical violence. The terrorists employed tortures against a captured serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine call named “R” by means of filing his teeth; they stabbed both legs of a Ukraine’s AF serviceman call named “H”.

For three months I had been held in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department and then I was taken to the prison settlement #97 in Makiivka. In October 2017, I was attended by the DPR Ministry of State Security investigators who accused me of “having aided terrorists and adjusted fire” and “promised” to imprison me for 20-30 years…”.

5. Oleksandr F. (a civilian, was held captive for 723 days)

“… I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Makiivka of Donetsk Oblast. They found symbols of Ukraine and the EU in the course of a search that resulted in my being captured. Soon afterwards I was brought to the room #302 in the building of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security (Donetsk, Shevchenko str., 26), where I was interrogated for the first time and coerced beatings and intimidation. I was interrogated by the following “special investigative agents”: Horbokon (call named “Niemets”), Biloborodko (call named “Monomakh”) and Yefimovych who demanded that I should confirm my membership in Ukrainian patriotic organizations. I was held captive by the DPR Ministry of State Security bodies for three months; first I was held in a non-heated lock- up garage (though it was winter), then I was brought to the former archives office that had been turned into a torture chamber by terrorists. The guards and the staff of the DPR Ministry of State Security abused hostages all the time (beat them with their hands, legs and rubber cues). Trubitsyn, “the chief” of the pre -trial detention center, and Kholin, “a criminal investigative agent”, turned to be the cruelest.

In August 2016, I was convicted by Donetsk inter -regional court in Makiivka, then by the DPR court martial. I remember the representatives of prosecution involved in fraud for obtaining judgment: Kilkieev and Orlova, investigators, Maksymova, a judge in Makiivka, Strateichuk and Odegov, court martial judges, Serhieev and Maksymov, the prosecutors. Mykyta

Kiosev (the head of “Moloda Respublika (Young Republic)” terrorist civil organization) and Hryhorii Zinovyk (a functionary of the students’ trade-union committee), considered informants and provocateurs, as well as the above mentioned “criminal investigative agents of the DPR Ministry of State Security” acted as witnesses.

I served my “sentence” in the penitentiary #27 (Horlivka, Nemyrovych-Danchenko str.). I was tortured there personally by Oleksandr Liashenko, “the head of penitentiary”, his relative and “the deputy head” at the same time Dmytro Liashenko and Dmytro Verych, a “criminal investigative agent”. Just before the hostage handover, on December 25, 2017 in particular, the Liashenkos, being drunken sadists, beat and abused me from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m.…”.

6. Oleksandr A. (a civilian, was held captive for 848 days)

“… I was taken hostage by the representatives of the armed Russian-terrorist group “Sparta” and the so-called “military police officers” who accused me of “treason against DPR”. For some time, I was held in a basement, where I was interrogated five times. Each interrogation had lasted on average for about two or three hours. At the same time, I was subjected to physical abuse – I was beaten with hands, legs, rubber truncheons and a butt of an assault rifle. As a result of a torture, I was left disabled. One of the interrogations was filmed by a “blogger” Zhurabka for the Russian agitation visual. Later, I and other hostages were attended by representatives of Russian TV channels “NTV” and “Russia 24” who interviewed prisoners and filmed the conditions of their compulsory detention. At the same time, “journalists” instructed the hostages to give them the correct answers.

The main torture chamber of the “DPR” was located in the premises of the former archive of the Donetsk SSU Department, which was captured by terrorists in 2014. The hostages were placed on the racks for paper; there was no lavatory, linen and running water. Only in two years’ time terrorists finally legalized my detention: by the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the DPR “a preventive measure in the form of keeping in custody was taken against me”. At the same time, I was banned from legal counsel and they refused to grant me visiting permits.

Among the terrorists in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages. One of them is the head of the 3rd DPR Intelligence Department with a call-name Zaiats (he personally conducted interrogations in the presence of two officers of the RF secret services, who asked questions concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of anti-terrorist operation, the number of personnel and military machinery); another one is Artem, Zaiats’s subordinate, a former employee

of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, who previously served in one of Donetsk regional police departments (he is mercantile and interested in personal enrichment); the third one is Zombi (he used to be a dog handler in Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs special police force “Berkut”)…

7. Denys B. (a civilian, was held captive for 390 days)

“… At the exit of my house, I was knocked down, put a sack on my head and handcuffed. I was also charged with “betrayal of my homeland and “Russkaia vesna” ideals” as well as espionage in favour of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the building of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” in Donetsk (26, Shevchenko St.) they tortured me and smothered me with a plastic bag until they got to know my Twitter account password. They threatened me with physical abuse – to cut off my limbs, to rape me, to execute me by shooting or bury me alive in a pit in a forest. I was also subjected to all sorts of humiliation and threatened to be put into a lime pit. All the torturers were wearing masks (balaklavas), but during the interrogation I heard one terrorist’s call-name – “Yakut”.

On the basis of evidence extracted from me under torture I was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the so- called “Supreme Court of DPR”. People, personally liable for my unlawful imprisonment and fabrication of my criminal case are: Yamanko, a crime scene investigator working for the “DPR Ministry of State Security”; “judges” Tokarenko, Strateichuk and Odehov; Idiatulin, DPR Ministry of State Security criminal investigator; and Bairachnyi, deputy Prosecutor General of DPR.

8. Roman S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 189 days)

“Our security checkpoint was attacked by a sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Russian occupational troops. There were 16 men there, all dressed in the uniform of the Russian Army. Three Ukrainian fighters were killed and I was taken captive during the fight. I was kept prisoner at the high security prison # 97 (Makiyivka, Donetsk oblast). I was frequently tortured during interrogations. Once I was interrogated by O. Zakharchenko in person. That was hardly an interrogation – swear words, shouting and intimidation of sexual assaults all the time; I think he was under drugs. After the interrogation Zakharchenko ordered his inferiors to kill me (it was a mock execution). I don’t know where exactly the interrogation took place because while in captivity I was always transported with a sack on my head”…

9. Serhii S. (civilian, was held captive for 448 days)

“…I was detained by the militants of illegal armed groups of the so called “LPR” in September 2016 while crossing the delimitation line. They accused

me of cooperation with the Armed forces of Ukraine. All the time I was kept in the basement of the former building of SSU regional department in Luhansk oblast. On the premises of that building there were stationed not only local militants but also the units of the RF Army, including officers of the Russian military intelligence (I saw them and heard their conversations). I was interrogated several times. All the interrogations were held with the use of physical violence, they tortured me using electric current, kicked me and humiliated. I was a witness to a murder of one of the captives – Andrij K. – by the “LPR” militants…

10. Ihor S. (a civilian, was held captive for 824 days)

“…I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city of Donetsk. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive. In two months’ time I got to know that I had been charged with espionage. For two years I had been held illegally in the “pretrial detention centre of the DPR Ministry of State Security” (located in Kobozev street, 4) . After the trial that looked like the one of Stalin’s epoch of the thirties, the previous century, I was imprisoned in the penitentiary #32 of Donetsk oblast. Shaipov, the so-called DPR deputy prosecutor, and Kilkeev, an investigator, were involved in framing up a criminal case against me.

The convoy from the DPR Ministry of State Security staff accompanied me to the interrogations. There were five representatives of the RF Federal Security Service (the group called “Hosti (guests)”) who conducted interrogations in the DPR Ministry of State Security building in Shevchenko boulevard. When interrogated I coerced physical and psychological pressure: they tortured me a lot and threatened both me and my family members…”

11. Halyna H. (civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…I worked in the local Municipal Polyclinic. In October 2016, the Chief Doctor called me into his office, where there were present two members of the “MGB DPR”. In their identity documents there were only photographs without any identification data. Further I learned that one man’s name was Vitalii, call-name “Shved” (“Swede”), and another man’s name was Dmytro.

They searched my workplace and visually inspected my mobile phone. They also searched my house and confiscated my computer equipment. I was charged with pro-Ukrainian views.

“Shved” and his colleague brought me to the “MGB DPR” (Tarasa Shevchenka Str., Donetsk). I was interrogated for about an hour by an “MGB DPR” investigator A. Lozinskyi. During interrogations I underwent a

polygraph test. The polygraphist – a Russian Federation citizen – asked me about my attitude toward Ukraine, and about my help to the Armed forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine. I was illegally detained on the premises of the “Izoliatsia” factory (4 Svietloho Puti Str.; a person named Denys Pavlovych, call-name “Pershyi’ (“First”), was in charge of that “MGB DPR base”); later I was transferred to the “MGB DPR” detention unit (Kobazeva Str., Donetsk).

We were kept in appalling conditions, there were no showers and lavatories; they would lock us in a so-called “jar” (tiny room), and in an isolation ward (a 1,5 by 2 m room equipped with video cameras) without windows, where blue color light was on 24 hours a day.

While being held captive I was tortured by electric shocks – they tied me to a metal table with an adhesive tape, put a sack on my head, and attached electrodes to my toes. They also resorted to psychological pressure. They threatened to take my husband to “MGB”. While I was in custody, I was involved in farm work on the premises of the factory – I tended for animals; I also had to tidy up the territory, and to unload vehicles.

In November 2017 I was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by the “DPR military tribunal”. I was provided with a lawyer, who regularly conducted negotiations with my children offering them to pay USD 1000 for my release from prison. Shortly before the court hearing, they replaced the lawyer with Sh.; she got USD 500 for members of the “MGB DPR” who allegedly put me in the exchange of captives’ list…”

12. Oleksii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 1091 days)

“… In December 2014 during my trip to Torez, Donetsk oblast, I was arrested at the checkpoint by persons, related to the so-called “Russian Cossacks”. I was accused of allegedly taking part in the revolutionary events that took place on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, and of allegedly being a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. None of the accusations is true.

For almost two months I had been kept in a street pit on the territory of the former Torez fire-fighting department and then I was transported to the basement of the former SSU building in Donetsk oblast (the base of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”). While in captivity, I was repeatedly interrogated by the representatives of the so-called “Public Prosecutor’s office” and “the DPR Ministry of State Security”: terrorists with the call-names “Ded”, “Iskander”, “Belaz”, “Yusik” (who have been recognized in the photo) . During interrogations, which lasted for about two hours, I was subjected to tortures and other means of physical pressure. I was tortured with an electric current and beaten with various wooden and iron objects. My sister received telephone threats from the representatives of the

DPR Ministry of State Security, who suggested her paying the ransom of 50 thousand dollars for my release…”

13. Anatolii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…While passing the so- called “grey zone” along Popasna-Pervomaisk highway on a bicycle, I was detained by the commander of the Russian terrorist battalion named after Platov (by the surname of Snohii) and his subordinates for allegedly carrying out reconnaissance activities. During my illegal captivity I was alternately kept at the headquarters of the illegal armed group named after Platov in Stahanov (the building of the Taxation office seized by terrorists), in “the LPR military police office” and in the pre-trial detention centre #3 of Krasnolutsk penitentiary #19.On trumped-up charges of “treason against LPR” I was sentenced to 13 years in prison (by Berestenko Yuliia, the judge of the LPR Ministry of State Security).

While in captivity, I was repeatedly subjected to battering, shooting imitations, abuse, intimidation, electric torture etc. They constantly threatened me to arrest my wife. In addition, when I was in “the LPR military police punishment cell”, I witnessed a captive, who was a Ukraine’s Armed Forces serviceman, being tortured: he was brought unconscious and was tortured for 24 hours…”

14. Hryhorii S. (civilian, was held captive for 391 days)

“In December 2016, when I was going home, some masked strangers knocked me down, put a sack on my head and brought me to the building of former of Donetsk militia department. There the so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” Harkovenko, Tymchak, Tserkovnikov and Tsukanov D.V., altogether with their chief Zaharov applied physical tortures (beatings and electrocution, threats of killing) and psychological pressure (threats to kill my relatives). During the interrogation the “LPR Ministry of Interior investigator” Hainutdynov forced me to sign prepared by him documents: a waiver of counsel, permit to conduct the search in my apartment and a surrender, in which I “confessed” of acts of sabotage on the territory of Donetsk (blowing up electricity supply networks, monument to Lenin and kiosks; preparations to blow up Donetsk TV tower and espionage for the benefit of Ukraine).
After that my “confessions” of aiding Ukrainian security services and my alleged acts of sabotage and blow-ups were filmed. I was taken to the forests where I had to show the hiding places with explosive materials. I was in advance instructed by the named above so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” on where and what to show and what to say in the video.

Personal responsibility for committed against me crimes is on the “employees of DPR General Prosecutor’s office” Klimenko, Kartseva and Lastovytska – in collusion with “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” they did acts aimed at my illegal detention in custody and non-disclosure of facts of tortures; the physician-in-chief of Donetsk regional Diagnostic Center Momot, who refused to issue documents to certify the traumas I got after being tortured by the “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior”; Khalabuzar – the chief of the detention center who destroyed the documents certifying my serious condition after interrogations by the “officers of the LPR Ministry of Interior”… .

15. Maxim I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 737 days)

“On capturing me the militants pierced my leg with a submachine gun ramrod and broke my right thumb. Though I was in pain, they took me to the basement of some building and continued to beat me (they fractured my skull, broke my ribs, knocked out my tooth and cut my chin badly.

Then I was moved to Donetsk, where I and my comrades-in-arms were beaten and imprisoned in the former building of the SSU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast at Shchorsa street. We were left without any food for 3 days.

The first interrogation was conducted by a man who told me that he was a serviceman of the RF Armed forces. Some days later he was joined by two more men. As it turned out then, both were from Rostov-on-Don, RF. These particular men were the cruelest at torturing Ukrainian captives.
I know that on December 29, 2015 a Ukrainian serviceman was killed – beaten to death – in the building where I was illegally kept…”

16. Volodymyr B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 711 days)

“… For the first six months I was held captive in the basement of former building of SBU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast, which was taken by militants, then I was at the so-called “DPR commandant’s office”. Since July 2016 I was illegally imprisoned in the cell of colony #97 at Makiivka. I will remember atrocity and cruelty I experienced there for all my life. I nearly lost my mind because of all the tortures, but psychological pressure was even more scaring than physical violence. Once the militants brought the picture of my children and forced me to give an interview for Russian TV channels “ОРТ”and “Live news”…”

17. Andrii H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“…The tortures lasted all night long, and in the morning they put plastic bags on our heads and took us to the premises of the former SSU

Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters” (military unit number 08816, commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname “Kotov” (according to militants). We were held in the basement in solitary cells, and in the cells near us there were militants detained for the breach of discipline.

While torturing us, an unknown person dressed in military uniform (I would guess he is about 30 years old), who called himself Hennadii, regularly offered to us to leave the Armed forces of Ukraine and to defect to the “DPR” militants’ side. I refused to do that. When we were in the commandant’s headquarters, unknown people in balaclava helmets interrogated us, and they recorded the process on video to show it to our relatives.

Later we were transferred to another cell in another wing of the basement in the above mentioned commandant’s headquarters building, where there were about 30 other captives from the Armed forces of Ukraine. In the cell there was a former serviceman of the volunteer Aidar Battalion named A. (about 40 years old, heavily-built, tattoos all over his body), who, according to my comrades, was a traitor, and he acted in propaganda videos to the benefit of the “DPR”, courtesy of O. Zhuravko, a former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine…”

18. Vasyl H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“… I was taken prisoner during the attack on the operating site of the Ukrainian troops by an illegal “DPR” secret subversive group. While we were in captivity, we regularly were threatened we would be killed, and during interrogations they resorted to strong arm tactics, beat us using different tools (truncheons, pliers, gas wrenches etc.)…”

19. Eduard N.(a civilian, was held captive for 401 days)

“…I was detained in Luhansk by the persons who introduced themselves as members of the staff of the DNR Ministry of State Security. During the interrogations they used methods of physical pressure (they struck my limbs with rubber batons and struck my head with books). They constantly threatened and insulted me. I was convicted by the LPR court martial for stirring up national hatred and high treason in the form of espionage for foreign country of Ukraine. They refused to give me a lawyer. There was a closed court session. Mrs. Polonskaia was the presiding judge. I know a person of the investigator, which is Mrs. Yulia Kostenko, I recognized her in the photo № 204…”

20. Viktor L.(a civilian, was held captive for 303 days)

“… I was detained by the collaborators of the pretended Ministry of State Security of the DPR on a charge of spying for Ukraine. Besides them there was a representative of FSB of the Russian Federation who escorted us while they were conveying me to Donetsk. He was driving a car with license plates of the Russian Federation.

I was put in irons, they put winter hat on my head, placed me in a car. From the words of escort persons I understood that they were carrying me to Budionovsk region of Donetsk. When we arrived, they took me into the building, did not put off my heat and put me to the wall with my legs apart. A person speaking with the Russian accent read out the following: “You should address your chief in the form like they are accustomed to address in prison, you’ll be fed twice a day and we’ll give you a piece of paper to write down your confession of being guilty. If you do not write it we’ll put one electric wire on your genitals (“the end”), put the second one in your rectum and put through the current…”

21. Yevhen S. (a civilian, was held captive for 855 days)

During my detention by the staff of the so-called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies”, I was handcuffed and put a dark sack on my head. The armed men took me to Komsomolske, Donetsk oblast, where I was held in the basement of the Kalmius hotel for 45 days. Every day I had been interrogated for about 6 hours, being subjected to physical and psychological abuse. In addition, following the torture, I was forced to sign a false confession admitting espionage in favour of Ukraine.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal” on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 12 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. I was also denied legal counsel.

Among people in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages: they are representatives of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” with the call-names “Alabai”, “Maior”, “Smerch”, “Machete”…”

22. Ivan T. (a civilian, was held captive for 932 days)

“… I was detained at a checkpoint during the inspection of my documents (the terrorists had a tablet with my photo and the information that I was allegedly a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine.) After my detention, I was taken to the building of the former Organized crime unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Donetsk, where I was kept for 8 days.

During interrogations, I was beaten, strangled, tortured with electric current and threatened with murder. I was tortured by “the head of intelligence department” Zakharov, the former officer of the special police force “Berkut” whose call-name was “Simba” and an investigator by the name of Ruslan. In September 2016 I witnessed the murder of a Ukrainian citizen Ch., who was tortured to death during interrogation. She was detained at the beginning of 2016 on suspicion of cooperation with the Supreme Court of Ukraine (the Armed forces of Ukraine) and was held in custody in the building of “guardhouse” (the former office of All-Ukrainian Union “Batkivshchyna” in Donetsk)…”

23. Mykhailo S. (a civilian, was held captive for 321 days)

“…I was detained in the so -called DPR district police department where I was invited as a supposed witness of a road traffic accident. After my being identified I understood that I had been detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security. I was handcuffed; they put a sack on my head made of dark cloth. Accompanied by three employees of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security I was delivered by Daewoo Lanos car to the third floor of an unknown building. The investigator proved that I had been detained for “having carried out espionage activities in Ukraine’s favor”. When interrogated I suffered physical (they battered my limbs) and psychological coercion (they intimidated me by execution, negative consequences for my relatives etc).
According to the “sentence” of the so- called DPR court-martial I was imprisoned for 10 years and had to serve my sentence in a correctional camp of strict regime. The court martial consisted of the following members (their names are decrypted from Russian): Tokarenko N. A. (chief justice), Strateichuk L. Z. (judge), Biriuchkov N. V. (secretary), Krotova I. V. (prosecutor). Besides, Yamanko V. F., “an investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security investigation branch”, was involved in framing up a criminal case against me”…

24. Oleksii K (a civilian, was held captive for 854 days)

“… In August of 2015 I was taken captive by the staff of the so -called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive at that time. Later on, after my detention, I was charged with espionage. I was interrogated by the RF Federal Security Service representatives (the group called “Hosti (guests)” that consisted of 5 persons) in the DPR Ministry of State Security located in Shevchenko boulevard. During interrogations the Russian secret service staff exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me; I was tested twice by means of a lie detector. Shaipov, “the military

prosecutor deputy” and Kilkeev, an “investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security”, were involved my being imprisoned, tortured, abused and convicted unlawfully…”

25. Ivan L. (a serviceman, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…On January 18, 2015, when conducting a combat operation near Spartak village of Donetsk oblast I had my tank damaged. Searching for possible way to withdraw I was injured and taken captive by the militants of “the Cossack union of the Great Don Army” unit (headed by a terrorist call named Batia). When in captivity I suffered from physical coercion a lot; they tried to get to know information concerning call names of the unit command staff, its dislocation, the overall strength of the personnel and ammunition. The terrorists call named Zaiets and Davyd, special representatives of the DPR Ministry of State Security staff, were involved in torturing me. I felt that those brutes suffered from psychological disorders, since they were pleased when captives felt pain and were crying when tortured…”

26. Andrii B. (serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…In May 2015, I was sent on a mission from ATO zone to Poltava oblast in order to detect faults in the military equipment our military unit had to receive. On our route we happened to encounter the checkpoint “Elenovka”, which was held by terrorists of the illegal armed units of the so-called “DPR”.

When I was held in captivity, a man who claimed to be the “DPR Ministry of State Security” lieutenant colonel named Roman Volodymyrovych talked to me five or six times. He didn’t take any interest in military-related issues, paying more attention to personal data. At our fourth meeting he suggested that I should cooperate with illegal armed group fighters in exchange for money and my release from captivity, intimidating to give me psychotropic drugs and to massacre my relatives. He was primarily concerned about information related to the military airfield in Chuhuiv. I turned down his offer point blank and was beaten brutally because of that. In my opinion this person is an employee of the RF FSB…”

27. Yevhen K. (a civilian, was held captive for 867 days)

“…I was detained in Donetsk by the armed men from among the so called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies” on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine. I was handcuffed, put a dark sack on my head and taken to an office block unknown to me. I was repeatedly subjected to means of physical and psychological pressure: I was beaten, abused, threatened with murder and grievous bodily harm. What is more, they

threatened to detain my wife “on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine” if I failed to cooperate with investigative bodies. By means of intimidation I was forced to give evidence, which was recorded by technical means, that I am the so called “Ukraine’s secret services militant, who has undergone training in Yavoriv landfill military base”. The RF citizens personally involved in torture are employees of RF Federal Security Service in Kostroma “Mayor Aleksei” and “captain Krasavchik” (Rus.), who personally tortured me, using a shocker and smothering me with a plastic bag etc.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 16 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. People mentioned below were the members of the so-called “Military tribunal” (the surnames and initials are indicated in Russian): presiding judge – Odehova I. A.; judges – Strateichuk L. Z., Smelik S. G.; secretaries – Zhuk D. S., Smirnov A. V.; prosecutors – Alekseev A. M., Tsymmer V. A., Shailov R. R…”

28. Oleksandr N. (a civilian, was held captive for 925 days)

“…I was detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Novoazovsk of Donetsk oblast (the territory that is temporarily occupied by the RF). When in captivity I was addressed to by the RF Federal Security Service representative (he called himself “Ivan” and promised to improve the conditions of my illegal detention) who asked me to give an interview to the Russian mass media and tell them that “I had undergone special diversionary training in the camps on the territory of Ukraine, in Yavoriv training center in particular, and was instructed by foreigners”. I was interrogated in Donetsk by Stabrov, “the DPR Ministry of State Security major”. The interrogations lasted for 2, sometimes 12-13 hours. During interrogations they exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me (I was tortured and beaten regularly). In the course of such “measures” my witnessing was videotaped. Moreover, my relatives were threatened and blackmailed (they were told that in case of their refusal to come to Donetsk I would be killed or tortured to death). I’d like to admit, that while being held in prison of the DPR Ministry of State Security I witnessed a lot how they beat and employed tortures against a captured Ukrainian serviceman Yevhenii G.…”

29. Anatolii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 615 days)

“…In April of 2015 I was taken captive by the subversive reconnaissance group consisting of the LPR IAG militants (approximately 12-13 persons). I was hit on my head and lost my consciousness as a result of it.

Me and other captives were detained in wards situated in the basement of a multistoried house in the vicinity of the “commandant’s office of the IAG militants” (in the building of the former registry office of Luhansk). The guards wore the RF AF uniform. Almost at once they offered me to work for the “LPR IAF” and promised a “fair wage”. As I had refused, they started intimidating and torturing me. The following persons took part in torturing captives and prisoners (they were recognized in the photo): “colonel Yakubov”, the chief of Luhansk commandant’s office, “first lieutenant Savelieva, the pretrial investigator” and “captain Bielochka (a call name), who boasted of having been a sniper and having murdered Ukrainian warriors in person…”

30. Oleksii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… In April of 2016 when heading for the rotation in the ATO area we got off the course and drove out accidentally to the DPR IAF checkpoint; I was taken captive there.
On the same day we were bought to O. Zakharchenko’s garage. He talked to us in person and then he tore away my insignia. Next day we were conveyed to the DPR Ministry of State Security building (the former Donetsk SSU department, chief torture chamber of Russian terrorists); we were detained in its basement during two months. When in captivity I was beaten almost every day with rubber truncheons…”
31. Leonid S. (a civilian, was held captive for 509 days)

“… I was captured while I was trying to move from Debaltseve, Donetsk oblast, to the territory under Ukraine’s jurisdiction. So-called “offices of the DPR Ministry of State Security” beat me right on the place; they put a bag on my head, placed me in handcuffs and took me to the bus, punching me on the way. I was taken, as I realized later, to the former factory of insulation materials (5, Svitloho Shliakhu street, Donetsk). There, in the office building, there is a “private prison” with a torture ward in the basement; there is another ward with three plank beds placed one above the other and no toilet. On the walls there are surveillance cameras, besides, acoustic surveillance is provided. On the ground floor of the building, there are 11 wards for the detained persons. There is a special ward where straw men are placed to get information. Besides, I was interrogated at the

premises of the so-called Ministry of State Security (76, Shevchenka street, Donetsk). During the interrogations they used electric shocker, battered me, humiliated, attempted to rape, exerted moral and psychological pressure, threatened to torture my relatives.

“Courts-martial”, a “DPR Supreme Court”, accused me of “spying” in favour of “enemy state Ukraine”. During “the court investigation” I was offered “advocation” by Valerii Mykolaiovych Usenko. But as far as I know, Valerii Usenko cooperates with so-called “DPR law enforcement officers”, and they work together to extort money from the relatives of the “accused” in the course of the preliminary investigation before “the guilty verdict” is passed. The “investigator” who conducted “preliminary investigation” in the DPR Ministry of State Security was Vieklov Oleksii Yuriiovych, who tortured hostages together with the chief of the

“DPR Ministry of State Security local office in Debaltsevo” whose name is Dmytro (call name Khrest) and his accomplice Vitalii (call name Shved).

Other persons who conducted tortures of Ukrainian citizens at the factory of insulation materials and at the “correctional facility № 97” are: Serhii Pavlovych (“Palych”), Andrii (“Slipyi”), Yurii (“Tovstyi”); Vasyl Yevdokimov (“Lenin”, “the senior” in the private prison); V.V. Trubitsyn (chief of the pretrial detention centre, sub-colonel); Mark Kholin, Dmytro Niemtsov and Mail Ohly Niporan (all of them are “officers of the correctional facility № 97”).

All the above mentioned persons tried to beat out of me false confession that I was involved in spying. They forced me to fake evidence against myself. Thus, Dmyto (“Khrest”), the “DPR Ministry of State Security officer”, suggested that I should write a letter exactly as told by him. Notably, that I allegedly noted down the data about the dislocation of military equipment, as well as disposition and maneuvers of the illegal armed forces, and then transferred the data to the Security Service of Ukraine. After that, he appropriated my notebook containing the text which I wrote down. Later, when my car was being searched, they found that notebook, which became one of the evidence proving my guilt. In case I wrote that text, “Khrest’ promised that I would be immediately swapped, but if I refused, I would be tortured again.
In December, 2016, while they were recording me on the video in one of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” office rooms, I was offered to read out a pre-prepared text following a pre-arranged scenario. In particular, that I was a SSU undercover agent and transferred information about temporary occupied territories (disposition of the military equipment, armament and

illegal armed forces). Besides, I allegedly received letters with the enclosed photos of the SSU officers whom I, as they thought, worked with. Meanwhile, those letters had no enclosed photos of the SSU officers at all. I called for camera the names which were told to me in advance…”

32. Oleksandr O. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1059 days)

“…I was taken captive in February 2015. While moving in a car along Rostov highway towards Artemivsk we got under fire from terrorists’ ambush. I was wounded, got a shell shock and lost consciousness. When I came to myself I saw some men who had the insignia of the Armed forces of Ukraine – yellow ribbons on their sleeves. When I asked them what they were doing, why were they shooting at us, we were from Ukrainian army too, they said that they were the servicemen from RF. While in captivity I got to know military ranks and call names of Russian servicemen:

‒ “colonel” Gorelov Ihor Volodymyrovich, “Goga”, the curator of the “Commandant’s regiment commanding officer”:

‒ “Commandant regiment Chief of staff, lieutenant colonel, call name Kurgan”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Tahirov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on rear services support of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Karpov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on armament of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “the chief of the subsistence support service, major, call name Kolyvan”;

While in captivity I was regularly tortured, suffered from physical and psychological pressure; once I was even tortured before the eyes of the leader of Donetsk terrorists O. Zakharchenko, who then ordered to execute me – there was a mock execution with firing above the head…’

33. Valerii R. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… On the first day I was interrogated by the leader of pro-Russian terrorists O. Zakharchenko himself, and for the next four days – by an officer of RF Armed forces, who was in “balaclava”. I suffered physical and psychological pressure, was beaten during the interrogations. I was even suggested to kill my comrade in return for freedom. They tried to obtain information on the call names of our commanding officers, our location and number of personnel, and also on our weaponry. As a result of tortures I was forced to sign the protocol stating that I was an enemy artillery fire spotter for the Armed forces of Ukraine…”

34. Oleksandr I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 614 days)

“…After I was taken prisoner, they put a sack on my head, placed me in a car and brought to Debaltseve. I was kept in a basement of some building which I didn’t see because the windows were welded up. During interrogations conducted by the terrorists – members of the so-called “DPR State Security Ministry” they always resorted to strong-arm tactics. I didn’t see who battered me because there was a sack on my head, and I don’t remember how many times they battered me.
They made an attempt to recruit me. In Debaltsevo, a Major (I don’t know his name, he was wearing a balaclava helmet, was about 190 cm in height, physically fit, 30-40 years old) many times offered me to become an “MGB DPR” agent, and for that he promised to stop tortures and even to pay a big sum of money. In case I agreed, he planned to free me from detention as a “hero”. After that, I had to assist in capturing the commander of my squadron senior lieutenant T. I refused to do that…”

35. Mykola I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 776 days)

“…While being captive, I was regularly tortured and beaten in my head, legs, and back. They demanded that I say right to the camera that servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine were involved in the crimes against the people of the Donbass. A former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine Zhuravko O.V. was personally filming that, and he gave me the text which he had written. To his opinion, I was reading the text in a temperate manner, so he ordered to punch me in the face several times, which was done by the members of the so-called “MGB DPR”…

36. Yevhen Ch. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1047 days)

“…In February 2015, while I was fulfilling a combat mission to support infantry squads of the Armed forces of Ukraine, I was taken prisoner by a group of Russian militants – members of illegal armed groups.

During interrogations in the so-called “MGB DPR” they knocked my teeth out, and this was done in the presence of the “DPR Defense Minister” Kononov. By resorting to physical abuse and threats (they threatened to kill my mother and to rape my sister), they made me give a fake interview and say that I refused from prisoner exchange and wished to stay in the “DPR”. Two officers of the Russian Federation secret services (they spoke with a strongly marked “Moscow” accent) participated in the tortures…”

37. Oleksandr L. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1083 days)

In February 2015 we fell into the ambush near the village Logvinovo of Donetsk region. The road was blocked with the ammunition boxes, the anti-tank mines were planting around them so it was impossible to turn back the car and go in the opposite direction. When the car stopped they began firing. My right hand finger was wounded with shrapnel and I got a bullet wound in my right hand. Having left the car, I crawled away as far as possible. They stopped firing. Someone struck on my helmet and said: “Don’t move or you’ll be shot down”.
We were motionless when the militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR confiscated our arms, documents, helmets, bullet-proof vests and cut off our insignia

They gave me order to get the killed serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine out of the overturned KAMAZ that was under bombardment, put him into the shell-hole and lie down with him to be shot. The terrorists fired the machine guns over head and had a laugh. Approximately half an hour later car URAL arrived to take us. When we were approaching the car, one old man came to us. The militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR exclaimed:” Grandpa, they are those Yanks who fired at you”. This old man took a stick that looked like a spade handle and started hitting my head with it until it broke. While I was climbing the lorry they struck blows on my back and my legs with a gun butt. In the car I was lying on the floor.

We arrived into one village where they moved us into the luggage boot of another car and put us in fetters. They brought us to Maiskaia street where the Nova Poshta former branch office once was situated and now it was occupied by the unit of Russian terrorists of Don Cossacks. They beat and interrogated us. When a man in charge of the illegal armed unit under the call name OPER arrived, they already knew that one of the Ukrainian serviceman had been decorated with the order of Bohdan Khmelnitskyi Third Class. He and some other wounded soldiers were shot by OPER’s order.
I was interrogated by OPER in 10 persons’ presence. Then they forced us to grant interview to Live News. The journalists of this channel gave us text which stated that units of the Armed forces of Ukraine were not activated, that special blocking teams opened fire targeting those soldiers who were going to retreat. After our conversation with the journalists we were imprisoned in the basement of the unknown building where the militants from the illegal armed unit of the DPR call named Cheka, Shchuka, Milioner, Tesak and commandant Botsman used to beat and humiliate us…”

38. Mykola N. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 647 days)

“…I was taken captive in March 2015. That day I was buying some milk from a local resident of Zaitsevo settlement in Donetsk region who lived near our fighting position. I tasted milk before buying and then lost consciousness. When I regained consciousness I could not understand where I was and saw an armed person beside me. I took him for a friendly person. When we came in the building and started talking I realized that I was in captivity of the terrorists. They beat me and put into the car and brought as I suppose to Horlivka. There they again beat me and interrogated. The same day they brought me to Donetsk and put into the building of the former regional department of SBU where they were keeping me for a month. After my arriving there they interrogated and beat me. In the course of interrogation the terrorists tried to get information about the location of our artillery and equipment. On the third day of my captivity in the building of the former regional department of SBU in Donetsk they took me to the interrogation where they gave me the text of an interview and made me read it on video camera. Hudiakov Yevhen, the senior lieutenant was the person who with extreme cruelty tortured me and other Ukrainian captives”…

39. Taras G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 279 days)

“…I was taken captive when conducting combat operations – reconnaissance and determination of the hostile fire units’ location. However the adversary started shelling our group. As I had disoriented myself afield, I fell down into the entrenchment with two terrorists inside it (they were Don Cossacks). When I was trying to use my personal weapon, the third terrorist, who had approached me from behind, hit me at my back. They took away my machine gun, tied my hands and brought me to their APC-60 that carried us to Kalynove settlement. When they detained me and were transporting me to the place of destination they were constantly beating me with their upper and lower limbs and a knife handle. In Kalynove settlement I was interrogated by “the chief of the 6th motor rifle unit” call named “Poltinnik”. He wanted to get to know the information concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian AF units, artillery, provisions supply battalions, weapons and equipment.

In the course of interrogations and “by his order”, his subordinates (Don Cossacks) were beating me. Then I was taken to the “military commandant’s office” (located in 40, Gastello str., Artemivk district of Luhansk). I was brought into a one-place room there situated in the basement. On the same day I was taken for interrogations by 9 “persons”, 6

of them were “guards”, three others conducted interrogations. They were hiding their faces and called themselves “russkiie (Russians)”. When interrogated, I understood they were from “Kupol (dome) or K unit”. Some of them had a sleeve insignia that looked like a split church dome against the black colored background with no inscriptions. “Kupols” interrogated me twice or thrice a day exerting physical pressure upon me, using an electric shocker, applying electric current from the “TA -57” telephone set and beat me with rubber truncheons. They did these things with the aim to make me confess to my having been involved in favoring the activities of secret services of Ukraine, the SSU in particular. They abused and tortured me when I refused to learn or say aloud the text that had been given to me during another interrogation while they were taping videos for the occupational Mass Media.

While carrying out household activities (cleaning premises etc.), I got an opportunity to learn the list of IAF representatives who served in the “military commandant’s office” in 40, Gastello str., Artemivsk district of Luhansk (their leave and duty rosters etc.) and were involved in torturing Ukrainian captives:

— “commandant, lieutenant colonel” Zhyronkin Leonid Oleksandrovych (according to other IAF members, a former SSU employee);

— “chief of staff, major” Navrotsky Viacheslav Ivanovych;
— “deputy commander for morale & welfare, lieutenant” Kyryliuk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (has got a coloured tattoo of a scorpi on his right shoulder);

— “lieutenant” Akhmetshyn Oleksandr Yuriiovych;
— “lieutenant” Koshelenko Serhii Romanovych (“Kosheliok”);

— “warrant officer” Bazalii Hennadii Serhiiovych (“Baza”), who took part in “combat actions” with call name “Malysh” (approximately in 2015);

— “chief of military detention, senior warrant officer” Protas Andrii Serhiiovych, who took part in “combat actions” of 2014, then served as a “personal guard’ of Plotnytsky;

— “chief of the department of crime prevention, senior lieutenant” Sorokina Liubov Semenivna;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Grachova Yuliia Yevheniivna. Her husband’s father was “the LPR military commandant, colonel” Grachov;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Leonov Serhii Hryhorovych;

— “senior lieutenant” Turkin Hennadii Mykolaiovych (“Afgan”), was

transferred to “the 2nd RF AF AC staff” presumably to the “department of morale and welfare”;

— “in charge of armament, deputy commandant, colonel” Synelnyk Volodymyr Vasyliovych (is over weight);

— “captain, assistant commandant for support (since September of 2017) ”Honcharov Yevhen Valentynovych (has got a mustache), in December of 2017 he was shifted to the “commandant’s office” of Zhovtnevyi district in Luhansk;

— “lieutenant” Bublyk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (or Mykolaiovych);

— “senior lieutenant, chief of the commandant’s platoon, assistant commandant for support (since December of 2017)” Kalinin Vitalii Vasyliovych;

— “soldier ”Bozhenko Oleksii Hennadiiovych (is overweight);
— “soldier” Kravtsov Andrii Yuriiovych, has got a tattoo of a canopy on his shoulder typical of paratroopers and a tattoo with “Za VDV (For air borne forces)” inscription on his little finger;

— “senior soldier (probably, sergeant)” Handzii Serhii;
— “lieutenant (probably, senior lieutenant), chief of staff deputy” Korotukhin Oleksii (Artem)…

40. Volodymyr G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 739 days)

“…Immediately after being taken captive my uniform, military card and belongings were taken way, I was left just in my underclothes. In some a minivan arrived at the checkpoint and in 15-20 minutes I was taken to the basement of an unknown building. There I was tortured and threatened of being killed. Tortures went on for the whole night. In the morning, with a plastic bag on my head, I was transferred to the premises of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters”(commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname Kotov (according to militants).

In half a year all the captives, who were at the “commandant’s headquarters” (34 men) were transferred to prison in Makiivka – (western correctional facility), in which we stayed until released from captivity. In September 2017, about a year and a half after I was taken captive, the detention center was visited by the representatives of the so-called “investigative department of DPR General Prosecutor’s office”. They charged me with “collaboration with terrorists”. I denied “the charges”, and that was included into the “transcript of interrogation”.

While I was in captivity I suffered grievous bodily harm: my two left ribs were broken, I had a left ear contusion as a result of beatings and after a shot was made close to the left side of my head…”

41. Oleksandr T. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 702 days)

“After taken captive I was transferred to the township of Mykolaivka and handed over to the representatives of Russian armed terrorist group “3rd battalion of Slavic brigade” – to the “colonel with a call-name “Starshina” and to his aid with a call-name “Mal’ok”. I was immediately hit into the face with a submachine gun butt, then I was kicked, beaten with rubber truncheons and I was unable to cover myself as I was handcuffed. I lost consciousness of pain and came to myself in Donetsk. I was imprisoned in “military unit 08816” (Donetsk, Molodizhna street). In Donetsk I was interrogated by an employee of FSB of RF and by employees of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”. Interrogations were conducted according to one scenario – at first they forced to confess of crimes against civilians and then they beat me cruelly – my rib was broken and I had my teeth knocked out…”

42. Mykola H. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1051 days)

“…I was illegally kept imprisoned in the prison of Russian terrorists “correctional facility #97” in Makiivka, Donetsk oblast. All this time they either forced me to sign the “confession of crimes against Donetsk people” or suggested joining the militants of illegal armed groups. They didn’t hide the fact that though the salary of militants was not high, they could loot the locals, suspected of having sympathy towards Ukraine, without being punished. I suffered from physical and psychological tortures. I was regularly tortured by Shapovalov A.A. – “deputy head of imprisonment sector”, call-name “Nimets” (I recognize him in picture #67)…

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES of UKRAINE

BY MATERIALS of THE SECURITY SERVICE OF UKRAINE

EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE ORDLO TERRITORIES, ON THE MILITARY AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AGAINST UKRAINE, INHUMAN DETENTION CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL ABUSE, TORTURE AND MORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HUMILIATION

1. Oleksandr D. (civilian, was held captive for 905 days)

“… At the end of 2015 I was taken prisoner by pro-Russian militiamen for an attempted “illegal crossing of the border” between Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk Oblast, near Heorhiivka. I was brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department on Bauman street. I was photographed, and my interrogation was captured on video. The interrogation was conducted by a representative of the so-called “Counterintelligence Department of the DPR State Security Ministry (MGB DPR)” (I recognize him on photo #140), and the “head of the Military Counterintelligence Department”, call- name “David”, who was personally in charge of interrogations and beatings of the hostages (I recognize him on photo #167). Besides, on photo #79 I have identified a pro-Russian militiaman, an “armed escort member” who guarded the hostages kept in the fuel and lubricant warehouse. In six months, I was transferred to the basement of Donetsk Regional State Administration building. During two months I was held captive in some office room, and three months later I was transferred to the prison camp #97 in Makiivka.

While being illegally held captive, I was beaten severely and deprived of food many times. They organized mock executions, firing weapons at me. The “commanding officer of the DPR separate commandant’s regiment” V. Anosov and his wife “major” Anosova were particularly cruel – they regularly tortured the hostages and captive servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and abused their dignity…”

2-3. Artem A. and Vladyslav O. (civilians, were held captive for 444 days)

“…We were taken prisoners by the so-called “officers of the MGB DPR” in the Teatralna Square in October 2016, in full view of dozens of people, and were brought to the building of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department (79 Radianska Str., Luhansk). The terrorists accused us of having been in contact with servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and with volunteers from “Asov Battalion”, to whom we communicated

information on the disposition of units the Russian Federation regular troops on the temporarily occupied territories in Luhansk Oblast. Besides, they found a video of burning a flag of the so-called “LPR” in Vladyslav’s telephone.

Starting with the first interrogation, which lasted from 12:00 to 22:00, we were both beaten and underwent psychological pressure (threats, humiliations). Physical abuse (beatings, electric shocks, suffocation using plastic bags) and threats to cut off limbs, fingers in particular, are a key tool in the activities of the so-called “MGB LPR”, and each of us experienced them.

Later we were convicted of “treason through conniving [with the enemy]” and “desecration of the state symbols of the LPR”.

The fake trial was organized personally by the following supporters of terrorists: the “LPR Military Tribunal judge” Lunha A.H., the clerk of the court Dokukina L.I., Deputy Head of the Department of Prosecutor-General’s Office of LPR Kozlov M.V.”.

Among those who personally tortured Ukrainian hostages, and were involved in our illegal detention, are the ones whom we recognize in the photos: Rohovenko S. (call-name “Tunhuz”, a former law- enforcement officer, currently an “officer of the MGB LPR”); Kovaliov L., a “Major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Borets”; Denys, call-name ”John”, an “officer of the MGB LPR”, graduated from Luhansk National Agrarian University; “major of justice” Manuilova Yu., a “forensic specialist of the MGB LPR Investigative Department”, a former officer of the Investigative Branch of Luhansk Regional Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine”; “colonel of justice” Petrenko B., currently “head of the MGB LPR Investigative Arm”, a former officer of the SSU Luhansk Regional Department; “major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Frol”, who tortured the hostages with obsessive cruelty. Besides, the “officer of the MGB LPR” Denys, call-name ”John” (I would guess he is 25 years old, 180 -185 cm in height, fair-haired, has a tattoo “За ВДВ” on his left hand) repeatedly persuaded us to commit a terrorist act on the territory of Ukraine in exchange for a possibility to return to Luhansk…”

4. Valerii R. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 890 days)

“…At the beginning of April 2016, when the convoy was moving to the place of rotation, we were ambushed; as a result of it our car (the last in the convoy) was damaged by the anti -armor grenade launcher and seized by Russian terrorists. I was taken to the occupied territory by the militants and brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department

situated in Bauman street. At once I was accused of having conducted terrorist activities on the territory of Donetsk oblast. In the course of interrogations which were held 2-3 times a week I coerced psychological pressure (they beat me with legs and a rubber stick; they applied a current from my old mobile phone), they promised to cut off my arms. The staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security took away my mobile phone; they presumably called my brother from it and informed him of my having deserted to terrorists. Moreover, they called my niece and threatened her with physical violence. The terrorists employed tortures against a captured serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine call named “R” by means of filing his teeth; they stabbed both legs of a Ukraine’s AF serviceman call named “H”.

For three months I had been held in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department and then I was taken to the prison settlement #97 in Makiivka. In October 2017, I was attended by the DPR Ministry of State Security investigators who accused me of “having aided terrorists and adjusted fire” and “promised” to imprison me for 20-30 years…”.

5. Oleksandr F. (a civilian, was held captive for 723 days)

“… I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Makiivka of Donetsk Oblast. They found symbols of Ukraine and the EU in the course of a search that resulted in my being captured. Soon afterwards I was brought to the room #302 in the building of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security (Donetsk, Shevchenko str., 26), where I was interrogated for the first time and coerced beatings and intimidation. I was interrogated by the following “special investigative agents”: Horbokon (call named “Niemets”), Biloborodko (call named “Monomakh”) and Yefimovych who demanded that I should confirm my membership in Ukrainian patriotic organizations. I was held captive by the DPR Ministry of State Security bodies for three months; first I was held in a non-heated lock- up garage (though it was winter), then I was brought to the former archives office that had been turned into a torture chamber by terrorists. The guards and the staff of the DPR Ministry of State Security abused hostages all the time (beat them with their hands, legs and rubber cues). Trubitsyn, “the chief” of the pre -trial detention center, and Kholin, “a criminal investigative agent”, turned to be the cruelest.

In August 2016, I was convicted by Donetsk inter -regional court in Makiivka, then by the DPR court martial. I remember the representatives of prosecution involved in fraud for obtaining judgment: Kilkieev and Orlova, investigators, Maksymova, a judge in Makiivka, Strateichuk and Odegov, court martial judges, Serhieev and Maksymov, the prosecutors. Mykyta

Kiosev (the head of “Moloda Respublika (Young Republic)” terrorist civil organization) and Hryhorii Zinovyk (a functionary of the students’ trade-union committee), considered informants and provocateurs, as well as the above mentioned “criminal investigative agents of the DPR Ministry of State Security” acted as witnesses.

I served my “sentence” in the penitentiary #27 (Horlivka, Nemyrovych-Danchenko str.). I was tortured there personally by Oleksandr Liashenko, “the head of penitentiary”, his relative and “the deputy head” at the same time Dmytro Liashenko and Dmytro Verych, a “criminal investigative agent”. Just before the hostage handover, on December 25, 2017 in particular, the Liashenkos, being drunken sadists, beat and abused me from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m.…”.

6. Oleksandr A. (a civilian, was held captive for 848 days)

“… I was taken hostage by the representatives of the armed Russian-terrorist group “Sparta” and the so-called “military police officers” who accused me of “treason against DPR”. For some time, I was held in a basement, where I was interrogated five times. Each interrogation had lasted on average for about two or three hours. At the same time, I was subjected to physical abuse – I was beaten with hands, legs, rubber truncheons and a butt of an assault rifle. As a result of a torture, I was left disabled. One of the interrogations was filmed by a “blogger” Zhurabka for the Russian agitation visual. Later, I and other hostages were attended by representatives of Russian TV channels “NTV” and “Russia 24” who interviewed prisoners and filmed the conditions of their compulsory detention. At the same time, “journalists” instructed the hostages to give them the correct answers.

The main torture chamber of the “DPR” was located in the premises of the former archive of the Donetsk SSU Department, which was captured by terrorists in 2014. The hostages were placed on the racks for paper; there was no lavatory, linen and running water. Only in two years’ time terrorists finally legalized my detention: by the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the DPR “a preventive measure in the form of keeping in custody was taken against me”. At the same time, I was banned from legal counsel and they refused to grant me visiting permits.

Among the terrorists in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages. One of them is the head of the 3rd DPR Intelligence Department with a call-name Zaiats (he personally conducted interrogations in the presence of two officers of the RF secret services, who asked questions concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of anti-terrorist operation, the number of personnel and military machinery); another one is Artem, Zaiats’s subordinate, a former employee

of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, who previously served in one of Donetsk regional police departments (he is mercantile and interested in personal enrichment); the third one is Zombi (he used to be a dog handler in Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs special police force “Berkut”)…

7. Denys B. (a civilian, was held captive for 390 days)

“… At the exit of my house, I was knocked down, put a sack on my head and handcuffed. I was also charged with “betrayal of my homeland and “Russkaia vesna” ideals” as well as espionage in favour of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the building of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” in Donetsk (26, Shevchenko St.) they tortured me and smothered me with a plastic bag until they got to know my Twitter account password. They threatened me with physical abuse – to cut off my limbs, to rape me, to execute me by shooting or bury me alive in a pit in a forest. I was also subjected to all sorts of humiliation and threatened to be put into a lime pit. All the torturers were wearing masks (balaklavas), but during the interrogation I heard one terrorist’s call-name – “Yakut”.

On the basis of evidence extracted from me under torture I was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the so- called “Supreme Court of DPR”. People, personally liable for my unlawful imprisonment and fabrication of my criminal case are: Yamanko, a crime scene investigator working for the “DPR Ministry of State Security”; “judges” Tokarenko, Strateichuk and Odehov; Idiatulin, DPR Ministry of State Security criminal investigator; and Bairachnyi, deputy Prosecutor General of DPR.

8. Roman S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 189 days)

“Our security checkpoint was attacked by a sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Russian occupational troops. There were 16 men there, all dressed in the uniform of the Russian Army. Three Ukrainian fighters were killed and I was taken captive during the fight. I was kept prisoner at the high security prison # 97 (Makiyivka, Donetsk oblast). I was frequently tortured during interrogations. Once I was interrogated by O. Zakharchenko in person. That was hardly an interrogation – swear words, shouting and intimidation of sexual assaults all the time; I think he was under drugs. After the interrogation Zakharchenko ordered his inferiors to kill me (it was a mock execution). I don’t know where exactly the interrogation took place because while in captivity I was always transported with a sack on my head”…

9. Serhii S. (civilian, was held captive for 448 days)

“…I was detained by the militants of illegal armed groups of the so called “LPR” in September 2016 while crossing the delimitation line. They accused

me of cooperation with the Armed forces of Ukraine. All the time I was kept in the basement of the former building of SSU regional department in Luhansk oblast. On the premises of that building there were stationed not only local militants but also the units of the RF Army, including officers of the Russian military intelligence (I saw them and heard their conversations). I was interrogated several times. All the interrogations were held with the use of physical violence, they tortured me using electric current, kicked me and humiliated. I was a witness to a murder of one of the captives – Andrij K. – by the “LPR” militants…

10. Ihor S. (a civilian, was held captive for 824 days)

“…I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city of Donetsk. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive. In two months’ time I got to know that I had been charged with espionage. For two years I had been held illegally in the “pretrial detention centre of the DPR Ministry of State Security” (located in Kobozev street, 4) . After the trial that looked like the one of Stalin’s epoch of the thirties, the previous century, I was imprisoned in the penitentiary #32 of Donetsk oblast. Shaipov, the so-called DPR deputy prosecutor, and Kilkeev, an investigator, were involved in framing up a criminal case against me.

The convoy from the DPR Ministry of State Security staff accompanied me to the interrogations. There were five representatives of the RF Federal Security Service (the group called “Hosti (guests)”) who conducted interrogations in the DPR Ministry of State Security building in Shevchenko boulevard. When interrogated I coerced physical and psychological pressure: they tortured me a lot and threatened both me and my family members…”

11. Halyna H. (civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…I worked in the local Municipal Polyclinic. In October 2016, the Chief Doctor called me into his office, where there were present two members of the “MGB DPR”. In their identity documents there were only photographs without any identification data. Further I learned that one man’s name was Vitalii, call-name “Shved” (“Swede”), and another man’s name was Dmytro.

They searched my workplace and visually inspected my mobile phone. They also searched my house and confiscated my computer equipment. I was charged with pro-Ukrainian views.

“Shved” and his colleague brought me to the “MGB DPR” (Tarasa Shevchenka Str., Donetsk). I was interrogated for about an hour by an “MGB DPR” investigator A. Lozinskyi. During interrogations I underwent a

polygraph test. The polygraphist – a Russian Federation citizen – asked me about my attitude toward Ukraine, and about my help to the Armed forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine. I was illegally detained on the premises of the “Izoliatsia” factory (4 Svietloho Puti Str.; a person named Denys Pavlovych, call-name “Pershyi’ (“First”), was in charge of that “MGB DPR base”); later I was transferred to the “MGB DPR” detention unit (Kobazeva Str., Donetsk).

We were kept in appalling conditions, there were no showers and lavatories; they would lock us in a so-called “jar” (tiny room), and in an isolation ward (a 1,5 by 2 m room equipped with video cameras) without windows, where blue color light was on 24 hours a day.

While being held captive I was tortured by electric shocks – they tied me to a metal table with an adhesive tape, put a sack on my head, and attached electrodes to my toes. They also resorted to psychological pressure. They threatened to take my husband to “MGB”. While I was in custody, I was involved in farm work on the premises of the factory – I tended for animals; I also had to tidy up the territory, and to unload vehicles.

In November 2017 I was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by the “DPR military tribunal”. I was provided with a lawyer, who regularly conducted negotiations with my children offering them to pay USD 1000 for my release from prison. Shortly before the court hearing, they replaced the lawyer with Sh.; she got USD 500 for members of the “MGB DPR” who allegedly put me in the exchange of captives’ list…”

12. Oleksii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 1091 days)

“… In December 2014 during my trip to Torez, Donetsk oblast, I was arrested at the checkpoint by persons, related to the so-called “Russian Cossacks”. I was accused of allegedly taking part in the revolutionary events that took place on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, and of allegedly being a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. None of the accusations is true.

For almost two months I had been kept in a street pit on the territory of the former Torez fire-fighting department and then I was transported to the basement of the former SSU building in Donetsk oblast (the base of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”). While in captivity, I was repeatedly interrogated by the representatives of the so-called “Public Prosecutor’s office” and “the DPR Ministry of State Security”: terrorists with the call-names “Ded”, “Iskander”, “Belaz”, “Yusik” (who have been recognized in the photo) . During interrogations, which lasted for about two hours, I was subjected to tortures and other means of physical pressure. I was tortured with an electric current and beaten with various wooden and iron objects. My sister received telephone threats from the representatives of the

DPR Ministry of State Security, who suggested her paying the ransom of 50 thousand dollars for my release…”

13. Anatolii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…While passing the so- called “grey zone” along Popasna-Pervomaisk highway on a bicycle, I was detained by the commander of the Russian terrorist battalion named after Platov (by the surname of Snohii) and his subordinates for allegedly carrying out reconnaissance activities. During my illegal captivity I was alternately kept at the headquarters of the illegal armed group named after Platov in Stahanov (the building of the Taxation office seized by terrorists), in “the LPR military police office” and in the pre-trial detention centre #3 of Krasnolutsk penitentiary #19.On trumped-up charges of “treason against LPR” I was sentenced to 13 years in prison (by Berestenko Yuliia, the judge of the LPR Ministry of State Security).

While in captivity, I was repeatedly subjected to battering, shooting imitations, abuse, intimidation, electric torture etc. They constantly threatened me to arrest my wife. In addition, when I was in “the LPR military police punishment cell”, I witnessed a captive, who was a Ukraine’s Armed Forces serviceman, being tortured: he was brought unconscious and was tortured for 24 hours…”

14. Hryhorii S. (civilian, was held captive for 391 days)

“In December 2016, when I was going home, some masked strangers knocked me down, put a sack on my head and brought me to the building of former of Donetsk militia department. There the so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” Harkovenko, Tymchak, Tserkovnikov and Tsukanov D.V., altogether with their chief Zaharov applied physical tortures (beatings and electrocution, threats of killing) and psychological pressure (threats to kill my relatives). During the interrogation the “LPR Ministry of Interior investigator” Hainutdynov forced me to sign prepared by him documents: a waiver of counsel, permit to conduct the search in my apartment and a surrender, in which I “confessed” of acts of sabotage on the territory of Donetsk (blowing up electricity supply networks, monument to Lenin and kiosks; preparations to blow up Donetsk TV tower and espionage for the benefit of Ukraine).
After that my “confessions” of aiding Ukrainian security services and my alleged acts of sabotage and blow-ups were filmed. I was taken to the forests where I had to show the hiding places with explosive materials. I was in advance instructed by the named above so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” on where and what to show and what to say in the video.

Personal responsibility for committed against me crimes is on the “employees of DPR General Prosecutor’s office” Klimenko, Kartseva and Lastovytska – in collusion with “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” they did acts aimed at my illegal detention in custody and non-disclosure of facts of tortures; the physician-in-chief of Donetsk regional Diagnostic Center Momot, who refused to issue documents to certify the traumas I got after being tortured by the “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior”; Khalabuzar – the chief of the detention center who destroyed the documents certifying my serious condition after interrogations by the “officers of the LPR Ministry of Interior”… .

15. Maxim I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 737 days)

“On capturing me the militants pierced my leg with a submachine gun ramrod and broke my right thumb. Though I was in pain, they took me to the basement of some building and continued to beat me (they fractured my skull, broke my ribs, knocked out my tooth and cut my chin badly.

Then I was moved to Donetsk, where I and my comrades-in-arms were beaten and imprisoned in the former building of the SSU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast at Shchorsa street. We were left without any food for 3 days.

The first interrogation was conducted by a man who told me that he was a serviceman of the RF Armed forces. Some days later he was joined by two more men. As it turned out then, both were from Rostov-on-Don, RF. These particular men were the cruelest at torturing Ukrainian captives.
I know that on December 29, 2015 a Ukrainian serviceman was killed – beaten to death – in the building where I was illegally kept…”

16. Volodymyr B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 711 days)

“… For the first six months I was held captive in the basement of former building of SBU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast, which was taken by militants, then I was at the so-called “DPR commandant’s office”. Since July 2016 I was illegally imprisoned in the cell of colony #97 at Makiivka. I will remember atrocity and cruelty I experienced there for all my life. I nearly lost my mind because of all the tortures, but psychological pressure was even more scaring than physical violence. Once the militants brought the picture of my children and forced me to give an interview for Russian TV channels “ОРТ”and “Live news”…”

17. Andrii H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“…The tortures lasted all night long, and in the morning they put plastic bags on our heads and took us to the premises of the former SSU

Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters” (military unit number 08816, commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname “Kotov” (according to militants). We were held in the basement in solitary cells, and in the cells near us there were militants detained for the breach of discipline.

While torturing us, an unknown person dressed in military uniform (I would guess he is about 30 years old), who called himself Hennadii, regularly offered to us to leave the Armed forces of Ukraine and to defect to the “DPR” militants’ side. I refused to do that. When we were in the commandant’s headquarters, unknown people in balaclava helmets interrogated us, and they recorded the process on video to show it to our relatives.

Later we were transferred to another cell in another wing of the basement in the above mentioned commandant’s headquarters building, where there were about 30 other captives from the Armed forces of Ukraine. In the cell there was a former serviceman of the volunteer Aidar Battalion named A. (about 40 years old, heavily-built, tattoos all over his body), who, according to my comrades, was a traitor, and he acted in propaganda videos to the benefit of the “DPR”, courtesy of O. Zhuravko, a former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine…”

18. Vasyl H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“… I was taken prisoner during the attack on the operating site of the Ukrainian troops by an illegal “DPR” secret subversive group. While we were in captivity, we regularly were threatened we would be killed, and during interrogations they resorted to strong arm tactics, beat us using different tools (truncheons, pliers, gas wrenches etc.)…”

19. Eduard N.(a civilian, was held captive for 401 days)

“…I was detained in Luhansk by the persons who introduced themselves as members of the staff of the DNR Ministry of State Security. During the interrogations they used methods of physical pressure (they struck my limbs with rubber batons and struck my head with books). They constantly threatened and insulted me. I was convicted by the LPR court martial for stirring up national hatred and high treason in the form of espionage for foreign country of Ukraine. They refused to give me a lawyer. There was a closed court session. Mrs. Polonskaia was the presiding judge. I know a person of the investigator, which is Mrs. Yulia Kostenko, I recognized her in the photo № 204…”

20. Viktor L.(a civilian, was held captive for 303 days)

“… I was detained by the collaborators of the pretended Ministry of State Security of the DPR on a charge of spying for Ukraine. Besides them there was a representative of FSB of the Russian Federation who escorted us while they were conveying me to Donetsk. He was driving a car with license plates of the Russian Federation.

I was put in irons, they put winter hat on my head, placed me in a car. From the words of escort persons I understood that they were carrying me to Budionovsk region of Donetsk. When we arrived, they took me into the building, did not put off my heat and put me to the wall with my legs apart. A person speaking with the Russian accent read out the following: “You should address your chief in the form like they are accustomed to address in prison, you’ll be fed twice a day and we’ll give you a piece of paper to write down your confession of being guilty. If you do not write it we’ll put one electric wire on your genitals (“the end”), put the second one in your rectum and put through the current…”

21. Yevhen S. (a civilian, was held captive for 855 days)

During my detention by the staff of the so-called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies”, I was handcuffed and put a dark sack on my head. The armed men took me to Komsomolske, Donetsk oblast, where I was held in the basement of the Kalmius hotel for 45 days. Every day I had been interrogated for about 6 hours, being subjected to physical and psychological abuse. In addition, following the torture, I was forced to sign a false confession admitting espionage in favour of Ukraine.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal” on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 12 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. I was also denied legal counsel.

Among people in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages: they are representatives of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” with the call-names “Alabai”, “Maior”, “Smerch”, “Machete”…”

22. Ivan T. (a civilian, was held captive for 932 days)

“… I was detained at a checkpoint during the inspection of my documents (the terrorists had a tablet with my photo and the information that I was allegedly a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine.) After my detention, I was taken to the building of the former Organized crime unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Donetsk, where I was kept for 8 days.

During interrogations, I was beaten, strangled, tortured with electric current and threatened with murder. I was tortured by “the head of intelligence department” Zakharov, the former officer of the special police force “Berkut” whose call-name was “Simba” and an investigator by the name of Ruslan. In September 2016 I witnessed the murder of a Ukrainian citizen Ch., who was tortured to death during interrogation. She was detained at the beginning of 2016 on suspicion of cooperation with the Supreme Court of Ukraine (the Armed forces of Ukraine) and was held in custody in the building of “guardhouse” (the former office of All-Ukrainian Union “Batkivshchyna” in Donetsk)…”

23. Mykhailo S. (a civilian, was held captive for 321 days)

“…I was detained in the so -called DPR district police department where I was invited as a supposed witness of a road traffic accident. After my being identified I understood that I had been detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security. I was handcuffed; they put a sack on my head made of dark cloth. Accompanied by three employees of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security I was delivered by Daewoo Lanos car to the third floor of an unknown building. The investigator proved that I had been detained for “having carried out espionage activities in Ukraine’s favor”. When interrogated I suffered physical (they battered my limbs) and psychological coercion (they intimidated me by execution, negative consequences for my relatives etc).
According to the “sentence” of the so- called DPR court-martial I was imprisoned for 10 years and had to serve my sentence in a correctional camp of strict regime. The court martial consisted of the following members (their names are decrypted from Russian): Tokarenko N. A. (chief justice), Strateichuk L. Z. (judge), Biriuchkov N. V. (secretary), Krotova I. V. (prosecutor). Besides, Yamanko V. F., “an investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security investigation branch”, was involved in framing up a criminal case against me”…

24. Oleksii K (a civilian, was held captive for 854 days)

“… In August of 2015 I was taken captive by the staff of the so -called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive at that time. Later on, after my detention, I was charged with espionage. I was interrogated by the RF Federal Security Service representatives (the group called “Hosti (guests)” that consisted of 5 persons) in the DPR Ministry of State Security located in Shevchenko boulevard. During interrogations the Russian secret service staff exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me; I was tested twice by means of a lie detector. Shaipov, “the military

prosecutor deputy” and Kilkeev, an “investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security”, were involved my being imprisoned, tortured, abused and convicted unlawfully…”

25. Ivan L. (a serviceman, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…On January 18, 2015, when conducting a combat operation near Spartak village of Donetsk oblast I had my tank damaged. Searching for possible way to withdraw I was injured and taken captive by the militants of “the Cossack union of the Great Don Army” unit (headed by a terrorist call named Batia). When in captivity I suffered from physical coercion a lot; they tried to get to know information concerning call names of the unit command staff, its dislocation, the overall strength of the personnel and ammunition. The terrorists call named Zaiets and Davyd, special representatives of the DPR Ministry of State Security staff, were involved in torturing me. I felt that those brutes suffered from psychological disorders, since they were pleased when captives felt pain and were crying when tortured…”

26. Andrii B. (serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…In May 2015, I was sent on a mission from ATO zone to Poltava oblast in order to detect faults in the military equipment our military unit had to receive. On our route we happened to encounter the checkpoint “Elenovka”, which was held by terrorists of the illegal armed units of the so-called “DPR”.

When I was held in captivity, a man who claimed to be the “DPR Ministry of State Security” lieutenant colonel named Roman Volodymyrovych talked to me five or six times. He didn’t take any interest in military-related issues, paying more attention to personal data. At our fourth meeting he suggested that I should cooperate with illegal armed group fighters in exchange for money and my release from captivity, intimidating to give me psychotropic drugs and to massacre my relatives. He was primarily concerned about information related to the military airfield in Chuhuiv. I turned down his offer point blank and was beaten brutally because of that. In my opinion this person is an employee of the RF FSB…”

27. Yevhen K. (a civilian, was held captive for 867 days)

“…I was detained in Donetsk by the armed men from among the so called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies” on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine. I was handcuffed, put a dark sack on my head and taken to an office block unknown to me. I was repeatedly subjected to means of physical and psychological pressure: I was beaten, abused, threatened with murder and grievous bodily harm. What is more, they

threatened to detain my wife “on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine” if I failed to cooperate with investigative bodies. By means of intimidation I was forced to give evidence, which was recorded by technical means, that I am the so called “Ukraine’s secret services militant, who has undergone training in Yavoriv landfill military base”. The RF citizens personally involved in torture are employees of RF Federal Security Service in Kostroma “Mayor Aleksei” and “captain Krasavchik” (Rus.), who personally tortured me, using a shocker and smothering me with a plastic bag etc.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 16 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. People mentioned below were the members of the so-called “Military tribunal” (the surnames and initials are indicated in Russian): presiding judge – Odehova I. A.; judges – Strateichuk L. Z., Smelik S. G.; secretaries – Zhuk D. S., Smirnov A. V.; prosecutors – Alekseev A. M., Tsymmer V. A., Shailov R. R…”

28. Oleksandr N. (a civilian, was held captive for 925 days)

“…I was detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Novoazovsk of Donetsk oblast (the territory that is temporarily occupied by the RF). When in captivity I was addressed to by the RF Federal Security Service representative (he called himself “Ivan” and promised to improve the conditions of my illegal detention) who asked me to give an interview to the Russian mass media and tell them that “I had undergone special diversionary training in the camps on the territory of Ukraine, in Yavoriv training center in particular, and was instructed by foreigners”. I was interrogated in Donetsk by Stabrov, “the DPR Ministry of State Security major”. The interrogations lasted for 2, sometimes 12-13 hours. During interrogations they exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me (I was tortured and beaten regularly). In the course of such “measures” my witnessing was videotaped. Moreover, my relatives were threatened and blackmailed (they were told that in case of their refusal to come to Donetsk I would be killed or tortured to death). I’d like to admit, that while being held in prison of the DPR Ministry of State Security I witnessed a lot how they beat and employed tortures against a captured Ukrainian serviceman Yevhenii G.…”

29. Anatolii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 615 days)

“…In April of 2015 I was taken captive by the subversive reconnaissance group consisting of the LPR IAG militants (approximately 12-13 persons). I was hit on my head and lost my consciousness as a result of it.

Me and other captives were detained in wards situated in the basement of a multistoried house in the vicinity of the “commandant’s office of the IAG militants” (in the building of the former registry office of Luhansk). The guards wore the RF AF uniform. Almost at once they offered me to work for the “LPR IAF” and promised a “fair wage”. As I had refused, they started intimidating and torturing me. The following persons took part in torturing captives and prisoners (they were recognized in the photo): “colonel Yakubov”, the chief of Luhansk commandant’s office, “first lieutenant Savelieva, the pretrial investigator” and “captain Bielochka (a call name), who boasted of having been a sniper and having murdered Ukrainian warriors in person…”

30. Oleksii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… In April of 2016 when heading for the rotation in the ATO area we got off the course and drove out accidentally to the DPR IAF checkpoint; I was taken captive there.
On the same day we were bought to O. Zakharchenko’s garage. He talked to us in person and then he tore away my insignia. Next day we were conveyed to the DPR Ministry of State Security building (the former Donetsk SSU department, chief torture chamber of Russian terrorists); we were detained in its basement during two months. When in captivity I was beaten almost every day with rubber truncheons…”
31. Leonid S. (a civilian, was held captive for 509 days)

“… I was captured while I was trying to move from Debaltseve, Donetsk oblast, to the territory under Ukraine’s jurisdiction. So-called “offices of the DPR Ministry of State Security” beat me right on the place; they put a bag on my head, placed me in handcuffs and took me to the bus, punching me on the way. I was taken, as I realized later, to the former factory of insulation materials (5, Svitloho Shliakhu street, Donetsk). There, in the office building, there is a “private prison” with a torture ward in the basement; there is another ward with three plank beds placed one above the other and no toilet. On the walls there are surveillance cameras, besides, acoustic surveillance is provided. On the ground floor of the building, there are 11 wards for the detained persons. There is a special ward where straw men are placed to get information. Besides, I was interrogated at the

premises of the so-called Ministry of State Security (76, Shevchenka street, Donetsk). During the interrogations they used electric shocker, battered me, humiliated, attempted to rape, exerted moral and psychological pressure, threatened to torture my relatives.

“Courts-martial”, a “DPR Supreme Court”, accused me of “spying” in favour of “enemy state Ukraine”. During “the court investigation” I was offered “advocation” by Valerii Mykolaiovych Usenko. But as far as I know, Valerii Usenko cooperates with so-called “DPR law enforcement officers”, and they work together to extort money from the relatives of the “accused” in the course of the preliminary investigation before “the guilty verdict” is passed. The “investigator” who conducted “preliminary investigation” in the DPR Ministry of State Security was Vieklov Oleksii Yuriiovych, who tortured hostages together with the chief of the

“DPR Ministry of State Security local office in Debaltsevo” whose name is Dmytro (call name Khrest) and his accomplice Vitalii (call name Shved).

Other persons who conducted tortures of Ukrainian citizens at the factory of insulation materials and at the “correctional facility № 97” are: Serhii Pavlovych (“Palych”), Andrii (“Slipyi”), Yurii (“Tovstyi”); Vasyl Yevdokimov (“Lenin”, “the senior” in the private prison); V.V. Trubitsyn (chief of the pretrial detention centre, sub-colonel); Mark Kholin, Dmytro Niemtsov and Mail Ohly Niporan (all of them are “officers of the correctional facility № 97”).

All the above mentioned persons tried to beat out of me false confession that I was involved in spying. They forced me to fake evidence against myself. Thus, Dmyto (“Khrest”), the “DPR Ministry of State Security officer”, suggested that I should write a letter exactly as told by him. Notably, that I allegedly noted down the data about the dislocation of military equipment, as well as disposition and maneuvers of the illegal armed forces, and then transferred the data to the Security Service of Ukraine. After that, he appropriated my notebook containing the text which I wrote down. Later, when my car was being searched, they found that notebook, which became one of the evidence proving my guilt. In case I wrote that text, “Khrest’ promised that I would be immediately swapped, but if I refused, I would be tortured again.
In December, 2016, while they were recording me on the video in one of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” office rooms, I was offered to read out a pre-prepared text following a pre-arranged scenario. In particular, that I was a SSU undercover agent and transferred information about temporary occupied territories (disposition of the military equipment, armament and

illegal armed forces). Besides, I allegedly received letters with the enclosed photos of the SSU officers whom I, as they thought, worked with. Meanwhile, those letters had no enclosed photos of the SSU officers at all. I called for camera the names which were told to me in advance…”

32. Oleksandr O. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1059 days)

“…I was taken captive in February 2015. While moving in a car along Rostov highway towards Artemivsk we got under fire from terrorists’ ambush. I was wounded, got a shell shock and lost consciousness. When I came to myself I saw some men who had the insignia of the Armed forces of Ukraine – yellow ribbons on their sleeves. When I asked them what they were doing, why were they shooting at us, we were from Ukrainian army too, they said that they were the servicemen from RF. While in captivity I got to know military ranks and call names of Russian servicemen:

‒ “colonel” Gorelov Ihor Volodymyrovich, “Goga”, the curator of the “Commandant’s regiment commanding officer”:

‒ “Commandant regiment Chief of staff, lieutenant colonel, call name Kurgan”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Tahirov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on rear services support of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Karpov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on armament of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “the chief of the subsistence support service, major, call name Kolyvan”;

While in captivity I was regularly tortured, suffered from physical and psychological pressure; once I was even tortured before the eyes of the leader of Donetsk terrorists O. Zakharchenko, who then ordered to execute me – there was a mock execution with firing above the head…’

33. Valerii R. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… On the first day I was interrogated by the leader of pro-Russian terrorists O. Zakharchenko himself, and for the next four days – by an officer of RF Armed forces, who was in “balaclava”. I suffered physical and psychological pressure, was beaten during the interrogations. I was even suggested to kill my comrade in return for freedom. They tried to obtain information on the call names of our commanding officers, our location and number of personnel, and also on our weaponry. As a result of tortures I was forced to sign the protocol stating that I was an enemy artillery fire spotter for the Armed forces of Ukraine…”

34. Oleksandr I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 614 days)

“…After I was taken prisoner, they put a sack on my head, placed me in a car and brought to Debaltseve. I was kept in a basement of some building which I didn’t see because the windows were welded up. During interrogations conducted by the terrorists – members of the so-called “DPR State Security Ministry” they always resorted to strong-arm tactics. I didn’t see who battered me because there was a sack on my head, and I don’t remember how many times they battered me.
They made an attempt to recruit me. In Debaltsevo, a Major (I don’t know his name, he was wearing a balaclava helmet, was about 190 cm in height, physically fit, 30-40 years old) many times offered me to become an “MGB DPR” agent, and for that he promised to stop tortures and even to pay a big sum of money. In case I agreed, he planned to free me from detention as a “hero”. After that, I had to assist in capturing the commander of my squadron senior lieutenant T. I refused to do that…”

35. Mykola I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 776 days)

“…While being captive, I was regularly tortured and beaten in my head, legs, and back. They demanded that I say right to the camera that servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine were involved in the crimes against the people of the Donbass. A former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine Zhuravko O.V. was personally filming that, and he gave me the text which he had written. To his opinion, I was reading the text in a temperate manner, so he ordered to punch me in the face several times, which was done by the members of the so-called “MGB DPR”…

36. Yevhen Ch. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1047 days)

“…In February 2015, while I was fulfilling a combat mission to support infantry squads of the Armed forces of Ukraine, I was taken prisoner by a group of Russian militants – members of illegal armed groups.

During interrogations in the so-called “MGB DPR” they knocked my teeth out, and this was done in the presence of the “DPR Defense Minister” Kononov. By resorting to physical abuse and threats (they threatened to kill my mother and to rape my sister), they made me give a fake interview and say that I refused from prisoner exchange and wished to stay in the “DPR”. Two officers of the Russian Federation secret services (they spoke with a strongly marked “Moscow” accent) participated in the tortures…”

37. Oleksandr L. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1083 days)

In February 2015 we fell into the ambush near the village Logvinovo of Donetsk region. The road was blocked with the ammunition boxes, the anti-tank mines were planting around them so it was impossible to turn back the car and go in the opposite direction. When the car stopped they began firing. My right hand finger was wounded with shrapnel and I got a bullet wound in my right hand. Having left the car, I crawled away as far as possible. They stopped firing. Someone struck on my helmet and said: “Don’t move or you’ll be shot down”.
We were motionless when the militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR confiscated our arms, documents, helmets, bullet-proof vests and cut off our insignia

They gave me order to get the killed serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine out of the overturned KAMAZ that was under bombardment, put him into the shell-hole and lie down with him to be shot. The terrorists fired the machine guns over head and had a laugh. Approximately half an hour later car URAL arrived to take us. When we were approaching the car, one old man came to us. The militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR exclaimed:” Grandpa, they are those Yanks who fired at you”. This old man took a stick that looked like a spade handle and started hitting my head with it until it broke. While I was climbing the lorry they struck blows on my back and my legs with a gun butt. In the car I was lying on the floor.

We arrived into one village where they moved us into the luggage boot of another car and put us in fetters. They brought us to Maiskaia street where the Nova Poshta former branch office once was situated and now it was occupied by the unit of Russian terrorists of Don Cossacks. They beat and interrogated us. When a man in charge of the illegal armed unit under the call name OPER arrived, they already knew that one of the Ukrainian serviceman had been decorated with the order of Bohdan Khmelnitskyi Third Class. He and some other wounded soldiers were shot by OPER’s order.
I was interrogated by OPER in 10 persons’ presence. Then they forced us to grant interview to Live News. The journalists of this channel gave us text which stated that units of the Armed forces of Ukraine were not activated, that special blocking teams opened fire targeting those soldiers who were going to retreat. After our conversation with the journalists we were imprisoned in the basement of the unknown building where the militants from the illegal armed unit of the DPR call named Cheka, Shchuka, Milioner, Tesak and commandant Botsman used to beat and humiliate us…”

38. Mykola N. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 647 days)

“…I was taken captive in March 2015. That day I was buying some milk from a local resident of Zaitsevo settlement in Donetsk region who lived near our fighting position. I tasted milk before buying and then lost consciousness. When I regained consciousness I could not understand where I was and saw an armed person beside me. I took him for a friendly person. When we came in the building and started talking I realized that I was in captivity of the terrorists. They beat me and put into the car and brought as I suppose to Horlivka. There they again beat me and interrogated. The same day they brought me to Donetsk and put into the building of the former regional department of SBU where they were keeping me for a month. After my arriving there they interrogated and beat me. In the course of interrogation the terrorists tried to get information about the location of our artillery and equipment. On the third day of my captivity in the building of the former regional department of SBU in Donetsk they took me to the interrogation where they gave me the text of an interview and made me read it on video camera. Hudiakov Yevhen, the senior lieutenant was the person who with extreme cruelty tortured me and other Ukrainian captives”…

39. Taras G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 279 days)

“…I was taken captive when conducting combat operations – reconnaissance and determination of the hostile fire units’ location. However the adversary started shelling our group. As I had disoriented myself afield, I fell down into the entrenchment with two terrorists inside it (they were Don Cossacks). When I was trying to use my personal weapon, the third terrorist, who had approached me from behind, hit me at my back. They took away my machine gun, tied my hands and brought me to their APC-60 that carried us to Kalynove settlement. When they detained me and were transporting me to the place of destination they were constantly beating me with their upper and lower limbs and a knife handle. In Kalynove settlement I was interrogated by “the chief of the 6th motor rifle unit” call named “Poltinnik”. He wanted to get to know the information concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian AF units, artillery, provisions supply battalions, weapons and equipment.

In the course of interrogations and “by his order”, his subordinates (Don Cossacks) were beating me. Then I was taken to the “military commandant’s office” (located in 40, Gastello str., Artemivk district of Luhansk). I was brought into a one-place room there situated in the basement. On the same day I was taken for interrogations by 9 “persons”, 6

of them were “guards”, three others conducted interrogations. They were hiding their faces and called themselves “russkiie (Russians)”. When interrogated, I understood they were from “Kupol (dome) or K unit”. Some of them had a sleeve insignia that looked like a split church dome against the black colored background with no inscriptions. “Kupols” interrogated me twice or thrice a day exerting physical pressure upon me, using an electric shocker, applying electric current from the “TA -57” telephone set and beat me with rubber truncheons. They did these things with the aim to make me confess to my having been involved in favoring the activities of secret services of Ukraine, the SSU in particular. They abused and tortured me when I refused to learn or say aloud the text that had been given to me during another interrogation while they were taping videos for the occupational Mass Media.

While carrying out household activities (cleaning premises etc.), I got an opportunity to learn the list of IAF representatives who served in the “military commandant’s office” in 40, Gastello str., Artemivsk district of Luhansk (their leave and duty rosters etc.) and were involved in torturing Ukrainian captives:

— “commandant, lieutenant colonel” Zhyronkin Leonid Oleksandrovych (according to other IAF members, a former SSU employee);

— “chief of staff, major” Navrotsky Viacheslav Ivanovych;
— “deputy commander for morale & welfare, lieutenant” Kyryliuk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (has got a coloured tattoo of a scorpi on his right shoulder);

— “lieutenant” Akhmetshyn Oleksandr Yuriiovych;
— “lieutenant” Koshelenko Serhii Romanovych (“Kosheliok”);

— “warrant officer” Bazalii Hennadii Serhiiovych (“Baza”), who took part in “combat actions” with call name “Malysh” (approximately in 2015);

— “chief of military detention, senior warrant officer” Protas Andrii Serhiiovych, who took part in “combat actions” of 2014, then served as a “personal guard’ of Plotnytsky;

— “chief of the department of crime prevention, senior lieutenant” Sorokina Liubov Semenivna;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Grachova Yuliia Yevheniivna. Her husband’s father was “the LPR military commandant, colonel” Grachov;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Leonov Serhii Hryhorovych;

— “senior lieutenant” Turkin Hennadii Mykolaiovych (“Afgan”), was

transferred to “the 2nd RF AF AC staff” presumably to the “department of morale and welfare”;

— “in charge of armament, deputy commandant, colonel” Synelnyk Volodymyr Vasyliovych (is over weight);

— “captain, assistant commandant for support (since September of 2017) ”Honcharov Yevhen Valentynovych (has got a mustache), in December of 2017 he was shifted to the “commandant’s office” of Zhovtnevyi district in Luhansk;

— “lieutenant” Bublyk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (or Mykolaiovych);

— “senior lieutenant, chief of the commandant’s platoon, assistant commandant for support (since December of 2017)” Kalinin Vitalii Vasyliovych;

— “soldier ”Bozhenko Oleksii Hennadiiovych (is overweight);
— “soldier” Kravtsov Andrii Yuriiovych, has got a tattoo of a canopy on his shoulder typical of paratroopers and a tattoo with “Za VDV (For air borne forces)” inscription on his little finger;

— “senior soldier (probably, sergeant)” Handzii Serhii;
— “lieutenant (probably, senior lieutenant), chief of staff deputy” Korotukhin Oleksii (Artem)…

40. Volodymyr G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 739 days)

“…Immediately after being taken captive my uniform, military card and belongings were taken way, I was left just in my underclothes. In some a minivan arrived at the checkpoint and in 15-20 minutes I was taken to the basement of an unknown building. There I was tortured and threatened of being killed. Tortures went on for the whole night. In the morning, with a plastic bag on my head, I was transferred to the premises of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters”(commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname Kotov (according to militants).

In half a year all the captives, who were at the “commandant’s headquarters” (34 men) were transferred to prison in Makiivka – (western correctional facility), in which we stayed until released from captivity. In September 2017, about a year and a half after I was taken captive, the detention center was visited by the representatives of the so-called “investigative department of DPR General Prosecutor’s office”. They charged me with “collaboration with terrorists”. I denied “the charges”, and that was included into the “transcript of interrogation”.

While I was in captivity I suffered grievous bodily harm: my two left ribs were broken, I had a left ear contusion as a result of beatings and after a shot was made close to the left side of my head…”

41. Oleksandr T. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 702 days)

“After taken captive I was transferred to the township of Mykolaivka and handed over to the representatives of Russian armed terrorist group “3rd battalion of Slavic brigade” – to the “colonel with a call-name “Starshina” and to his aid with a call-name “Mal’ok”. I was immediately hit into the face with a submachine gun butt, then I was kicked, beaten with rubber truncheons and I was unable to cover myself as I was handcuffed. I lost consciousness of pain and came to myself in Donetsk. I was imprisoned in “military unit 08816” (Donetsk, Molodizhna street). In Donetsk I was interrogated by an employee of FSB of RF and by employees of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”. Interrogations were conducted according to one scenario – at first they forced to confess of crimes against civilians and then they beat me cruelly – my rib was broken and I had my teeth knocked out…”

42. Mykola H. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1051 days)

“…I was illegally kept imprisoned in the prison of Russian terrorists “correctional facility #97” in Makiivka, Donetsk oblast. All this time they either forced me to sign the “confession of crimes against Donetsk people” or suggested joining the militants of illegal armed groups. They didn’t hide the fact that though the salary of militants was not high, they could loot the locals, suspected of having sympathy towards Ukraine, without being punished. I suffered from physical and psychological tortures. I was regularly tortured by Shapovalov A.A. – “deputy head of imprisonment sector”, call-name “Nimets” (I recognize him in picture #67)…

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES of UKRAINE

BY MATERIALS of THE SECURITY SERVICE OF UKRAINE

EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE ORDLO TERRITORIES, ON THE MILITARY AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AGAINST UKRAINE, INHUMAN DETENTION CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL ABUSE, TORTURE AND MORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HUMILIATION

1. Oleksandr D. (civilian, was held captive for 905 days)

“… At the end of 2015 I was taken prisoner by pro-Russian militiamen for an attempted “illegal crossing of the border” between Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk Oblast, near Heorhiivka. I was brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department on Bauman street. I was photographed, and my interrogation was captured on video. The interrogation was conducted by a representative of the so-called “Counterintelligence Department of the DPR State Security Ministry (MGB DPR)” (I recognize him on photo #140), and the “head of the Military Counterintelligence Department”, call- name “David”, who was personally in charge of interrogations and beatings of the hostages (I recognize him on photo #167). Besides, on photo #79 I have identified a pro-Russian militiaman, an “armed escort member” who guarded the hostages kept in the fuel and lubricant warehouse. In six months, I was transferred to the basement of Donetsk Regional State Administration building. During two months I was held captive in some office room, and three months later I was transferred to the prison camp #97 in Makiivka.

While being illegally held captive, I was beaten severely and deprived of food many times. They organized mock executions, firing weapons at me. The “commanding officer of the DPR separate commandant’s regiment” V. Anosov and his wife “major” Anosova were particularly cruel – they regularly tortured the hostages and captive servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and abused their dignity…”

2-3. Artem A. and Vladyslav O. (civilians, were held captive for 444 days)

“…We were taken prisoners by the so-called “officers of the MGB DPR” in the Teatralna Square in October 2016, in full view of dozens of people, and were brought to the building of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department (79 Radianska Str., Luhansk). The terrorists accused us of having been in contact with servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and with volunteers from “Asov Battalion”, to whom we communicated

information on the disposition of units the Russian Federation regular troops on the temporarily occupied territories in Luhansk Oblast. Besides, they found a video of burning a flag of the so-called “LPR” in Vladyslav’s telephone.

Starting with the first interrogation, which lasted from 12:00 to 22:00, we were both beaten and underwent psychological pressure (threats, humiliations). Physical abuse (beatings, electric shocks, suffocation using plastic bags) and threats to cut off limbs, fingers in particular, are a key tool in the activities of the so-called “MGB LPR”, and each of us experienced them.

Later we were convicted of “treason through conniving [with the enemy]” and “desecration of the state symbols of the LPR”.

The fake trial was organized personally by the following supporters of terrorists: the “LPR Military Tribunal judge” Lunha A.H., the clerk of the court Dokukina L.I., Deputy Head of the Department of Prosecutor-General’s Office of LPR Kozlov M.V.”.

Among those who personally tortured Ukrainian hostages, and were involved in our illegal detention, are the ones whom we recognize in the photos: Rohovenko S. (call-name “Tunhuz”, a former law- enforcement officer, currently an “officer of the MGB LPR”); Kovaliov L., a “Major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Borets”; Denys, call-name ”John”, an “officer of the MGB LPR”, graduated from Luhansk National Agrarian University; “major of justice” Manuilova Yu., a “forensic specialist of the MGB LPR Investigative Department”, a former officer of the Investigative Branch of Luhansk Regional Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine”; “colonel of justice” Petrenko B., currently “head of the MGB LPR Investigative Arm”, a former officer of the SSU Luhansk Regional Department; “major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Frol”, who tortured the hostages with obsessive cruelty. Besides, the “officer of the MGB LPR” Denys, call-name ”John” (I would guess he is 25 years old, 180 -185 cm in height, fair-haired, has a tattoo “За ВДВ” on his left hand) repeatedly persuaded us to commit a terrorist act on the territory of Ukraine in exchange for a possibility to return to Luhansk…”

4. Valerii R. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 890 days)

“…At the beginning of April 2016, when the convoy was moving to the place of rotation, we were ambushed; as a result of it our car (the last in the convoy) was damaged by the anti -armor grenade launcher and seized by Russian terrorists. I was taken to the occupied territory by the militants and brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department

situated in Bauman street. At once I was accused of having conducted terrorist activities on the territory of Donetsk oblast. In the course of interrogations which were held 2-3 times a week I coerced psychological pressure (they beat me with legs and a rubber stick; they applied a current from my old mobile phone), they promised to cut off my arms. The staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security took away my mobile phone; they presumably called my brother from it and informed him of my having deserted to terrorists. Moreover, they called my niece and threatened her with physical violence. The terrorists employed tortures against a captured serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine call named “R” by means of filing his teeth; they stabbed both legs of a Ukraine’s AF serviceman call named “H”.

For three months I had been held in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department and then I was taken to the prison settlement #97 in Makiivka. In October 2017, I was attended by the DPR Ministry of State Security investigators who accused me of “having aided terrorists and adjusted fire” and “promised” to imprison me for 20-30 years…”.

5. Oleksandr F. (a civilian, was held captive for 723 days)

“… I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Makiivka of Donetsk Oblast. They found symbols of Ukraine and the EU in the course of a search that resulted in my being captured. Soon afterwards I was brought to the room #302 in the building of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security (Donetsk, Shevchenko str., 26), where I was interrogated for the first time and coerced beatings and intimidation. I was interrogated by the following “special investigative agents”: Horbokon (call named “Niemets”), Biloborodko (call named “Monomakh”) and Yefimovych who demanded that I should confirm my membership in Ukrainian patriotic organizations. I was held captive by the DPR Ministry of State Security bodies for three months; first I was held in a non-heated lock- up garage (though it was winter), then I was brought to the former archives office that had been turned into a torture chamber by terrorists. The guards and the staff of the DPR Ministry of State Security abused hostages all the time (beat them with their hands, legs and rubber cues). Trubitsyn, “the chief” of the pre -trial detention center, and Kholin, “a criminal investigative agent”, turned to be the cruelest.

In August 2016, I was convicted by Donetsk inter -regional court in Makiivka, then by the DPR court martial. I remember the representatives of prosecution involved in fraud for obtaining judgment: Kilkieev and Orlova, investigators, Maksymova, a judge in Makiivka, Strateichuk and Odegov, court martial judges, Serhieev and Maksymov, the prosecutors. Mykyta

Kiosev (the head of “Moloda Respublika (Young Republic)” terrorist civil organization) and Hryhorii Zinovyk (a functionary of the students’ trade-union committee), considered informants and provocateurs, as well as the above mentioned “criminal investigative agents of the DPR Ministry of State Security” acted as witnesses.

I served my “sentence” in the penitentiary #27 (Horlivka, Nemyrovych-Danchenko str.). I was tortured there personally by Oleksandr Liashenko, “the head of penitentiary”, his relative and “the deputy head” at the same time Dmytro Liashenko and Dmytro Verych, a “criminal investigative agent”. Just before the hostage handover, on December 25, 2017 in particular, the Liashenkos, being drunken sadists, beat and abused me from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m.…”.

6. Oleksandr A. (a civilian, was held captive for 848 days)

“… I was taken hostage by the representatives of the armed Russian-terrorist group “Sparta” and the so-called “military police officers” who accused me of “treason against DPR”. For some time, I was held in a basement, where I was interrogated five times. Each interrogation had lasted on average for about two or three hours. At the same time, I was subjected to physical abuse – I was beaten with hands, legs, rubber truncheons and a butt of an assault rifle. As a result of a torture, I was left disabled. One of the interrogations was filmed by a “blogger” Zhurabka for the Russian agitation visual. Later, I and other hostages were attended by representatives of Russian TV channels “NTV” and “Russia 24” who interviewed prisoners and filmed the conditions of their compulsory detention. At the same time, “journalists” instructed the hostages to give them the correct answers.

The main torture chamber of the “DPR” was located in the premises of the former archive of the Donetsk SSU Department, which was captured by terrorists in 2014. The hostages were placed on the racks for paper; there was no lavatory, linen and running water. Only in two years’ time terrorists finally legalized my detention: by the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the DPR “a preventive measure in the form of keeping in custody was taken against me”. At the same time, I was banned from legal counsel and they refused to grant me visiting permits.

Among the terrorists in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages. One of them is the head of the 3rd DPR Intelligence Department with a call-name Zaiats (he personally conducted interrogations in the presence of two officers of the RF secret services, who asked questions concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of anti-terrorist operation, the number of personnel and military machinery); another one is Artem, Zaiats’s subordinate, a former employee

of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, who previously served in one of Donetsk regional police departments (he is mercantile and interested in personal enrichment); the third one is Zombi (he used to be a dog handler in Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs special police force “Berkut”)…

7. Denys B. (a civilian, was held captive for 390 days)

“… At the exit of my house, I was knocked down, put a sack on my head and handcuffed. I was also charged with “betrayal of my homeland and “Russkaia vesna” ideals” as well as espionage in favour of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the building of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” in Donetsk (26, Shevchenko St.) they tortured me and smothered me with a plastic bag until they got to know my Twitter account password. They threatened me with physical abuse – to cut off my limbs, to rape me, to execute me by shooting or bury me alive in a pit in a forest. I was also subjected to all sorts of humiliation and threatened to be put into a lime pit. All the torturers were wearing masks (balaklavas), but during the interrogation I heard one terrorist’s call-name – “Yakut”.

On the basis of evidence extracted from me under torture I was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the so- called “Supreme Court of DPR”. People, personally liable for my unlawful imprisonment and fabrication of my criminal case are: Yamanko, a crime scene investigator working for the “DPR Ministry of State Security”; “judges” Tokarenko, Strateichuk and Odehov; Idiatulin, DPR Ministry of State Security criminal investigator; and Bairachnyi, deputy Prosecutor General of DPR.

8. Roman S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 189 days)

“Our security checkpoint was attacked by a sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Russian occupational troops. There were 16 men there, all dressed in the uniform of the Russian Army. Three Ukrainian fighters were killed and I was taken captive during the fight. I was kept prisoner at the high security prison # 97 (Makiyivka, Donetsk oblast). I was frequently tortured during interrogations. Once I was interrogated by O. Zakharchenko in person. That was hardly an interrogation – swear words, shouting and intimidation of sexual assaults all the time; I think he was under drugs. After the interrogation Zakharchenko ordered his inferiors to kill me (it was a mock execution). I don’t know where exactly the interrogation took place because while in captivity I was always transported with a sack on my head”…

9. Serhii S. (civilian, was held captive for 448 days)

“…I was detained by the militants of illegal armed groups of the so called “LPR” in September 2016 while crossing the delimitation line. They accused

me of cooperation with the Armed forces of Ukraine. All the time I was kept in the basement of the former building of SSU regional department in Luhansk oblast. On the premises of that building there were stationed not only local militants but also the units of the RF Army, including officers of the Russian military intelligence (I saw them and heard their conversations). I was interrogated several times. All the interrogations were held with the use of physical violence, they tortured me using electric current, kicked me and humiliated. I was a witness to a murder of one of the captives – Andrij K. – by the “LPR” militants…

10. Ihor S. (a civilian, was held captive for 824 days)

“…I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city of Donetsk. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive. In two months’ time I got to know that I had been charged with espionage. For two years I had been held illegally in the “pretrial detention centre of the DPR Ministry of State Security” (located in Kobozev street, 4) . After the trial that looked like the one of Stalin’s epoch of the thirties, the previous century, I was imprisoned in the penitentiary #32 of Donetsk oblast. Shaipov, the so-called DPR deputy prosecutor, and Kilkeev, an investigator, were involved in framing up a criminal case against me.

The convoy from the DPR Ministry of State Security staff accompanied me to the interrogations. There were five representatives of the RF Federal Security Service (the group called “Hosti (guests)”) who conducted interrogations in the DPR Ministry of State Security building in Shevchenko boulevard. When interrogated I coerced physical and psychological pressure: they tortured me a lot and threatened both me and my family members…”

11. Halyna H. (civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…I worked in the local Municipal Polyclinic. In October 2016, the Chief Doctor called me into his office, where there were present two members of the “MGB DPR”. In their identity documents there were only photographs without any identification data. Further I learned that one man’s name was Vitalii, call-name “Shved” (“Swede”), and another man’s name was Dmytro.

They searched my workplace and visually inspected my mobile phone. They also searched my house and confiscated my computer equipment. I was charged with pro-Ukrainian views.

“Shved” and his colleague brought me to the “MGB DPR” (Tarasa Shevchenka Str., Donetsk). I was interrogated for about an hour by an “MGB DPR” investigator A. Lozinskyi. During interrogations I underwent a

polygraph test. The polygraphist – a Russian Federation citizen – asked me about my attitude toward Ukraine, and about my help to the Armed forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine. I was illegally detained on the premises of the “Izoliatsia” factory (4 Svietloho Puti Str.; a person named Denys Pavlovych, call-name “Pershyi’ (“First”), was in charge of that “MGB DPR base”); later I was transferred to the “MGB DPR” detention unit (Kobazeva Str., Donetsk).

We were kept in appalling conditions, there were no showers and lavatories; they would lock us in a so-called “jar” (tiny room), and in an isolation ward (a 1,5 by 2 m room equipped with video cameras) without windows, where blue color light was on 24 hours a day.

While being held captive I was tortured by electric shocks – they tied me to a metal table with an adhesive tape, put a sack on my head, and attached electrodes to my toes. They also resorted to psychological pressure. They threatened to take my husband to “MGB”. While I was in custody, I was involved in farm work on the premises of the factory – I tended for animals; I also had to tidy up the territory, and to unload vehicles.

In November 2017 I was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by the “DPR military tribunal”. I was provided with a lawyer, who regularly conducted negotiations with my children offering them to pay USD 1000 for my release from prison. Shortly before the court hearing, they replaced the lawyer with Sh.; she got USD 500 for members of the “MGB DPR” who allegedly put me in the exchange of captives’ list…”

12. Oleksii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 1091 days)

“… In December 2014 during my trip to Torez, Donetsk oblast, I was arrested at the checkpoint by persons, related to the so-called “Russian Cossacks”. I was accused of allegedly taking part in the revolutionary events that took place on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, and of allegedly being a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. None of the accusations is true.

For almost two months I had been kept in a street pit on the territory of the former Torez fire-fighting department and then I was transported to the basement of the former SSU building in Donetsk oblast (the base of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”). While in captivity, I was repeatedly interrogated by the representatives of the so-called “Public Prosecutor’s office” and “the DPR Ministry of State Security”: terrorists with the call-names “Ded”, “Iskander”, “Belaz”, “Yusik” (who have been recognized in the photo) . During interrogations, which lasted for about two hours, I was subjected to tortures and other means of physical pressure. I was tortured with an electric current and beaten with various wooden and iron objects. My sister received telephone threats from the representatives of the

DPR Ministry of State Security, who suggested her paying the ransom of 50 thousand dollars for my release…”

13. Anatolii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…While passing the so- called “grey zone” along Popasna-Pervomaisk highway on a bicycle, I was detained by the commander of the Russian terrorist battalion named after Platov (by the surname of Snohii) and his subordinates for allegedly carrying out reconnaissance activities. During my illegal captivity I was alternately kept at the headquarters of the illegal armed group named after Platov in Stahanov (the building of the Taxation office seized by terrorists), in “the LPR military police office” and in the pre-trial detention centre #3 of Krasnolutsk penitentiary #19.On trumped-up charges of “treason against LPR” I was sentenced to 13 years in prison (by Berestenko Yuliia, the judge of the LPR Ministry of State Security).

While in captivity, I was repeatedly subjected to battering, shooting imitations, abuse, intimidation, electric torture etc. They constantly threatened me to arrest my wife. In addition, when I was in “the LPR military police punishment cell”, I witnessed a captive, who was a Ukraine’s Armed Forces serviceman, being tortured: he was brought unconscious and was tortured for 24 hours…”

14. Hryhorii S. (civilian, was held captive for 391 days)

“In December 2016, when I was going home, some masked strangers knocked me down, put a sack on my head and brought me to the building of former of Donetsk militia department. There the so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” Harkovenko, Tymchak, Tserkovnikov and Tsukanov D.V., altogether with their chief Zaharov applied physical tortures (beatings and electrocution, threats of killing) and psychological pressure (threats to kill my relatives). During the interrogation the “LPR Ministry of Interior investigator” Hainutdynov forced me to sign prepared by him documents: a waiver of counsel, permit to conduct the search in my apartment and a surrender, in which I “confessed” of acts of sabotage on the territory of Donetsk (blowing up electricity supply networks, monument to Lenin and kiosks; preparations to blow up Donetsk TV tower and espionage for the benefit of Ukraine).
After that my “confessions” of aiding Ukrainian security services and my alleged acts of sabotage and blow-ups were filmed. I was taken to the forests where I had to show the hiding places with explosive materials. I was in advance instructed by the named above so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” on where and what to show and what to say in the video.

Personal responsibility for committed against me crimes is on the “employees of DPR General Prosecutor’s office” Klimenko, Kartseva and Lastovytska – in collusion with “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” they did acts aimed at my illegal detention in custody and non-disclosure of facts of tortures; the physician-in-chief of Donetsk regional Diagnostic Center Momot, who refused to issue documents to certify the traumas I got after being tortured by the “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior”; Khalabuzar – the chief of the detention center who destroyed the documents certifying my serious condition after interrogations by the “officers of the LPR Ministry of Interior”… .

15. Maxim I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 737 days)

“On capturing me the militants pierced my leg with a submachine gun ramrod and broke my right thumb. Though I was in pain, they took me to the basement of some building and continued to beat me (they fractured my skull, broke my ribs, knocked out my tooth and cut my chin badly.

Then I was moved to Donetsk, where I and my comrades-in-arms were beaten and imprisoned in the former building of the SSU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast at Shchorsa street. We were left without any food for 3 days.

The first interrogation was conducted by a man who told me that he was a serviceman of the RF Armed forces. Some days later he was joined by two more men. As it turned out then, both were from Rostov-on-Don, RF. These particular men were the cruelest at torturing Ukrainian captives.
I know that on December 29, 2015 a Ukrainian serviceman was killed – beaten to death – in the building where I was illegally kept…”

16. Volodymyr B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 711 days)

“… For the first six months I was held captive in the basement of former building of SBU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast, which was taken by militants, then I was at the so-called “DPR commandant’s office”. Since July 2016 I was illegally imprisoned in the cell of colony #97 at Makiivka. I will remember atrocity and cruelty I experienced there for all my life. I nearly lost my mind because of all the tortures, but psychological pressure was even more scaring than physical violence. Once the militants brought the picture of my children and forced me to give an interview for Russian TV channels “ОРТ”and “Live news”…”

17. Andrii H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“…The tortures lasted all night long, and in the morning they put plastic bags on our heads and took us to the premises of the former SSU

Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters” (military unit number 08816, commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname “Kotov” (according to militants). We were held in the basement in solitary cells, and in the cells near us there were militants detained for the breach of discipline.

While torturing us, an unknown person dressed in military uniform (I would guess he is about 30 years old), who called himself Hennadii, regularly offered to us to leave the Armed forces of Ukraine and to defect to the “DPR” militants’ side. I refused to do that. When we were in the commandant’s headquarters, unknown people in balaclava helmets interrogated us, and they recorded the process on video to show it to our relatives.

Later we were transferred to another cell in another wing of the basement in the above mentioned commandant’s headquarters building, where there were about 30 other captives from the Armed forces of Ukraine. In the cell there was a former serviceman of the volunteer Aidar Battalion named A. (about 40 years old, heavily-built, tattoos all over his body), who, according to my comrades, was a traitor, and he acted in propaganda videos to the benefit of the “DPR”, courtesy of O. Zhuravko, a former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine…”

18. Vasyl H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“… I was taken prisoner during the attack on the operating site of the Ukrainian troops by an illegal “DPR” secret subversive group. While we were in captivity, we regularly were threatened we would be killed, and during interrogations they resorted to strong arm tactics, beat us using different tools (truncheons, pliers, gas wrenches etc.)…”

19. Eduard N.(a civilian, was held captive for 401 days)

“…I was detained in Luhansk by the persons who introduced themselves as members of the staff of the DNR Ministry of State Security. During the interrogations they used methods of physical pressure (they struck my limbs with rubber batons and struck my head with books). They constantly threatened and insulted me. I was convicted by the LPR court martial for stirring up national hatred and high treason in the form of espionage for foreign country of Ukraine. They refused to give me a lawyer. There was a closed court session. Mrs. Polonskaia was the presiding judge. I know a person of the investigator, which is Mrs. Yulia Kostenko, I recognized her in the photo № 204…”

20. Viktor L.(a civilian, was held captive for 303 days)

“… I was detained by the collaborators of the pretended Ministry of State Security of the DPR on a charge of spying for Ukraine. Besides them there was a representative of FSB of the Russian Federation who escorted us while they were conveying me to Donetsk. He was driving a car with license plates of the Russian Federation.

I was put in irons, they put winter hat on my head, placed me in a car. From the words of escort persons I understood that they were carrying me to Budionovsk region of Donetsk. When we arrived, they took me into the building, did not put off my heat and put me to the wall with my legs apart. A person speaking with the Russian accent read out the following: “You should address your chief in the form like they are accustomed to address in prison, you’ll be fed twice a day and we’ll give you a piece of paper to write down your confession of being guilty. If you do not write it we’ll put one electric wire on your genitals (“the end”), put the second one in your rectum and put through the current…”

21. Yevhen S. (a civilian, was held captive for 855 days)

During my detention by the staff of the so-called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies”, I was handcuffed and put a dark sack on my head. The armed men took me to Komsomolske, Donetsk oblast, where I was held in the basement of the Kalmius hotel for 45 days. Every day I had been interrogated for about 6 hours, being subjected to physical and psychological abuse. In addition, following the torture, I was forced to sign a false confession admitting espionage in favour of Ukraine.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal” on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 12 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. I was also denied legal counsel.

Among people in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages: they are representatives of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” with the call-names “Alabai”, “Maior”, “Smerch”, “Machete”…”

22. Ivan T. (a civilian, was held captive for 932 days)

“… I was detained at a checkpoint during the inspection of my documents (the terrorists had a tablet with my photo and the information that I was allegedly a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine.) After my detention, I was taken to the building of the former Organized crime unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Donetsk, where I was kept for 8 days.

During interrogations, I was beaten, strangled, tortured with electric current and threatened with murder. I was tortured by “the head of intelligence department” Zakharov, the former officer of the special police force “Berkut” whose call-name was “Simba” and an investigator by the name of Ruslan. In September 2016 I witnessed the murder of a Ukrainian citizen Ch., who was tortured to death during interrogation. She was detained at the beginning of 2016 on suspicion of cooperation with the Supreme Court of Ukraine (the Armed forces of Ukraine) and was held in custody in the building of “guardhouse” (the former office of All-Ukrainian Union “Batkivshchyna” in Donetsk)…”

23. Mykhailo S. (a civilian, was held captive for 321 days)

“…I was detained in the so -called DPR district police department where I was invited as a supposed witness of a road traffic accident. After my being identified I understood that I had been detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security. I was handcuffed; they put a sack on my head made of dark cloth. Accompanied by three employees of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security I was delivered by Daewoo Lanos car to the third floor of an unknown building. The investigator proved that I had been detained for “having carried out espionage activities in Ukraine’s favor”. When interrogated I suffered physical (they battered my limbs) and psychological coercion (they intimidated me by execution, negative consequences for my relatives etc).
According to the “sentence” of the so- called DPR court-martial I was imprisoned for 10 years and had to serve my sentence in a correctional camp of strict regime. The court martial consisted of the following members (their names are decrypted from Russian): Tokarenko N. A. (chief justice), Strateichuk L. Z. (judge), Biriuchkov N. V. (secretary), Krotova I. V. (prosecutor). Besides, Yamanko V. F., “an investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security investigation branch”, was involved in framing up a criminal case against me”…

24. Oleksii K (a civilian, was held captive for 854 days)

“… In August of 2015 I was taken captive by the staff of the so -called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive at that time. Later on, after my detention, I was charged with espionage. I was interrogated by the RF Federal Security Service representatives (the group called “Hosti (guests)” that consisted of 5 persons) in the DPR Ministry of State Security located in Shevchenko boulevard. During interrogations the Russian secret service staff exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me; I was tested twice by means of a lie detector. Shaipov, “the military

prosecutor deputy” and Kilkeev, an “investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security”, were involved my being imprisoned, tortured, abused and convicted unlawfully…”

25. Ivan L. (a serviceman, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…On January 18, 2015, when conducting a combat operation near Spartak village of Donetsk oblast I had my tank damaged. Searching for possible way to withdraw I was injured and taken captive by the militants of “the Cossack union of the Great Don Army” unit (headed by a terrorist call named Batia). When in captivity I suffered from physical coercion a lot; they tried to get to know information concerning call names of the unit command staff, its dislocation, the overall strength of the personnel and ammunition. The terrorists call named Zaiets and Davyd, special representatives of the DPR Ministry of State Security staff, were involved in torturing me. I felt that those brutes suffered from psychological disorders, since they were pleased when captives felt pain and were crying when tortured…”

26. Andrii B. (serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…In May 2015, I was sent on a mission from ATO zone to Poltava oblast in order to detect faults in the military equipment our military unit had to receive. On our route we happened to encounter the checkpoint “Elenovka”, which was held by terrorists of the illegal armed units of the so-called “DPR”.

When I was held in captivity, a man who claimed to be the “DPR Ministry of State Security” lieutenant colonel named Roman Volodymyrovych talked to me five or six times. He didn’t take any interest in military-related issues, paying more attention to personal data. At our fourth meeting he suggested that I should cooperate with illegal armed group fighters in exchange for money and my release from captivity, intimidating to give me psychotropic drugs and to massacre my relatives. He was primarily concerned about information related to the military airfield in Chuhuiv. I turned down his offer point blank and was beaten brutally because of that. In my opinion this person is an employee of the RF FSB…”

27. Yevhen K. (a civilian, was held captive for 867 days)

“…I was detained in Donetsk by the armed men from among the so called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies” on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine. I was handcuffed, put a dark sack on my head and taken to an office block unknown to me. I was repeatedly subjected to means of physical and psychological pressure: I was beaten, abused, threatened with murder and grievous bodily harm. What is more, they

threatened to detain my wife “on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine” if I failed to cooperate with investigative bodies. By means of intimidation I was forced to give evidence, which was recorded by technical means, that I am the so called “Ukraine’s secret services militant, who has undergone training in Yavoriv landfill military base”. The RF citizens personally involved in torture are employees of RF Federal Security Service in Kostroma “Mayor Aleksei” and “captain Krasavchik” (Rus.), who personally tortured me, using a shocker and smothering me with a plastic bag etc.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 16 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. People mentioned below were the members of the so-called “Military tribunal” (the surnames and initials are indicated in Russian): presiding judge – Odehova I. A.; judges – Strateichuk L. Z., Smelik S. G.; secretaries – Zhuk D. S., Smirnov A. V.; prosecutors – Alekseev A. M., Tsymmer V. A., Shailov R. R…”

28. Oleksandr N. (a civilian, was held captive for 925 days)

“…I was detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Novoazovsk of Donetsk oblast (the territory that is temporarily occupied by the RF). When in captivity I was addressed to by the RF Federal Security Service representative (he called himself “Ivan” and promised to improve the conditions of my illegal detention) who asked me to give an interview to the Russian mass media and tell them that “I had undergone special diversionary training in the camps on the territory of Ukraine, in Yavoriv training center in particular, and was instructed by foreigners”. I was interrogated in Donetsk by Stabrov, “the DPR Ministry of State Security major”. The interrogations lasted for 2, sometimes 12-13 hours. During interrogations they exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me (I was tortured and beaten regularly). In the course of such “measures” my witnessing was videotaped. Moreover, my relatives were threatened and blackmailed (they were told that in case of their refusal to come to Donetsk I would be killed or tortured to death). I’d like to admit, that while being held in prison of the DPR Ministry of State Security I witnessed a lot how they beat and employed tortures against a captured Ukrainian serviceman Yevhenii G.…”

29. Anatolii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 615 days)

“…In April of 2015 I was taken captive by the subversive reconnaissance group consisting of the LPR IAG militants (approximately 12-13 persons). I was hit on my head and lost my consciousness as a result of it.

Me and other captives were detained in wards situated in the basement of a multistoried house in the vicinity of the “commandant’s office of the IAG militants” (in the building of the former registry office of Luhansk). The guards wore the RF AF uniform. Almost at once they offered me to work for the “LPR IAF” and promised a “fair wage”. As I had refused, they started intimidating and torturing me. The following persons took part in torturing captives and prisoners (they were recognized in the photo): “colonel Yakubov”, the chief of Luhansk commandant’s office, “first lieutenant Savelieva, the pretrial investigator” and “captain Bielochka (a call name), who boasted of having been a sniper and having murdered Ukrainian warriors in person…”

30. Oleksii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… In April of 2016 when heading for the rotation in the ATO area we got off the course and drove out accidentally to the DPR IAF checkpoint; I was taken captive there.
On the same day we were bought to O. Zakharchenko’s garage. He talked to us in person and then he tore away my insignia. Next day we were conveyed to the DPR Ministry of State Security building (the former Donetsk SSU department, chief torture chamber of Russian terrorists); we were detained in its basement during two months. When in captivity I was beaten almost every day with rubber truncheons…”
31. Leonid S. (a civilian, was held captive for 509 days)

“… I was captured while I was trying to move from Debaltseve, Donetsk oblast, to the territory under Ukraine’s jurisdiction. So-called “offices of the DPR Ministry of State Security” beat me right on the place; they put a bag on my head, placed me in handcuffs and took me to the bus, punching me on the way. I was taken, as I realized later, to the former factory of insulation materials (5, Svitloho Shliakhu street, Donetsk). There, in the office building, there is a “private prison” with a torture ward in the basement; there is another ward with three plank beds placed one above the other and no toilet. On the walls there are surveillance cameras, besides, acoustic surveillance is provided. On the ground floor of the building, there are 11 wards for the detained persons. There is a special ward where straw men are placed to get information. Besides, I was interrogated at the

premises of the so-called Ministry of State Security (76, Shevchenka street, Donetsk). During the interrogations they used electric shocker, battered me, humiliated, attempted to rape, exerted moral and psychological pressure, threatened to torture my relatives.

“Courts-martial”, a “DPR Supreme Court”, accused me of “spying” in favour of “enemy state Ukraine”. During “the court investigation” I was offered “advocation” by Valerii Mykolaiovych Usenko. But as far as I know, Valerii Usenko cooperates with so-called “DPR law enforcement officers”, and they work together to extort money from the relatives of the “accused” in the course of the preliminary investigation before “the guilty verdict” is passed. The “investigator” who conducted “preliminary investigation” in the DPR Ministry of State Security was Vieklov Oleksii Yuriiovych, who tortured hostages together with the chief of the

“DPR Ministry of State Security local office in Debaltsevo” whose name is Dmytro (call name Khrest) and his accomplice Vitalii (call name Shved).

Other persons who conducted tortures of Ukrainian citizens at the factory of insulation materials and at the “correctional facility № 97” are: Serhii Pavlovych (“Palych”), Andrii (“Slipyi”), Yurii (“Tovstyi”); Vasyl Yevdokimov (“Lenin”, “the senior” in the private prison); V.V. Trubitsyn (chief of the pretrial detention centre, sub-colonel); Mark Kholin, Dmytro Niemtsov and Mail Ohly Niporan (all of them are “officers of the correctional facility № 97”).

All the above mentioned persons tried to beat out of me false confession that I was involved in spying. They forced me to fake evidence against myself. Thus, Dmyto (“Khrest”), the “DPR Ministry of State Security officer”, suggested that I should write a letter exactly as told by him. Notably, that I allegedly noted down the data about the dislocation of military equipment, as well as disposition and maneuvers of the illegal armed forces, and then transferred the data to the Security Service of Ukraine. After that, he appropriated my notebook containing the text which I wrote down. Later, when my car was being searched, they found that notebook, which became one of the evidence proving my guilt. In case I wrote that text, “Khrest’ promised that I would be immediately swapped, but if I refused, I would be tortured again.
In December, 2016, while they were recording me on the video in one of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” office rooms, I was offered to read out a pre-prepared text following a pre-arranged scenario. In particular, that I was a SSU undercover agent and transferred information about temporary occupied territories (disposition of the military equipment, armament and

illegal armed forces). Besides, I allegedly received letters with the enclosed photos of the SSU officers whom I, as they thought, worked with. Meanwhile, those letters had no enclosed photos of the SSU officers at all. I called for camera the names which were told to me in advance…”

32. Oleksandr O. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1059 days)

“…I was taken captive in February 2015. While moving in a car along Rostov highway towards Artemivsk we got under fire from terrorists’ ambush. I was wounded, got a shell shock and lost consciousness. When I came to myself I saw some men who had the insignia of the Armed forces of Ukraine – yellow ribbons on their sleeves. When I asked them what they were doing, why were they shooting at us, we were from Ukrainian army too, they said that they were the servicemen from RF. While in captivity I got to know military ranks and call names of Russian servicemen:

‒ “colonel” Gorelov Ihor Volodymyrovich, “Goga”, the curator of the “Commandant’s regiment commanding officer”:

‒ “Commandant regiment Chief of staff, lieutenant colonel, call name Kurgan”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Tahirov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on rear services support of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Karpov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on armament of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “the chief of the subsistence support service, major, call name Kolyvan”;

While in captivity I was regularly tortured, suffered from physical and psychological pressure; once I was even tortured before the eyes of the leader of Donetsk terrorists O. Zakharchenko, who then ordered to execute me – there was a mock execution with firing above the head…’

33. Valerii R. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… On the first day I was interrogated by the leader of pro-Russian terrorists O. Zakharchenko himself, and for the next four days – by an officer of RF Armed forces, who was in “balaclava”. I suffered physical and psychological pressure, was beaten during the interrogations. I was even suggested to kill my comrade in return for freedom. They tried to obtain information on the call names of our commanding officers, our location and number of personnel, and also on our weaponry. As a result of tortures I was forced to sign the protocol stating that I was an enemy artillery fire spotter for the Armed forces of Ukraine…”

34. Oleksandr I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 614 days)

“…After I was taken prisoner, they put a sack on my head, placed me in a car and brought to Debaltseve. I was kept in a basement of some building which I didn’t see because the windows were welded up. During interrogations conducted by the terrorists – members of the so-called “DPR State Security Ministry” they always resorted to strong-arm tactics. I didn’t see who battered me because there was a sack on my head, and I don’t remember how many times they battered me.
They made an attempt to recruit me. In Debaltsevo, a Major (I don’t know his name, he was wearing a balaclava helmet, was about 190 cm in height, physically fit, 30-40 years old) many times offered me to become an “MGB DPR” agent, and for that he promised to stop tortures and even to pay a big sum of money. In case I agreed, he planned to free me from detention as a “hero”. After that, I had to assist in capturing the commander of my squadron senior lieutenant T. I refused to do that…”

35. Mykola I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 776 days)

“…While being captive, I was regularly tortured and beaten in my head, legs, and back. They demanded that I say right to the camera that servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine were involved in the crimes against the people of the Donbass. A former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine Zhuravko O.V. was personally filming that, and he gave me the text which he had written. To his opinion, I was reading the text in a temperate manner, so he ordered to punch me in the face several times, which was done by the members of the so-called “MGB DPR”…

36. Yevhen Ch. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1047 days)

“…In February 2015, while I was fulfilling a combat mission to support infantry squads of the Armed forces of Ukraine, I was taken prisoner by a group of Russian militants – members of illegal armed groups.

During interrogations in the so-called “MGB DPR” they knocked my teeth out, and this was done in the presence of the “DPR Defense Minister” Kononov. By resorting to physical abuse and threats (they threatened to kill my mother and to rape my sister), they made me give a fake interview and say that I refused from prisoner exchange and wished to stay in the “DPR”. Two officers of the Russian Federation secret services (they spoke with a strongly marked “Moscow” accent) participated in the tortures…”

37. Oleksandr L. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1083 days)

In February 2015 we fell into the ambush near the village Logvinovo of Donetsk region. The road was blocked with the ammunition boxes, the anti-tank mines were planting around them so it was impossible to turn back the car and go in the opposite direction. When the car stopped they began firing. My right hand finger was wounded with shrapnel and I got a bullet wound in my right hand. Having left the car, I crawled away as far as possible. They stopped firing. Someone struck on my helmet and said: “Don’t move or you’ll be shot down”.
We were motionless when the militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR confiscated our arms, documents, helmets, bullet-proof vests and cut off our insignia

They gave me order to get the killed serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine out of the overturned KAMAZ that was under bombardment, put him into the shell-hole and lie down with him to be shot. The terrorists fired the machine guns over head and had a laugh. Approximately half an hour later car URAL arrived to take us. When we were approaching the car, one old man came to us. The militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR exclaimed:” Grandpa, they are those Yanks who fired at you”. This old man took a stick that looked like a spade handle and started hitting my head with it until it broke. While I was climbing the lorry they struck blows on my back and my legs with a gun butt. In the car I was lying on the floor.

We arrived into one village where they moved us into the luggage boot of another car and put us in fetters. They brought us to Maiskaia street where the Nova Poshta former branch office once was situated and now it was occupied by the unit of Russian terrorists of Don Cossacks. They beat and interrogated us. When a man in charge of the illegal armed unit under the call name OPER arrived, they already knew that one of the Ukrainian serviceman had been decorated with the order of Bohdan Khmelnitskyi Third Class. He and some other wounded soldiers were shot by OPER’s order.
I was interrogated by OPER in 10 persons’ presence. Then they forced us to grant interview to Live News. The journalists of this channel gave us text which stated that units of the Armed forces of Ukraine were not activated, that special blocking teams opened fire targeting those soldiers who were going to retreat. After our conversation with the journalists we were imprisoned in the basement of the unknown building where the militants from the illegal armed unit of the DPR call named Cheka, Shchuka, Milioner, Tesak and commandant Botsman used to beat and humiliate us…”

38. Mykola N. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 647 days)

“…I was taken captive in March 2015. That day I was buying some milk from a local resident of Zaitsevo settlement in Donetsk region who lived near our fighting position. I tasted milk before buying and then lost consciousness. When I regained consciousness I could not understand where I was and saw an armed person beside me. I took him for a friendly person. When we came in the building and started talking I realized that I was in captivity of the terrorists. They beat me and put into the car and brought as I suppose to Horlivka. There they again beat me and interrogated. The same day they brought me to Donetsk and put into the building of the former regional department of SBU where they were keeping me for a month. After my arriving there they interrogated and beat me. In the course of interrogation the terrorists tried to get information about the location of our artillery and equipment. On the third day of my captivity in the building of the former regional department of SBU in Donetsk they took me to the interrogation where they gave me the text of an interview and made me read it on video camera. Hudiakov Yevhen, the senior lieutenant was the person who with extreme cruelty tortured me and other Ukrainian captives”…

39. Taras G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 279 days)

“…I was taken captive when conducting combat operations – reconnaissance and determination of the hostile fire units’ location. However the adversary started shelling our group. As I had disoriented myself afield, I fell down into the entrenchment with two terrorists inside it (they were Don Cossacks). When I was trying to use my personal weapon, the third terrorist, who had approached me from behind, hit me at my back. They took away my machine gun, tied my hands and brought me to their APC-60 that carried us to Kalynove settlement. When they detained me and were transporting me to the place of destination they were constantly beating me with their upper and lower limbs and a knife handle. In Kalynove settlement I was interrogated by “the chief of the 6th motor rifle unit” call named “Poltinnik”. He wanted to get to know the information concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian AF units, artillery, provisions supply battalions, weapons and equipment.

In the course of interrogations and “by his order”, his subordinates (Don Cossacks) were beating me. Then I was taken to the “military commandant’s office” (located in 40, Gastello str., Artemivk district of Luhansk). I was brought into a one-place room there situated in the basement. On the same day I was taken for interrogations by 9 “persons”, 6

of them were “guards”, three others conducted interrogations. They were hiding their faces and called themselves “russkiie (Russians)”. When interrogated, I understood they were from “Kupol (dome) or K unit”. Some of them had a sleeve insignia that looked like a split church dome against the black colored background with no inscriptions. “Kupols” interrogated me twice or thrice a day exerting physical pressure upon me, using an electric shocker, applying electric current from the “TA -57” telephone set and beat me with rubber truncheons. They did these things with the aim to make me confess to my having been involved in favoring the activities of secret services of Ukraine, the SSU in particular. They abused and tortured me when I refused to learn or say aloud the text that had been given to me during another interrogation while they were taping videos for the occupational Mass Media.

While carrying out household activities (cleaning premises etc.), I got an opportunity to learn the list of IAF representatives who served in the “military commandant’s office” in 40, Gastello str., Artemivsk district of Luhansk (their leave and duty rosters etc.) and were involved in torturing Ukrainian captives:

— “commandant, lieutenant colonel” Zhyronkin Leonid Oleksandrovych (according to other IAF members, a former SSU employee);

— “chief of staff, major” Navrotsky Viacheslav Ivanovych;
— “deputy commander for morale & welfare, lieutenant” Kyryliuk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (has got a coloured tattoo of a scorpi on his right shoulder);

— “lieutenant” Akhmetshyn Oleksandr Yuriiovych;
— “lieutenant” Koshelenko Serhii Romanovych (“Kosheliok”);

— “warrant officer” Bazalii Hennadii Serhiiovych (“Baza”), who took part in “combat actions” with call name “Malysh” (approximately in 2015);

— “chief of military detention, senior warrant officer” Protas Andrii Serhiiovych, who took part in “combat actions” of 2014, then served as a “personal guard’ of Plotnytsky;

— “chief of the department of crime prevention, senior lieutenant” Sorokina Liubov Semenivna;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Grachova Yuliia Yevheniivna. Her husband’s father was “the LPR military commandant, colonel” Grachov;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Leonov Serhii Hryhorovych;

— “senior lieutenant” Turkin Hennadii Mykolaiovych (“Afgan”), was

transferred to “the 2nd RF AF AC staff” presumably to the “department of morale and welfare”;

— “in charge of armament, deputy commandant, colonel” Synelnyk Volodymyr Vasyliovych (is over weight);

— “captain, assistant commandant for support (since September of 2017) ”Honcharov Yevhen Valentynovych (has got a mustache), in December of 2017 he was shifted to the “commandant’s office” of Zhovtnevyi district in Luhansk;

— “lieutenant” Bublyk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (or Mykolaiovych);

— “senior lieutenant, chief of the commandant’s platoon, assistant commandant for support (since December of 2017)” Kalinin Vitalii Vasyliovych;

— “soldier ”Bozhenko Oleksii Hennadiiovych (is overweight);
— “soldier” Kravtsov Andrii Yuriiovych, has got a tattoo of a canopy on his shoulder typical of paratroopers and a tattoo with “Za VDV (For air borne forces)” inscription on his little finger;

— “senior soldier (probably, sergeant)” Handzii Serhii;
— “lieutenant (probably, senior lieutenant), chief of staff deputy” Korotukhin Oleksii (Artem)…

40. Volodymyr G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 739 days)

“…Immediately after being taken captive my uniform, military card and belongings were taken way, I was left just in my underclothes. In some a minivan arrived at the checkpoint and in 15-20 minutes I was taken to the basement of an unknown building. There I was tortured and threatened of being killed. Tortures went on for the whole night. In the morning, with a plastic bag on my head, I was transferred to the premises of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters”(commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname Kotov (according to militants).

In half a year all the captives, who were at the “commandant’s headquarters” (34 men) were transferred to prison in Makiivka – (western correctional facility), in which we stayed until released from captivity. In September 2017, about a year and a half after I was taken captive, the detention center was visited by the representatives of the so-called “investigative department of DPR General Prosecutor’s office”. They charged me with “collaboration with terrorists”. I denied “the charges”, and that was included into the “transcript of interrogation”.

While I was in captivity I suffered grievous bodily harm: my two left ribs were broken, I had a left ear contusion as a result of beatings and after a shot was made close to the left side of my head…”

41. Oleksandr T. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 702 days)

“After taken captive I was transferred to the township of Mykolaivka and handed over to the representatives of Russian armed terrorist group “3rd battalion of Slavic brigade” – to the “colonel with a call-name “Starshina” and to his aid with a call-name “Mal’ok”. I was immediately hit into the face with a submachine gun butt, then I was kicked, beaten with rubber truncheons and I was unable to cover myself as I was handcuffed. I lost consciousness of pain and came to myself in Donetsk. I was imprisoned in “military unit 08816” (Donetsk, Molodizhna street). In Donetsk I was interrogated by an employee of FSB of RF and by employees of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”. Interrogations were conducted according to one scenario – at first they forced to confess of crimes against civilians and then they beat me cruelly – my rib was broken and I had my teeth knocked out…”

42. Mykola H. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1051 days)

“…I was illegally kept imprisoned in the prison of Russian terrorists “correctional facility #97” in Makiivka, Donetsk oblast. All this time they either forced me to sign the “confession of crimes against Donetsk people” or suggested joining the militants of illegal armed groups. They didn’t hide the fact that though the salary of militants was not high, they could loot the locals, suspected of having sympathy towards Ukraine, without being punished. I suffered from physical and psychological tortures. I was regularly tortured by Shapovalov A.A. – “deputy head of imprisonment sector”, call-name “Nimets” (I recognize him in picture #67)…

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES of UKRAINE

BY MATERIALS of THE SECURITY SERVICE OF UKRAINE

EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE ORDLO TERRITORIES, ON THE MILITARY AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AGAINST UKRAINE, INHUMAN DETENTION CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL ABUSE, TORTURE AND MORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HUMILIATION

1. Oleksandr D. (civilian, was held captive for 905 days)

“… At the end of 2015 I was taken prisoner by pro-Russian militiamen for an attempted “illegal crossing of the border” between Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk Oblast, near Heorhiivka. I was brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department on Bauman street. I was photographed, and my interrogation was captured on video. The interrogation was conducted by a representative of the so-called “Counterintelligence Department of the DPR State Security Ministry (MGB DPR)” (I recognize him on photo #140), and the “head of the Military Counterintelligence Department”, call- name “David”, who was personally in charge of interrogations and beatings of the hostages (I recognize him on photo #167). Besides, on photo #79 I have identified a pro-Russian militiaman, an “armed escort member” who guarded the hostages kept in the fuel and lubricant warehouse. In six months, I was transferred to the basement of Donetsk Regional State Administration building. During two months I was held captive in some office room, and three months later I was transferred to the prison camp #97 in Makiivka.

While being illegally held captive, I was beaten severely and deprived of food many times. They organized mock executions, firing weapons at me. The “commanding officer of the DPR separate commandant’s regiment” V. Anosov and his wife “major” Anosova were particularly cruel – they regularly tortured the hostages and captive servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and abused their dignity…”

2-3. Artem A. and Vladyslav O. (civilians, were held captive for 444 days)

“…We were taken prisoners by the so-called “officers of the MGB DPR” in the Teatralna Square in October 2016, in full view of dozens of people, and were brought to the building of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department (79 Radianska Str., Luhansk). The terrorists accused us of having been in contact with servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and with volunteers from “Asov Battalion”, to whom we communicated

information on the disposition of units the Russian Federation regular troops on the temporarily occupied territories in Luhansk Oblast. Besides, they found a video of burning a flag of the so-called “LPR” in Vladyslav’s telephone.

Starting with the first interrogation, which lasted from 12:00 to 22:00, we were both beaten and underwent psychological pressure (threats, humiliations). Physical abuse (beatings, electric shocks, suffocation using plastic bags) and threats to cut off limbs, fingers in particular, are a key tool in the activities of the so-called “MGB LPR”, and each of us experienced them.

Later we were convicted of “treason through conniving [with the enemy]” and “desecration of the state symbols of the LPR”.

The fake trial was organized personally by the following supporters of terrorists: the “LPR Military Tribunal judge” Lunha A.H., the clerk of the court Dokukina L.I., Deputy Head of the Department of Prosecutor-General’s Office of LPR Kozlov M.V.”.

Among those who personally tortured Ukrainian hostages, and were involved in our illegal detention, are the ones whom we recognize in the photos: Rohovenko S. (call-name “Tunhuz”, a former law- enforcement officer, currently an “officer of the MGB LPR”); Kovaliov L., a “Major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Borets”; Denys, call-name ”John”, an “officer of the MGB LPR”, graduated from Luhansk National Agrarian University; “major of justice” Manuilova Yu., a “forensic specialist of the MGB LPR Investigative Department”, a former officer of the Investigative Branch of Luhansk Regional Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine”; “colonel of justice” Petrenko B., currently “head of the MGB LPR Investigative Arm”, a former officer of the SSU Luhansk Regional Department; “major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Frol”, who tortured the hostages with obsessive cruelty. Besides, the “officer of the MGB LPR” Denys, call-name ”John” (I would guess he is 25 years old, 180 -185 cm in height, fair-haired, has a tattoo “За ВДВ” on his left hand) repeatedly persuaded us to commit a terrorist act on the territory of Ukraine in exchange for a possibility to return to Luhansk…”

4. Valerii R. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 890 days)

“…At the beginning of April 2016, when the convoy was moving to the place of rotation, we were ambushed; as a result of it our car (the last in the convoy) was damaged by the anti -armor grenade launcher and seized by Russian terrorists. I was taken to the occupied territory by the militants and brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department

situated in Bauman street. At once I was accused of having conducted terrorist activities on the territory of Donetsk oblast. In the course of interrogations which were held 2-3 times a week I coerced psychological pressure (they beat me with legs and a rubber stick; they applied a current from my old mobile phone), they promised to cut off my arms. The staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security took away my mobile phone; they presumably called my brother from it and informed him of my having deserted to terrorists. Moreover, they called my niece and threatened her with physical violence. The terrorists employed tortures against a captured serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine call named “R” by means of filing his teeth; they stabbed both legs of a Ukraine’s AF serviceman call named “H”.

For three months I had been held in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department and then I was taken to the prison settlement #97 in Makiivka. In October 2017, I was attended by the DPR Ministry of State Security investigators who accused me of “having aided terrorists and adjusted fire” and “promised” to imprison me for 20-30 years…”.

5. Oleksandr F. (a civilian, was held captive for 723 days)

“… I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Makiivka of Donetsk Oblast. They found symbols of Ukraine and the EU in the course of a search that resulted in my being captured. Soon afterwards I was brought to the room #302 in the building of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security (Donetsk, Shevchenko str., 26), where I was interrogated for the first time and coerced beatings and intimidation. I was interrogated by the following “special investigative agents”: Horbokon (call named “Niemets”), Biloborodko (call named “Monomakh”) and Yefimovych who demanded that I should confirm my membership in Ukrainian patriotic organizations. I was held captive by the DPR Ministry of State Security bodies for three months; first I was held in a non-heated lock- up garage (though it was winter), then I was brought to the former archives office that had been turned into a torture chamber by terrorists. The guards and the staff of the DPR Ministry of State Security abused hostages all the time (beat them with their hands, legs and rubber cues). Trubitsyn, “the chief” of the pre -trial detention center, and Kholin, “a criminal investigative agent”, turned to be the cruelest.

In August 2016, I was convicted by Donetsk inter -regional court in Makiivka, then by the DPR court martial. I remember the representatives of prosecution involved in fraud for obtaining judgment: Kilkieev and Orlova, investigators, Maksymova, a judge in Makiivka, Strateichuk and Odegov, court martial judges, Serhieev and Maksymov, the prosecutors. Mykyta

Kiosev (the head of “Moloda Respublika (Young Republic)” terrorist civil organization) and Hryhorii Zinovyk (a functionary of the students’ trade-union committee), considered informants and provocateurs, as well as the above mentioned “criminal investigative agents of the DPR Ministry of State Security” acted as witnesses.

I served my “sentence” in the penitentiary #27 (Horlivka, Nemyrovych-Danchenko str.). I was tortured there personally by Oleksandr Liashenko, “the head of penitentiary”, his relative and “the deputy head” at the same time Dmytro Liashenko and Dmytro Verych, a “criminal investigative agent”. Just before the hostage handover, on December 25, 2017 in particular, the Liashenkos, being drunken sadists, beat and abused me from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m.…”.

6. Oleksandr A. (a civilian, was held captive for 848 days)

“… I was taken hostage by the representatives of the armed Russian-terrorist group “Sparta” and the so-called “military police officers” who accused me of “treason against DPR”. For some time, I was held in a basement, where I was interrogated five times. Each interrogation had lasted on average for about two or three hours. At the same time, I was subjected to physical abuse – I was beaten with hands, legs, rubber truncheons and a butt of an assault rifle. As a result of a torture, I was left disabled. One of the interrogations was filmed by a “blogger” Zhurabka for the Russian agitation visual. Later, I and other hostages were attended by representatives of Russian TV channels “NTV” and “Russia 24” who interviewed prisoners and filmed the conditions of their compulsory detention. At the same time, “journalists” instructed the hostages to give them the correct answers.

The main torture chamber of the “DPR” was located in the premises of the former archive of the Donetsk SSU Department, which was captured by terrorists in 2014. The hostages were placed on the racks for paper; there was no lavatory, linen and running water. Only in two years’ time terrorists finally legalized my detention: by the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the DPR “a preventive measure in the form of keeping in custody was taken against me”. At the same time, I was banned from legal counsel and they refused to grant me visiting permits.

Among the terrorists in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages. One of them is the head of the 3rd DPR Intelligence Department with a call-name Zaiats (he personally conducted interrogations in the presence of two officers of the RF secret services, who asked questions concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of anti-terrorist operation, the number of personnel and military machinery); another one is Artem, Zaiats’s subordinate, a former employee

of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, who previously served in one of Donetsk regional police departments (he is mercantile and interested in personal enrichment); the third one is Zombi (he used to be a dog handler in Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs special police force “Berkut”)…

7. Denys B. (a civilian, was held captive for 390 days)

“… At the exit of my house, I was knocked down, put a sack on my head and handcuffed. I was also charged with “betrayal of my homeland and “Russkaia vesna” ideals” as well as espionage in favour of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the building of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” in Donetsk (26, Shevchenko St.) they tortured me and smothered me with a plastic bag until they got to know my Twitter account password. They threatened me with physical abuse – to cut off my limbs, to rape me, to execute me by shooting or bury me alive in a pit in a forest. I was also subjected to all sorts of humiliation and threatened to be put into a lime pit. All the torturers were wearing masks (balaklavas), but during the interrogation I heard one terrorist’s call-name – “Yakut”.

On the basis of evidence extracted from me under torture I was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the so- called “Supreme Court of DPR”. People, personally liable for my unlawful imprisonment and fabrication of my criminal case are: Yamanko, a crime scene investigator working for the “DPR Ministry of State Security”; “judges” Tokarenko, Strateichuk and Odehov; Idiatulin, DPR Ministry of State Security criminal investigator; and Bairachnyi, deputy Prosecutor General of DPR.

8. Roman S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 189 days)

“Our security checkpoint was attacked by a sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Russian occupational troops. There were 16 men there, all dressed in the uniform of the Russian Army. Three Ukrainian fighters were killed and I was taken captive during the fight. I was kept prisoner at the high security prison # 97 (Makiyivka, Donetsk oblast). I was frequently tortured during interrogations. Once I was interrogated by O. Zakharchenko in person. That was hardly an interrogation – swear words, shouting and intimidation of sexual assaults all the time; I think he was under drugs. After the interrogation Zakharchenko ordered his inferiors to kill me (it was a mock execution). I don’t know where exactly the interrogation took place because while in captivity I was always transported with a sack on my head”…

9. Serhii S. (civilian, was held captive for 448 days)

“…I was detained by the militants of illegal armed groups of the so called “LPR” in September 2016 while crossing the delimitation line. They accused

me of cooperation with the Armed forces of Ukraine. All the time I was kept in the basement of the former building of SSU regional department in Luhansk oblast. On the premises of that building there were stationed not only local militants but also the units of the RF Army, including officers of the Russian military intelligence (I saw them and heard their conversations). I was interrogated several times. All the interrogations were held with the use of physical violence, they tortured me using electric current, kicked me and humiliated. I was a witness to a murder of one of the captives – Andrij K. – by the “LPR” militants…

10. Ihor S. (a civilian, was held captive for 824 days)

“…I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city of Donetsk. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive. In two months’ time I got to know that I had been charged with espionage. For two years I had been held illegally in the “pretrial detention centre of the DPR Ministry of State Security” (located in Kobozev street, 4) . After the trial that looked like the one of Stalin’s epoch of the thirties, the previous century, I was imprisoned in the penitentiary #32 of Donetsk oblast. Shaipov, the so-called DPR deputy prosecutor, and Kilkeev, an investigator, were involved in framing up a criminal case against me.

The convoy from the DPR Ministry of State Security staff accompanied me to the interrogations. There were five representatives of the RF Federal Security Service (the group called “Hosti (guests)”) who conducted interrogations in the DPR Ministry of State Security building in Shevchenko boulevard. When interrogated I coerced physical and psychological pressure: they tortured me a lot and threatened both me and my family members…”

11. Halyna H. (civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…I worked in the local Municipal Polyclinic. In October 2016, the Chief Doctor called me into his office, where there were present two members of the “MGB DPR”. In their identity documents there were only photographs without any identification data. Further I learned that one man’s name was Vitalii, call-name “Shved” (“Swede”), and another man’s name was Dmytro.

They searched my workplace and visually inspected my mobile phone. They also searched my house and confiscated my computer equipment. I was charged with pro-Ukrainian views.

“Shved” and his colleague brought me to the “MGB DPR” (Tarasa Shevchenka Str., Donetsk). I was interrogated for about an hour by an “MGB DPR” investigator A. Lozinskyi. During interrogations I underwent a

polygraph test. The polygraphist – a Russian Federation citizen – asked me about my attitude toward Ukraine, and about my help to the Armed forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine. I was illegally detained on the premises of the “Izoliatsia” factory (4 Svietloho Puti Str.; a person named Denys Pavlovych, call-name “Pershyi’ (“First”), was in charge of that “MGB DPR base”); later I was transferred to the “MGB DPR” detention unit (Kobazeva Str., Donetsk).

We were kept in appalling conditions, there were no showers and lavatories; they would lock us in a so-called “jar” (tiny room), and in an isolation ward (a 1,5 by 2 m room equipped with video cameras) without windows, where blue color light was on 24 hours a day.

While being held captive I was tortured by electric shocks – they tied me to a metal table with an adhesive tape, put a sack on my head, and attached electrodes to my toes. They also resorted to psychological pressure. They threatened to take my husband to “MGB”. While I was in custody, I was involved in farm work on the premises of the factory – I tended for animals; I also had to tidy up the territory, and to unload vehicles.

In November 2017 I was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by the “DPR military tribunal”. I was provided with a lawyer, who regularly conducted negotiations with my children offering them to pay USD 1000 for my release from prison. Shortly before the court hearing, they replaced the lawyer with Sh.; she got USD 500 for members of the “MGB DPR” who allegedly put me in the exchange of captives’ list…”

12. Oleksii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 1091 days)

“… In December 2014 during my trip to Torez, Donetsk oblast, I was arrested at the checkpoint by persons, related to the so-called “Russian Cossacks”. I was accused of allegedly taking part in the revolutionary events that took place on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, and of allegedly being a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. None of the accusations is true.

For almost two months I had been kept in a street pit on the territory of the former Torez fire-fighting department and then I was transported to the basement of the former SSU building in Donetsk oblast (the base of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”). While in captivity, I was repeatedly interrogated by the representatives of the so-called “Public Prosecutor’s office” and “the DPR Ministry of State Security”: terrorists with the call-names “Ded”, “Iskander”, “Belaz”, “Yusik” (who have been recognized in the photo) . During interrogations, which lasted for about two hours, I was subjected to tortures and other means of physical pressure. I was tortured with an electric current and beaten with various wooden and iron objects. My sister received telephone threats from the representatives of the

DPR Ministry of State Security, who suggested her paying the ransom of 50 thousand dollars for my release…”

13. Anatolii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…While passing the so- called “grey zone” along Popasna-Pervomaisk highway on a bicycle, I was detained by the commander of the Russian terrorist battalion named after Platov (by the surname of Snohii) and his subordinates for allegedly carrying out reconnaissance activities. During my illegal captivity I was alternately kept at the headquarters of the illegal armed group named after Platov in Stahanov (the building of the Taxation office seized by terrorists), in “the LPR military police office” and in the pre-trial detention centre #3 of Krasnolutsk penitentiary #19.On trumped-up charges of “treason against LPR” I was sentenced to 13 years in prison (by Berestenko Yuliia, the judge of the LPR Ministry of State Security).

While in captivity, I was repeatedly subjected to battering, shooting imitations, abuse, intimidation, electric torture etc. They constantly threatened me to arrest my wife. In addition, when I was in “the LPR military police punishment cell”, I witnessed a captive, who was a Ukraine’s Armed Forces serviceman, being tortured: he was brought unconscious and was tortured for 24 hours…”

14. Hryhorii S. (civilian, was held captive for 391 days)

“In December 2016, when I was going home, some masked strangers knocked me down, put a sack on my head and brought me to the building of former of Donetsk militia department. There the so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” Harkovenko, Tymchak, Tserkovnikov and Tsukanov D.V., altogether with their chief Zaharov applied physical tortures (beatings and electrocution, threats of killing) and psychological pressure (threats to kill my relatives). During the interrogation the “LPR Ministry of Interior investigator” Hainutdynov forced me to sign prepared by him documents: a waiver of counsel, permit to conduct the search in my apartment and a surrender, in which I “confessed” of acts of sabotage on the territory of Donetsk (blowing up electricity supply networks, monument to Lenin and kiosks; preparations to blow up Donetsk TV tower and espionage for the benefit of Ukraine).
After that my “confessions” of aiding Ukrainian security services and my alleged acts of sabotage and blow-ups were filmed. I was taken to the forests where I had to show the hiding places with explosive materials. I was in advance instructed by the named above so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” on where and what to show and what to say in the video.

Personal responsibility for committed against me crimes is on the “employees of DPR General Prosecutor’s office” Klimenko, Kartseva and Lastovytska – in collusion with “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” they did acts aimed at my illegal detention in custody and non-disclosure of facts of tortures; the physician-in-chief of Donetsk regional Diagnostic Center Momot, who refused to issue documents to certify the traumas I got after being tortured by the “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior”; Khalabuzar – the chief of the detention center who destroyed the documents certifying my serious condition after interrogations by the “officers of the LPR Ministry of Interior”… .

15. Maxim I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 737 days)

“On capturing me the militants pierced my leg with a submachine gun ramrod and broke my right thumb. Though I was in pain, they took me to the basement of some building and continued to beat me (they fractured my skull, broke my ribs, knocked out my tooth and cut my chin badly.

Then I was moved to Donetsk, where I and my comrades-in-arms were beaten and imprisoned in the former building of the SSU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast at Shchorsa street. We were left without any food for 3 days.

The first interrogation was conducted by a man who told me that he was a serviceman of the RF Armed forces. Some days later he was joined by two more men. As it turned out then, both were from Rostov-on-Don, RF. These particular men were the cruelest at torturing Ukrainian captives.
I know that on December 29, 2015 a Ukrainian serviceman was killed – beaten to death – in the building where I was illegally kept…”

16. Volodymyr B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 711 days)

“… For the first six months I was held captive in the basement of former building of SBU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast, which was taken by militants, then I was at the so-called “DPR commandant’s office”. Since July 2016 I was illegally imprisoned in the cell of colony #97 at Makiivka. I will remember atrocity and cruelty I experienced there for all my life. I nearly lost my mind because of all the tortures, but psychological pressure was even more scaring than physical violence. Once the militants brought the picture of my children and forced me to give an interview for Russian TV channels “ОРТ”and “Live news”…”

17. Andrii H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“…The tortures lasted all night long, and in the morning they put plastic bags on our heads and took us to the premises of the former SSU

Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters” (military unit number 08816, commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname “Kotov” (according to militants). We were held in the basement in solitary cells, and in the cells near us there were militants detained for the breach of discipline.

While torturing us, an unknown person dressed in military uniform (I would guess he is about 30 years old), who called himself Hennadii, regularly offered to us to leave the Armed forces of Ukraine and to defect to the “DPR” militants’ side. I refused to do that. When we were in the commandant’s headquarters, unknown people in balaclava helmets interrogated us, and they recorded the process on video to show it to our relatives.

Later we were transferred to another cell in another wing of the basement in the above mentioned commandant’s headquarters building, where there were about 30 other captives from the Armed forces of Ukraine. In the cell there was a former serviceman of the volunteer Aidar Battalion named A. (about 40 years old, heavily-built, tattoos all over his body), who, according to my comrades, was a traitor, and he acted in propaganda videos to the benefit of the “DPR”, courtesy of O. Zhuravko, a former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine…”

18. Vasyl H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“… I was taken prisoner during the attack on the operating site of the Ukrainian troops by an illegal “DPR” secret subversive group. While we were in captivity, we regularly were threatened we would be killed, and during interrogations they resorted to strong arm tactics, beat us using different tools (truncheons, pliers, gas wrenches etc.)…”

19. Eduard N.(a civilian, was held captive for 401 days)

“…I was detained in Luhansk by the persons who introduced themselves as members of the staff of the DNR Ministry of State Security. During the interrogations they used methods of physical pressure (they struck my limbs with rubber batons and struck my head with books). They constantly threatened and insulted me. I was convicted by the LPR court martial for stirring up national hatred and high treason in the form of espionage for foreign country of Ukraine. They refused to give me a lawyer. There was a closed court session. Mrs. Polonskaia was the presiding judge. I know a person of the investigator, which is Mrs. Yulia Kostenko, I recognized her in the photo № 204…”

20. Viktor L.(a civilian, was held captive for 303 days)

“… I was detained by the collaborators of the pretended Ministry of State Security of the DPR on a charge of spying for Ukraine. Besides them there was a representative of FSB of the Russian Federation who escorted us while they were conveying me to Donetsk. He was driving a car with license plates of the Russian Federation.

I was put in irons, they put winter hat on my head, placed me in a car. From the words of escort persons I understood that they were carrying me to Budionovsk region of Donetsk. When we arrived, they took me into the building, did not put off my heat and put me to the wall with my legs apart. A person speaking with the Russian accent read out the following: “You should address your chief in the form like they are accustomed to address in prison, you’ll be fed twice a day and we’ll give you a piece of paper to write down your confession of being guilty. If you do not write it we’ll put one electric wire on your genitals (“the end”), put the second one in your rectum and put through the current…”

21. Yevhen S. (a civilian, was held captive for 855 days)

During my detention by the staff of the so-called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies”, I was handcuffed and put a dark sack on my head. The armed men took me to Komsomolske, Donetsk oblast, where I was held in the basement of the Kalmius hotel for 45 days. Every day I had been interrogated for about 6 hours, being subjected to physical and psychological abuse. In addition, following the torture, I was forced to sign a false confession admitting espionage in favour of Ukraine.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal” on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 12 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. I was also denied legal counsel.

Among people in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages: they are representatives of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” with the call-names “Alabai”, “Maior”, “Smerch”, “Machete”…”

22. Ivan T. (a civilian, was held captive for 932 days)

“… I was detained at a checkpoint during the inspection of my documents (the terrorists had a tablet with my photo and the information that I was allegedly a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine.) After my detention, I was taken to the building of the former Organized crime unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Donetsk, where I was kept for 8 days.

During interrogations, I was beaten, strangled, tortured with electric current and threatened with murder. I was tortured by “the head of intelligence department” Zakharov, the former officer of the special police force “Berkut” whose call-name was “Simba” and an investigator by the name of Ruslan. In September 2016 I witnessed the murder of a Ukrainian citizen Ch., who was tortured to death during interrogation. She was detained at the beginning of 2016 on suspicion of cooperation with the Supreme Court of Ukraine (the Armed forces of Ukraine) and was held in custody in the building of “guardhouse” (the former office of All-Ukrainian Union “Batkivshchyna” in Donetsk)…”

23. Mykhailo S. (a civilian, was held captive for 321 days)

“…I was detained in the so -called DPR district police department where I was invited as a supposed witness of a road traffic accident. After my being identified I understood that I had been detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security. I was handcuffed; they put a sack on my head made of dark cloth. Accompanied by three employees of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security I was delivered by Daewoo Lanos car to the third floor of an unknown building. The investigator proved that I had been detained for “having carried out espionage activities in Ukraine’s favor”. When interrogated I suffered physical (they battered my limbs) and psychological coercion (they intimidated me by execution, negative consequences for my relatives etc).
According to the “sentence” of the so- called DPR court-martial I was imprisoned for 10 years and had to serve my sentence in a correctional camp of strict regime. The court martial consisted of the following members (their names are decrypted from Russian): Tokarenko N. A. (chief justice), Strateichuk L. Z. (judge), Biriuchkov N. V. (secretary), Krotova I. V. (prosecutor). Besides, Yamanko V. F., “an investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security investigation branch”, was involved in framing up a criminal case against me”…

24. Oleksii K (a civilian, was held captive for 854 days)

“… In August of 2015 I was taken captive by the staff of the so -called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive at that time. Later on, after my detention, I was charged with espionage. I was interrogated by the RF Federal Security Service representatives (the group called “Hosti (guests)” that consisted of 5 persons) in the DPR Ministry of State Security located in Shevchenko boulevard. During interrogations the Russian secret service staff exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me; I was tested twice by means of a lie detector. Shaipov, “the military

prosecutor deputy” and Kilkeev, an “investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security”, were involved my being imprisoned, tortured, abused and convicted unlawfully…”

25. Ivan L. (a serviceman, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…On January 18, 2015, when conducting a combat operation near Spartak village of Donetsk oblast I had my tank damaged. Searching for possible way to withdraw I was injured and taken captive by the militants of “the Cossack union of the Great Don Army” unit (headed by a terrorist call named Batia). When in captivity I suffered from physical coercion a lot; they tried to get to know information concerning call names of the unit command staff, its dislocation, the overall strength of the personnel and ammunition. The terrorists call named Zaiets and Davyd, special representatives of the DPR Ministry of State Security staff, were involved in torturing me. I felt that those brutes suffered from psychological disorders, since they were pleased when captives felt pain and were crying when tortured…”

26. Andrii B. (serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…In May 2015, I was sent on a mission from ATO zone to Poltava oblast in order to detect faults in the military equipment our military unit had to receive. On our route we happened to encounter the checkpoint “Elenovka”, which was held by terrorists of the illegal armed units of the so-called “DPR”.

When I was held in captivity, a man who claimed to be the “DPR Ministry of State Security” lieutenant colonel named Roman Volodymyrovych talked to me five or six times. He didn’t take any interest in military-related issues, paying more attention to personal data. At our fourth meeting he suggested that I should cooperate with illegal armed group fighters in exchange for money and my release from captivity, intimidating to give me psychotropic drugs and to massacre my relatives. He was primarily concerned about information related to the military airfield in Chuhuiv. I turned down his offer point blank and was beaten brutally because of that. In my opinion this person is an employee of the RF FSB…”

27. Yevhen K. (a civilian, was held captive for 867 days)

“…I was detained in Donetsk by the armed men from among the so called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies” on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine. I was handcuffed, put a dark sack on my head and taken to an office block unknown to me. I was repeatedly subjected to means of physical and psychological pressure: I was beaten, abused, threatened with murder and grievous bodily harm. What is more, they

threatened to detain my wife “on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine” if I failed to cooperate with investigative bodies. By means of intimidation I was forced to give evidence, which was recorded by technical means, that I am the so called “Ukraine’s secret services militant, who has undergone training in Yavoriv landfill military base”. The RF citizens personally involved in torture are employees of RF Federal Security Service in Kostroma “Mayor Aleksei” and “captain Krasavchik” (Rus.), who personally tortured me, using a shocker and smothering me with a plastic bag etc.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 16 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. People mentioned below were the members of the so-called “Military tribunal” (the surnames and initials are indicated in Russian): presiding judge – Odehova I. A.; judges – Strateichuk L. Z., Smelik S. G.; secretaries – Zhuk D. S., Smirnov A. V.; prosecutors – Alekseev A. M., Tsymmer V. A., Shailov R. R…”

28. Oleksandr N. (a civilian, was held captive for 925 days)

“…I was detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Novoazovsk of Donetsk oblast (the territory that is temporarily occupied by the RF). When in captivity I was addressed to by the RF Federal Security Service representative (he called himself “Ivan” and promised to improve the conditions of my illegal detention) who asked me to give an interview to the Russian mass media and tell them that “I had undergone special diversionary training in the camps on the territory of Ukraine, in Yavoriv training center in particular, and was instructed by foreigners”. I was interrogated in Donetsk by Stabrov, “the DPR Ministry of State Security major”. The interrogations lasted for 2, sometimes 12-13 hours. During interrogations they exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me (I was tortured and beaten regularly). In the course of such “measures” my witnessing was videotaped. Moreover, my relatives were threatened and blackmailed (they were told that in case of their refusal to come to Donetsk I would be killed or tortured to death). I’d like to admit, that while being held in prison of the DPR Ministry of State Security I witnessed a lot how they beat and employed tortures against a captured Ukrainian serviceman Yevhenii G.…”

29. Anatolii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 615 days)

“…In April of 2015 I was taken captive by the subversive reconnaissance group consisting of the LPR IAG militants (approximately 12-13 persons). I was hit on my head and lost my consciousness as a result of it.

Me and other captives were detained in wards situated in the basement of a multistoried house in the vicinity of the “commandant’s office of the IAG militants” (in the building of the former registry office of Luhansk). The guards wore the RF AF uniform. Almost at once they offered me to work for the “LPR IAF” and promised a “fair wage”. As I had refused, they started intimidating and torturing me. The following persons took part in torturing captives and prisoners (they were recognized in the photo): “colonel Yakubov”, the chief of Luhansk commandant’s office, “first lieutenant Savelieva, the pretrial investigator” and “captain Bielochka (a call name), who boasted of having been a sniper and having murdered Ukrainian warriors in person…”

30. Oleksii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… In April of 2016 when heading for the rotation in the ATO area we got off the course and drove out accidentally to the DPR IAF checkpoint; I was taken captive there.
On the same day we were bought to O. Zakharchenko’s garage. He talked to us in person and then he tore away my insignia. Next day we were conveyed to the DPR Ministry of State Security building (the former Donetsk SSU department, chief torture chamber of Russian terrorists); we were detained in its basement during two months. When in captivity I was beaten almost every day with rubber truncheons…”
31. Leonid S. (a civilian, was held captive for 509 days)

“… I was captured while I was trying to move from Debaltseve, Donetsk oblast, to the territory under Ukraine’s jurisdiction. So-called “offices of the DPR Ministry of State Security” beat me right on the place; they put a bag on my head, placed me in handcuffs and took me to the bus, punching me on the way. I was taken, as I realized later, to the former factory of insulation materials (5, Svitloho Shliakhu street, Donetsk). There, in the office building, there is a “private prison” with a torture ward in the basement; there is another ward with three plank beds placed one above the other and no toilet. On the walls there are surveillance cameras, besides, acoustic surveillance is provided. On the ground floor of the building, there are 11 wards for the detained persons. There is a special ward where straw men are placed to get information. Besides, I was interrogated at the

premises of the so-called Ministry of State Security (76, Shevchenka street, Donetsk). During the interrogations they used electric shocker, battered me, humiliated, attempted to rape, exerted moral and psychological pressure, threatened to torture my relatives.

“Courts-martial”, a “DPR Supreme Court”, accused me of “spying” in favour of “enemy state Ukraine”. During “the court investigation” I was offered “advocation” by Valerii Mykolaiovych Usenko. But as far as I know, Valerii Usenko cooperates with so-called “DPR law enforcement officers”, and they work together to extort money from the relatives of the “accused” in the course of the preliminary investigation before “the guilty verdict” is passed. The “investigator” who conducted “preliminary investigation” in the DPR Ministry of State Security was Vieklov Oleksii Yuriiovych, who tortured hostages together with the chief of the

“DPR Ministry of State Security local office in Debaltsevo” whose name is Dmytro (call name Khrest) and his accomplice Vitalii (call name Shved).

Other persons who conducted tortures of Ukrainian citizens at the factory of insulation materials and at the “correctional facility № 97” are: Serhii Pavlovych (“Palych”), Andrii (“Slipyi”), Yurii (“Tovstyi”); Vasyl Yevdokimov (“Lenin”, “the senior” in the private prison); V.V. Trubitsyn (chief of the pretrial detention centre, sub-colonel); Mark Kholin, Dmytro Niemtsov and Mail Ohly Niporan (all of them are “officers of the correctional facility № 97”).

All the above mentioned persons tried to beat out of me false confession that I was involved in spying. They forced me to fake evidence against myself. Thus, Dmyto (“Khrest”), the “DPR Ministry of State Security officer”, suggested that I should write a letter exactly as told by him. Notably, that I allegedly noted down the data about the dislocation of military equipment, as well as disposition and maneuvers of the illegal armed forces, and then transferred the data to the Security Service of Ukraine. After that, he appropriated my notebook containing the text which I wrote down. Later, when my car was being searched, they found that notebook, which became one of the evidence proving my guilt. In case I wrote that text, “Khrest’ promised that I would be immediately swapped, but if I refused, I would be tortured again.
In December, 2016, while they were recording me on the video in one of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” office rooms, I was offered to read out a pre-prepared text following a pre-arranged scenario. In particular, that I was a SSU undercover agent and transferred information about temporary occupied territories (disposition of the military equipment, armament and

illegal armed forces). Besides, I allegedly received letters with the enclosed photos of the SSU officers whom I, as they thought, worked with. Meanwhile, those letters had no enclosed photos of the SSU officers at all. I called for camera the names which were told to me in advance…”

32. Oleksandr O. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1059 days)

“…I was taken captive in February 2015. While moving in a car along Rostov highway towards Artemivsk we got under fire from terrorists’ ambush. I was wounded, got a shell shock and lost consciousness. When I came to myself I saw some men who had the insignia of the Armed forces of Ukraine – yellow ribbons on their sleeves. When I asked them what they were doing, why were they shooting at us, we were from Ukrainian army too, they said that they were the servicemen from RF. While in captivity I got to know military ranks and call names of Russian servicemen:

‒ “colonel” Gorelov Ihor Volodymyrovich, “Goga”, the curator of the “Commandant’s regiment commanding officer”:

‒ “Commandant regiment Chief of staff, lieutenant colonel, call name Kurgan”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Tahirov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on rear services support of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Karpov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on armament of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “the chief of the subsistence support service, major, call name Kolyvan”;

While in captivity I was regularly tortured, suffered from physical and psychological pressure; once I was even tortured before the eyes of the leader of Donetsk terrorists O. Zakharchenko, who then ordered to execute me – there was a mock execution with firing above the head…’

33. Valerii R. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… On the first day I was interrogated by the leader of pro-Russian terrorists O. Zakharchenko himself, and for the next four days – by an officer of RF Armed forces, who was in “balaclava”. I suffered physical and psychological pressure, was beaten during the interrogations. I was even suggested to kill my comrade in return for freedom. They tried to obtain information on the call names of our commanding officers, our location and number of personnel, and also on our weaponry. As a result of tortures I was forced to sign the protocol stating that I was an enemy artillery fire spotter for the Armed forces of Ukraine…”

34. Oleksandr I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 614 days)

“…After I was taken prisoner, they put a sack on my head, placed me in a car and brought to Debaltseve. I was kept in a basement of some building which I didn’t see because the windows were welded up. During interrogations conducted by the terrorists – members of the so-called “DPR State Security Ministry” they always resorted to strong-arm tactics. I didn’t see who battered me because there was a sack on my head, and I don’t remember how many times they battered me.
They made an attempt to recruit me. In Debaltsevo, a Major (I don’t know his name, he was wearing a balaclava helmet, was about 190 cm in height, physically fit, 30-40 years old) many times offered me to become an “MGB DPR” agent, and for that he promised to stop tortures and even to pay a big sum of money. In case I agreed, he planned to free me from detention as a “hero”. After that, I had to assist in capturing the commander of my squadron senior lieutenant T. I refused to do that…”

35. Mykola I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 776 days)

“…While being captive, I was regularly tortured and beaten in my head, legs, and back. They demanded that I say right to the camera that servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine were involved in the crimes against the people of the Donbass. A former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine Zhuravko O.V. was personally filming that, and he gave me the text which he had written. To his opinion, I was reading the text in a temperate manner, so he ordered to punch me in the face several times, which was done by the members of the so-called “MGB DPR”…

36. Yevhen Ch. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1047 days)

“…In February 2015, while I was fulfilling a combat mission to support infantry squads of the Armed forces of Ukraine, I was taken prisoner by a group of Russian militants – members of illegal armed groups.

During interrogations in the so-called “MGB DPR” they knocked my teeth out, and this was done in the presence of the “DPR Defense Minister” Kononov. By resorting to physical abuse and threats (they threatened to kill my mother and to rape my sister), they made me give a fake interview and say that I refused from prisoner exchange and wished to stay in the “DPR”. Two officers of the Russian Federation secret services (they spoke with a strongly marked “Moscow” accent) participated in the tortures…”

37. Oleksandr L. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1083 days)

In February 2015 we fell into the ambush near the village Logvinovo of Donetsk region. The road was blocked with the ammunition boxes, the anti-tank mines were planting around them so it was impossible to turn back the car and go in the opposite direction. When the car stopped they began firing. My right hand finger was wounded with shrapnel and I got a bullet wound in my right hand. Having left the car, I crawled away as far as possible. They stopped firing. Someone struck on my helmet and said: “Don’t move or you’ll be shot down”.
We were motionless when the militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR confiscated our arms, documents, helmets, bullet-proof vests and cut off our insignia

They gave me order to get the killed serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine out of the overturned KAMAZ that was under bombardment, put him into the shell-hole and lie down with him to be shot. The terrorists fired the machine guns over head and had a laugh. Approximately half an hour later car URAL arrived to take us. When we were approaching the car, one old man came to us. The militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR exclaimed:” Grandpa, they are those Yanks who fired at you”. This old man took a stick that looked like a spade handle and started hitting my head with it until it broke. While I was climbing the lorry they struck blows on my back and my legs with a gun butt. In the car I was lying on the floor.

We arrived into one village where they moved us into the luggage boot of another car and put us in fetters. They brought us to Maiskaia street where the Nova Poshta former branch office once was situated and now it was occupied by the unit of Russian terrorists of Don Cossacks. They beat and interrogated us. When a man in charge of the illegal armed unit under the call name OPER arrived, they already knew that one of the Ukrainian serviceman had been decorated with the order of Bohdan Khmelnitskyi Third Class. He and some other wounded soldiers were shot by OPER’s order.
I was interrogated by OPER in 10 persons’ presence. Then they forced us to grant interview to Live News. The journalists of this channel gave us text which stated that units of the Armed forces of Ukraine were not activated, that special blocking teams opened fire targeting those soldiers who were going to retreat. After our conversation with the journalists we were imprisoned in the basement of the unknown building where the militants from the illegal armed unit of the DPR call named Cheka, Shchuka, Milioner, Tesak and commandant Botsman used to beat and humiliate us…”

38. Mykola N. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 647 days)

“…I was taken captive in March 2015. That day I was buying some milk from a local resident of Zaitsevo settlement in Donetsk region who lived near our fighting position. I tasted milk before buying and then lost consciousness. When I regained consciousness I could not understand where I was and saw an armed person beside me. I took him for a friendly person. When we came in the building and started talking I realized that I was in captivity of the terrorists. They beat me and put into the car and brought as I suppose to Horlivka. There they again beat me and interrogated. The same day they brought me to Donetsk and put into the building of the former regional department of SBU where they were keeping me for a month. After my arriving there they interrogated and beat me. In the course of interrogation the terrorists tried to get information about the location of our artillery and equipment. On the third day of my captivity in the building of the former regional department of SBU in Donetsk they took me to the interrogation where they gave me the text of an interview and made me read it on video camera. Hudiakov Yevhen, the senior lieutenant was the person who with extreme cruelty tortured me and other Ukrainian captives”…

39. Taras G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 279 days)

“…I was taken captive when conducting combat operations – reconnaissance and determination of the hostile fire units’ location. However the adversary started shelling our group. As I had disoriented myself afield, I fell down into the entrenchment with two terrorists inside it (they were Don Cossacks). When I was trying to use my personal weapon, the third terrorist, who had approached me from behind, hit me at my back. They took away my machine gun, tied my hands and brought me to their APC-60 that carried us to Kalynove settlement. When they detained me and were transporting me to the place of destination they were constantly beating me with their upper and lower limbs and a knife handle. In Kalynove settlement I was interrogated by “the chief of the 6th motor rifle unit” call named “Poltinnik”. He wanted to get to know the information concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian AF units, artillery, provisions supply battalions, weapons and equipment.

In the course of interrogations and “by his order”, his subordinates (Don Cossacks) were beating me. Then I was taken to the “military commandant’s office” (located in 40, Gastello str., Artemivk district of Luhansk). I was brought into a one-place room there situated in the basement. On the same day I was taken for interrogations by 9 “persons”, 6

of them were “guards”, three others conducted interrogations. They were hiding their faces and called themselves “russkiie (Russians)”. When interrogated, I understood they were from “Kupol (dome) or K unit”. Some of them had a sleeve insignia that looked like a split church dome against the black colored background with no inscriptions. “Kupols” interrogated me twice or thrice a day exerting physical pressure upon me, using an electric shocker, applying electric current from the “TA -57” telephone set and beat me with rubber truncheons. They did these things with the aim to make me confess to my having been involved in favoring the activities of secret services of Ukraine, the SSU in particular. They abused and tortured me when I refused to learn or say aloud the text that had been given to me during another interrogation while they were taping videos for the occupational Mass Media.

While carrying out household activities (cleaning premises etc.), I got an opportunity to learn the list of IAF representatives who served in the “military commandant’s office” in 40, Gastello str., Artemivsk district of Luhansk (their leave and duty rosters etc.) and were involved in torturing Ukrainian captives:

— “commandant, lieutenant colonel” Zhyronkin Leonid Oleksandrovych (according to other IAF members, a former SSU employee);

— “chief of staff, major” Navrotsky Viacheslav Ivanovych;
— “deputy commander for morale & welfare, lieutenant” Kyryliuk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (has got a coloured tattoo of a scorpi on his right shoulder);

— “lieutenant” Akhmetshyn Oleksandr Yuriiovych;
— “lieutenant” Koshelenko Serhii Romanovych (“Kosheliok”);

— “warrant officer” Bazalii Hennadii Serhiiovych (“Baza”), who took part in “combat actions” with call name “Malysh” (approximately in 2015);

— “chief of military detention, senior warrant officer” Protas Andrii Serhiiovych, who took part in “combat actions” of 2014, then served as a “personal guard’ of Plotnytsky;

— “chief of the department of crime prevention, senior lieutenant” Sorokina Liubov Semenivna;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Grachova Yuliia Yevheniivna. Her husband’s father was “the LPR military commandant, colonel” Grachov;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Leonov Serhii Hryhorovych;

— “senior lieutenant” Turkin Hennadii Mykolaiovych (“Afgan”), was

transferred to “the 2nd RF AF AC staff” presumably to the “department of morale and welfare”;

— “in charge of armament, deputy commandant, colonel” Synelnyk Volodymyr Vasyliovych (is over weight);

— “captain, assistant commandant for support (since September of 2017) ”Honcharov Yevhen Valentynovych (has got a mustache), in December of 2017 he was shifted to the “commandant’s office” of Zhovtnevyi district in Luhansk;

— “lieutenant” Bublyk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (or Mykolaiovych);

— “senior lieutenant, chief of the commandant’s platoon, assistant commandant for support (since December of 2017)” Kalinin Vitalii Vasyliovych;

— “soldier ”Bozhenko Oleksii Hennadiiovych (is overweight);
— “soldier” Kravtsov Andrii Yuriiovych, has got a tattoo of a canopy on his shoulder typical of paratroopers and a tattoo with “Za VDV (For air borne forces)” inscription on his little finger;

— “senior soldier (probably, sergeant)” Handzii Serhii;
— “lieutenant (probably, senior lieutenant), chief of staff deputy” Korotukhin Oleksii (Artem)…

40. Volodymyr G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 739 days)

“…Immediately after being taken captive my uniform, military card and belongings were taken way, I was left just in my underclothes. In some a minivan arrived at the checkpoint and in 15-20 minutes I was taken to the basement of an unknown building. There I was tortured and threatened of being killed. Tortures went on for the whole night. In the morning, with a plastic bag on my head, I was transferred to the premises of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters”(commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname Kotov (according to militants).

In half a year all the captives, who were at the “commandant’s headquarters” (34 men) were transferred to prison in Makiivka – (western correctional facility), in which we stayed until released from captivity. In September 2017, about a year and a half after I was taken captive, the detention center was visited by the representatives of the so-called “investigative department of DPR General Prosecutor’s office”. They charged me with “collaboration with terrorists”. I denied “the charges”, and that was included into the “transcript of interrogation”.

While I was in captivity I suffered grievous bodily harm: my two left ribs were broken, I had a left ear contusion as a result of beatings and after a shot was made close to the left side of my head…”

41. Oleksandr T. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 702 days)

“After taken captive I was transferred to the township of Mykolaivka and handed over to the representatives of Russian armed terrorist group “3rd battalion of Slavic brigade” – to the “colonel with a call-name “Starshina” and to his aid with a call-name “Mal’ok”. I was immediately hit into the face with a submachine gun butt, then I was kicked, beaten with rubber truncheons and I was unable to cover myself as I was handcuffed. I lost consciousness of pain and came to myself in Donetsk. I was imprisoned in “military unit 08816” (Donetsk, Molodizhna street). In Donetsk I was interrogated by an employee of FSB of RF and by employees of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”. Interrogations were conducted according to one scenario – at first they forced to confess of crimes against civilians and then they beat me cruelly – my rib was broken and I had my teeth knocked out…”

42. Mykola H. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1051 days)

“…I was illegally kept imprisoned in the prison of Russian terrorists “correctional facility #97” in Makiivka, Donetsk oblast. All this time they either forced me to sign the “confession of crimes against Donetsk people” or suggested joining the militants of illegal armed groups. They didn’t hide the fact that though the salary of militants was not high, they could loot the locals, suspected of having sympathy towards Ukraine, without being punished. I suffered from physical and psychological tortures. I was regularly tortured by Shapovalov A.A. – “deputy head of imprisonment sector”, call-name “Nimets” (I recognize him in picture #67)…

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES of UKRAINE

BY MATERIALS of THE SECURITY SERVICE OF UKRAINE

EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE ORDLO TERRITORIES, ON THE MILITARY AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AGAINST UKRAINE, INHUMAN DETENTION CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL ABUSE, TORTURE AND MORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HUMILIATION

1. Oleksandr D. (civilian, was held captive for 905 days)

“… At the end of 2015 I was taken prisoner by pro-Russian militiamen for an attempted “illegal crossing of the border” between Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk Oblast, near Heorhiivka. I was brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department on Bauman street. I was photographed, and my interrogation was captured on video. The interrogation was conducted by a representative of the so-called “Counterintelligence Department of the DPR State Security Ministry (MGB DPR)” (I recognize him on photo #140), and the “head of the Military Counterintelligence Department”, call- name “David”, who was personally in charge of interrogations and beatings of the hostages (I recognize him on photo #167). Besides, on photo #79 I have identified a pro-Russian militiaman, an “armed escort member” who guarded the hostages kept in the fuel and lubricant warehouse. In six months, I was transferred to the basement of Donetsk Regional State Administration building. During two months I was held captive in some office room, and three months later I was transferred to the prison camp #97 in Makiivka.

While being illegally held captive, I was beaten severely and deprived of food many times. They organized mock executions, firing weapons at me. The “commanding officer of the DPR separate commandant’s regiment” V. Anosov and his wife “major” Anosova were particularly cruel – they regularly tortured the hostages and captive servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and abused their dignity…”

2-3. Artem A. and Vladyslav O. (civilians, were held captive for 444 days)

“…We were taken prisoners by the so-called “officers of the MGB DPR” in the Teatralna Square in October 2016, in full view of dozens of people, and were brought to the building of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department (79 Radianska Str., Luhansk). The terrorists accused us of having been in contact with servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and with volunteers from “Asov Battalion”, to whom we communicated

information on the disposition of units the Russian Federation regular troops on the temporarily occupied territories in Luhansk Oblast. Besides, they found a video of burning a flag of the so-called “LPR” in Vladyslav’s telephone.

Starting with the first interrogation, which lasted from 12:00 to 22:00, we were both beaten and underwent psychological pressure (threats, humiliations). Physical abuse (beatings, electric shocks, suffocation using plastic bags) and threats to cut off limbs, fingers in particular, are a key tool in the activities of the so-called “MGB LPR”, and each of us experienced them.

Later we were convicted of “treason through conniving [with the enemy]” and “desecration of the state symbols of the LPR”.

The fake trial was organized personally by the following supporters of terrorists: the “LPR Military Tribunal judge” Lunha A.H., the clerk of the court Dokukina L.I., Deputy Head of the Department of Prosecutor-General’s Office of LPR Kozlov M.V.”.

Among those who personally tortured Ukrainian hostages, and were involved in our illegal detention, are the ones whom we recognize in the photos: Rohovenko S. (call-name “Tunhuz”, a former law- enforcement officer, currently an “officer of the MGB LPR”); Kovaliov L., a “Major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Borets”; Denys, call-name ”John”, an “officer of the MGB LPR”, graduated from Luhansk National Agrarian University; “major of justice” Manuilova Yu., a “forensic specialist of the MGB LPR Investigative Department”, a former officer of the Investigative Branch of Luhansk Regional Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine”; “colonel of justice” Petrenko B., currently “head of the MGB LPR Investigative Arm”, a former officer of the SSU Luhansk Regional Department; “major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Frol”, who tortured the hostages with obsessive cruelty. Besides, the “officer of the MGB LPR” Denys, call-name ”John” (I would guess he is 25 years old, 180 -185 cm in height, fair-haired, has a tattoo “За ВДВ” on his left hand) repeatedly persuaded us to commit a terrorist act on the territory of Ukraine in exchange for a possibility to return to Luhansk…”

4. Valerii R. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 890 days)

“…At the beginning of April 2016, when the convoy was moving to the place of rotation, we were ambushed; as a result of it our car (the last in the convoy) was damaged by the anti -armor grenade launcher and seized by Russian terrorists. I was taken to the occupied territory by the militants and brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department

situated in Bauman street. At once I was accused of having conducted terrorist activities on the territory of Donetsk oblast. In the course of interrogations which were held 2-3 times a week I coerced psychological pressure (they beat me with legs and a rubber stick; they applied a current from my old mobile phone), they promised to cut off my arms. The staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security took away my mobile phone; they presumably called my brother from it and informed him of my having deserted to terrorists. Moreover, they called my niece and threatened her with physical violence. The terrorists employed tortures against a captured serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine call named “R” by means of filing his teeth; they stabbed both legs of a Ukraine’s AF serviceman call named “H”.

For three months I had been held in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department and then I was taken to the prison settlement #97 in Makiivka. In October 2017, I was attended by the DPR Ministry of State Security investigators who accused me of “having aided terrorists and adjusted fire” and “promised” to imprison me for 20-30 years…”.

5. Oleksandr F. (a civilian, was held captive for 723 days)

“… I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Makiivka of Donetsk Oblast. They found symbols of Ukraine and the EU in the course of a search that resulted in my being captured. Soon afterwards I was brought to the room #302 in the building of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security (Donetsk, Shevchenko str., 26), where I was interrogated for the first time and coerced beatings and intimidation. I was interrogated by the following “special investigative agents”: Horbokon (call named “Niemets”), Biloborodko (call named “Monomakh”) and Yefimovych who demanded that I should confirm my membership in Ukrainian patriotic organizations. I was held captive by the DPR Ministry of State Security bodies for three months; first I was held in a non-heated lock- up garage (though it was winter), then I was brought to the former archives office that had been turned into a torture chamber by terrorists. The guards and the staff of the DPR Ministry of State Security abused hostages all the time (beat them with their hands, legs and rubber cues). Trubitsyn, “the chief” of the pre -trial detention center, and Kholin, “a criminal investigative agent”, turned to be the cruelest.

In August 2016, I was convicted by Donetsk inter -regional court in Makiivka, then by the DPR court martial. I remember the representatives of prosecution involved in fraud for obtaining judgment: Kilkieev and Orlova, investigators, Maksymova, a judge in Makiivka, Strateichuk and Odegov, court martial judges, Serhieev and Maksymov, the prosecutors. Mykyta

Kiosev (the head of “Moloda Respublika (Young Republic)” terrorist civil organization) and Hryhorii Zinovyk (a functionary of the students’ trade-union committee), considered informants and provocateurs, as well as the above mentioned “criminal investigative agents of the DPR Ministry of State Security” acted as witnesses.

I served my “sentence” in the penitentiary #27 (Horlivka, Nemyrovych-Danchenko str.). I was tortured there personally by Oleksandr Liashenko, “the head of penitentiary”, his relative and “the deputy head” at the same time Dmytro Liashenko and Dmytro Verych, a “criminal investigative agent”. Just before the hostage handover, on December 25, 2017 in particular, the Liashenkos, being drunken sadists, beat and abused me from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m.…”.

6. Oleksandr A. (a civilian, was held captive for 848 days)

“… I was taken hostage by the representatives of the armed Russian-terrorist group “Sparta” and the so-called “military police officers” who accused me of “treason against DPR”. For some time, I was held in a basement, where I was interrogated five times. Each interrogation had lasted on average for about two or three hours. At the same time, I was subjected to physical abuse – I was beaten with hands, legs, rubber truncheons and a butt of an assault rifle. As a result of a torture, I was left disabled. One of the interrogations was filmed by a “blogger” Zhurabka for the Russian agitation visual. Later, I and other hostages were attended by representatives of Russian TV channels “NTV” and “Russia 24” who interviewed prisoners and filmed the conditions of their compulsory detention. At the same time, “journalists” instructed the hostages to give them the correct answers.

The main torture chamber of the “DPR” was located in the premises of the former archive of the Donetsk SSU Department, which was captured by terrorists in 2014. The hostages were placed on the racks for paper; there was no lavatory, linen and running water. Only in two years’ time terrorists finally legalized my detention: by the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the DPR “a preventive measure in the form of keeping in custody was taken against me”. At the same time, I was banned from legal counsel and they refused to grant me visiting permits.

Among the terrorists in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages. One of them is the head of the 3rd DPR Intelligence Department with a call-name Zaiats (he personally conducted interrogations in the presence of two officers of the RF secret services, who asked questions concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of anti-terrorist operation, the number of personnel and military machinery); another one is Artem, Zaiats’s subordinate, a former employee

of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, who previously served in one of Donetsk regional police departments (he is mercantile and interested in personal enrichment); the third one is Zombi (he used to be a dog handler in Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs special police force “Berkut”)…

7. Denys B. (a civilian, was held captive for 390 days)

“… At the exit of my house, I was knocked down, put a sack on my head and handcuffed. I was also charged with “betrayal of my homeland and “Russkaia vesna” ideals” as well as espionage in favour of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the building of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” in Donetsk (26, Shevchenko St.) they tortured me and smothered me with a plastic bag until they got to know my Twitter account password. They threatened me with physical abuse – to cut off my limbs, to rape me, to execute me by shooting or bury me alive in a pit in a forest. I was also subjected to all sorts of humiliation and threatened to be put into a lime pit. All the torturers were wearing masks (balaklavas), but during the interrogation I heard one terrorist’s call-name – “Yakut”.

On the basis of evidence extracted from me under torture I was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the so- called “Supreme Court of DPR”. People, personally liable for my unlawful imprisonment and fabrication of my criminal case are: Yamanko, a crime scene investigator working for the “DPR Ministry of State Security”; “judges” Tokarenko, Strateichuk and Odehov; Idiatulin, DPR Ministry of State Security criminal investigator; and Bairachnyi, deputy Prosecutor General of DPR.

8. Roman S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 189 days)

“Our security checkpoint was attacked by a sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Russian occupational troops. There were 16 men there, all dressed in the uniform of the Russian Army. Three Ukrainian fighters were killed and I was taken captive during the fight. I was kept prisoner at the high security prison # 97 (Makiyivka, Donetsk oblast). I was frequently tortured during interrogations. Once I was interrogated by O. Zakharchenko in person. That was hardly an interrogation – swear words, shouting and intimidation of sexual assaults all the time; I think he was under drugs. After the interrogation Zakharchenko ordered his inferiors to kill me (it was a mock execution). I don’t know where exactly the interrogation took place because while in captivity I was always transported with a sack on my head”…

9. Serhii S. (civilian, was held captive for 448 days)

“…I was detained by the militants of illegal armed groups of the so called “LPR” in September 2016 while crossing the delimitation line. They accused

me of cooperation with the Armed forces of Ukraine. All the time I was kept in the basement of the former building of SSU regional department in Luhansk oblast. On the premises of that building there were stationed not only local militants but also the units of the RF Army, including officers of the Russian military intelligence (I saw them and heard their conversations). I was interrogated several times. All the interrogations were held with the use of physical violence, they tortured me using electric current, kicked me and humiliated. I was a witness to a murder of one of the captives – Andrij K. – by the “LPR” militants…

10. Ihor S. (a civilian, was held captive for 824 days)

“…I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city of Donetsk. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive. In two months’ time I got to know that I had been charged with espionage. For two years I had been held illegally in the “pretrial detention centre of the DPR Ministry of State Security” (located in Kobozev street, 4) . After the trial that looked like the one of Stalin’s epoch of the thirties, the previous century, I was imprisoned in the penitentiary #32 of Donetsk oblast. Shaipov, the so-called DPR deputy prosecutor, and Kilkeev, an investigator, were involved in framing up a criminal case against me.

The convoy from the DPR Ministry of State Security staff accompanied me to the interrogations. There were five representatives of the RF Federal Security Service (the group called “Hosti (guests)”) who conducted interrogations in the DPR Ministry of State Security building in Shevchenko boulevard. When interrogated I coerced physical and psychological pressure: they tortured me a lot and threatened both me and my family members…”

11. Halyna H. (civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…I worked in the local Municipal Polyclinic. In October 2016, the Chief Doctor called me into his office, where there were present two members of the “MGB DPR”. In their identity documents there were only photographs without any identification data. Further I learned that one man’s name was Vitalii, call-name “Shved” (“Swede”), and another man’s name was Dmytro.

They searched my workplace and visually inspected my mobile phone. They also searched my house and confiscated my computer equipment. I was charged with pro-Ukrainian views.

“Shved” and his colleague brought me to the “MGB DPR” (Tarasa Shevchenka Str., Donetsk). I was interrogated for about an hour by an “MGB DPR” investigator A. Lozinskyi. During interrogations I underwent a

polygraph test. The polygraphist – a Russian Federation citizen – asked me about my attitude toward Ukraine, and about my help to the Armed forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine. I was illegally detained on the premises of the “Izoliatsia” factory (4 Svietloho Puti Str.; a person named Denys Pavlovych, call-name “Pershyi’ (“First”), was in charge of that “MGB DPR base”); later I was transferred to the “MGB DPR” detention unit (Kobazeva Str., Donetsk).

We were kept in appalling conditions, there were no showers and lavatories; they would lock us in a so-called “jar” (tiny room), and in an isolation ward (a 1,5 by 2 m room equipped with video cameras) without windows, where blue color light was on 24 hours a day.

While being held captive I was tortured by electric shocks – they tied me to a metal table with an adhesive tape, put a sack on my head, and attached electrodes to my toes. They also resorted to psychological pressure. They threatened to take my husband to “MGB”. While I was in custody, I was involved in farm work on the premises of the factory – I tended for animals; I also had to tidy up the territory, and to unload vehicles.

In November 2017 I was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by the “DPR military tribunal”. I was provided with a lawyer, who regularly conducted negotiations with my children offering them to pay USD 1000 for my release from prison. Shortly before the court hearing, they replaced the lawyer with Sh.; she got USD 500 for members of the “MGB DPR” who allegedly put me in the exchange of captives’ list…”

12. Oleksii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 1091 days)

“… In December 2014 during my trip to Torez, Donetsk oblast, I was arrested at the checkpoint by persons, related to the so-called “Russian Cossacks”. I was accused of allegedly taking part in the revolutionary events that took place on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, and of allegedly being a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. None of the accusations is true.

For almost two months I had been kept in a street pit on the territory of the former Torez fire-fighting department and then I was transported to the basement of the former SSU building in Donetsk oblast (the base of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”). While in captivity, I was repeatedly interrogated by the representatives of the so-called “Public Prosecutor’s office” and “the DPR Ministry of State Security”: terrorists with the call-names “Ded”, “Iskander”, “Belaz”, “Yusik” (who have been recognized in the photo) . During interrogations, which lasted for about two hours, I was subjected to tortures and other means of physical pressure. I was tortured with an electric current and beaten with various wooden and iron objects. My sister received telephone threats from the representatives of the

DPR Ministry of State Security, who suggested her paying the ransom of 50 thousand dollars for my release…”

13. Anatolii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…While passing the so- called “grey zone” along Popasna-Pervomaisk highway on a bicycle, I was detained by the commander of the Russian terrorist battalion named after Platov (by the surname of Snohii) and his subordinates for allegedly carrying out reconnaissance activities. During my illegal captivity I was alternately kept at the headquarters of the illegal armed group named after Platov in Stahanov (the building of the Taxation office seized by terrorists), in “the LPR military police office” and in the pre-trial detention centre #3 of Krasnolutsk penitentiary #19.On trumped-up charges of “treason against LPR” I was sentenced to 13 years in prison (by Berestenko Yuliia, the judge of the LPR Ministry of State Security).

While in captivity, I was repeatedly subjected to battering, shooting imitations, abuse, intimidation, electric torture etc. They constantly threatened me to arrest my wife. In addition, when I was in “the LPR military police punishment cell”, I witnessed a captive, who was a Ukraine’s Armed Forces serviceman, being tortured: he was brought unconscious and was tortured for 24 hours…”

14. Hryhorii S. (civilian, was held captive for 391 days)

“In December 2016, when I was going home, some masked strangers knocked me down, put a sack on my head and brought me to the building of former of Donetsk militia department. There the so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” Harkovenko, Tymchak, Tserkovnikov and Tsukanov D.V., altogether with their chief Zaharov applied physical tortures (beatings and electrocution, threats of killing) and psychological pressure (threats to kill my relatives). During the interrogation the “LPR Ministry of Interior investigator” Hainutdynov forced me to sign prepared by him documents: a waiver of counsel, permit to conduct the search in my apartment and a surrender, in which I “confessed” of acts of sabotage on the territory of Donetsk (blowing up electricity supply networks, monument to Lenin and kiosks; preparations to blow up Donetsk TV tower and espionage for the benefit of Ukraine).
After that my “confessions” of aiding Ukrainian security services and my alleged acts of sabotage and blow-ups were filmed. I was taken to the forests where I had to show the hiding places with explosive materials. I was in advance instructed by the named above so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” on where and what to show and what to say in the video.

Personal responsibility for committed against me crimes is on the “employees of DPR General Prosecutor’s office” Klimenko, Kartseva and Lastovytska – in collusion with “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” they did acts aimed at my illegal detention in custody and non-disclosure of facts of tortures; the physician-in-chief of Donetsk regional Diagnostic Center Momot, who refused to issue documents to certify the traumas I got after being tortured by the “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior”; Khalabuzar – the chief of the detention center who destroyed the documents certifying my serious condition after interrogations by the “officers of the LPR Ministry of Interior”… .

15. Maxim I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 737 days)

“On capturing me the militants pierced my leg with a submachine gun ramrod and broke my right thumb. Though I was in pain, they took me to the basement of some building and continued to beat me (they fractured my skull, broke my ribs, knocked out my tooth and cut my chin badly.

Then I was moved to Donetsk, where I and my comrades-in-arms were beaten and imprisoned in the former building of the SSU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast at Shchorsa street. We were left without any food for 3 days.

The first interrogation was conducted by a man who told me that he was a serviceman of the RF Armed forces. Some days later he was joined by two more men. As it turned out then, both were from Rostov-on-Don, RF. These particular men were the cruelest at torturing Ukrainian captives.
I know that on December 29, 2015 a Ukrainian serviceman was killed – beaten to death – in the building where I was illegally kept…”

16. Volodymyr B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 711 days)

“… For the first six months I was held captive in the basement of former building of SBU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast, which was taken by militants, then I was at the so-called “DPR commandant’s office”. Since July 2016 I was illegally imprisoned in the cell of colony #97 at Makiivka. I will remember atrocity and cruelty I experienced there for all my life. I nearly lost my mind because of all the tortures, but psychological pressure was even more scaring than physical violence. Once the militants brought the picture of my children and forced me to give an interview for Russian TV channels “ОРТ”and “Live news”…”

17. Andrii H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“…The tortures lasted all night long, and in the morning they put plastic bags on our heads and took us to the premises of the former SSU

Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters” (military unit number 08816, commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname “Kotov” (according to militants). We were held in the basement in solitary cells, and in the cells near us there were militants detained for the breach of discipline.

While torturing us, an unknown person dressed in military uniform (I would guess he is about 30 years old), who called himself Hennadii, regularly offered to us to leave the Armed forces of Ukraine and to defect to the “DPR” militants’ side. I refused to do that. When we were in the commandant’s headquarters, unknown people in balaclava helmets interrogated us, and they recorded the process on video to show it to our relatives.

Later we were transferred to another cell in another wing of the basement in the above mentioned commandant’s headquarters building, where there were about 30 other captives from the Armed forces of Ukraine. In the cell there was a former serviceman of the volunteer Aidar Battalion named A. (about 40 years old, heavily-built, tattoos all over his body), who, according to my comrades, was a traitor, and he acted in propaganda videos to the benefit of the “DPR”, courtesy of O. Zhuravko, a former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine…”

18. Vasyl H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“… I was taken prisoner during the attack on the operating site of the Ukrainian troops by an illegal “DPR” secret subversive group. While we were in captivity, we regularly were threatened we would be killed, and during interrogations they resorted to strong arm tactics, beat us using different tools (truncheons, pliers, gas wrenches etc.)…”

19. Eduard N.(a civilian, was held captive for 401 days)

“…I was detained in Luhansk by the persons who introduced themselves as members of the staff of the DNR Ministry of State Security. During the interrogations they used methods of physical pressure (they struck my limbs with rubber batons and struck my head with books). They constantly threatened and insulted me. I was convicted by the LPR court martial for stirring up national hatred and high treason in the form of espionage for foreign country of Ukraine. They refused to give me a lawyer. There was a closed court session. Mrs. Polonskaia was the presiding judge. I know a person of the investigator, which is Mrs. Yulia Kostenko, I recognized her in the photo № 204…”

20. Viktor L.(a civilian, was held captive for 303 days)

“… I was detained by the collaborators of the pretended Ministry of State Security of the DPR on a charge of spying for Ukraine. Besides them there was a representative of FSB of the Russian Federation who escorted us while they were conveying me to Donetsk. He was driving a car with license plates of the Russian Federation.

I was put in irons, they put winter hat on my head, placed me in a car. From the words of escort persons I understood that they were carrying me to Budionovsk region of Donetsk. When we arrived, they took me into the building, did not put off my heat and put me to the wall with my legs apart. A person speaking with the Russian accent read out the following: “You should address your chief in the form like they are accustomed to address in prison, you’ll be fed twice a day and we’ll give you a piece of paper to write down your confession of being guilty. If you do not write it we’ll put one electric wire on your genitals (“the end”), put the second one in your rectum and put through the current…”

21. Yevhen S. (a civilian, was held captive for 855 days)

During my detention by the staff of the so-called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies”, I was handcuffed and put a dark sack on my head. The armed men took me to Komsomolske, Donetsk oblast, where I was held in the basement of the Kalmius hotel for 45 days. Every day I had been interrogated for about 6 hours, being subjected to physical and psychological abuse. In addition, following the torture, I was forced to sign a false confession admitting espionage in favour of Ukraine.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal” on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 12 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. I was also denied legal counsel.

Among people in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages: they are representatives of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” with the call-names “Alabai”, “Maior”, “Smerch”, “Machete”…”

22. Ivan T. (a civilian, was held captive for 932 days)

“… I was detained at a checkpoint during the inspection of my documents (the terrorists had a tablet with my photo and the information that I was allegedly a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine.) After my detention, I was taken to the building of the former Organized crime unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Donetsk, where I was kept for 8 days.

During interrogations, I was beaten, strangled, tortured with electric current and threatened with murder. I was tortured by “the head of intelligence department” Zakharov, the former officer of the special police force “Berkut” whose call-name was “Simba” and an investigator by the name of Ruslan. In September 2016 I witnessed the murder of a Ukrainian citizen Ch., who was tortured to death during interrogation. She was detained at the beginning of 2016 on suspicion of cooperation with the Supreme Court of Ukraine (the Armed forces of Ukraine) and was held in custody in the building of “guardhouse” (the former office of All-Ukrainian Union “Batkivshchyna” in Donetsk)…”

23. Mykhailo S. (a civilian, was held captive for 321 days)

“…I was detained in the so -called DPR district police department where I was invited as a supposed witness of a road traffic accident. After my being identified I understood that I had been detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security. I was handcuffed; they put a sack on my head made of dark cloth. Accompanied by three employees of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security I was delivered by Daewoo Lanos car to the third floor of an unknown building. The investigator proved that I had been detained for “having carried out espionage activities in Ukraine’s favor”. When interrogated I suffered physical (they battered my limbs) and psychological coercion (they intimidated me by execution, negative consequences for my relatives etc).
According to the “sentence” of the so- called DPR court-martial I was imprisoned for 10 years and had to serve my sentence in a correctional camp of strict regime. The court martial consisted of the following members (their names are decrypted from Russian): Tokarenko N. A. (chief justice), Strateichuk L. Z. (judge), Biriuchkov N. V. (secretary), Krotova I. V. (prosecutor). Besides, Yamanko V. F., “an investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security investigation branch”, was involved in framing up a criminal case against me”…

24. Oleksii K (a civilian, was held captive for 854 days)

“… In August of 2015 I was taken captive by the staff of the so -called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive at that time. Later on, after my detention, I was charged with espionage. I was interrogated by the RF Federal Security Service representatives (the group called “Hosti (guests)” that consisted of 5 persons) in the DPR Ministry of State Security located in Shevchenko boulevard. During interrogations the Russian secret service staff exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me; I was tested twice by means of a lie detector. Shaipov, “the military

prosecutor deputy” and Kilkeev, an “investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security”, were involved my being imprisoned, tortured, abused and convicted unlawfully…”

25. Ivan L. (a serviceman, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…On January 18, 2015, when conducting a combat operation near Spartak village of Donetsk oblast I had my tank damaged. Searching for possible way to withdraw I was injured and taken captive by the militants of “the Cossack union of the Great Don Army” unit (headed by a terrorist call named Batia). When in captivity I suffered from physical coercion a lot; they tried to get to know information concerning call names of the unit command staff, its dislocation, the overall strength of the personnel and ammunition. The terrorists call named Zaiets and Davyd, special representatives of the DPR Ministry of State Security staff, were involved in torturing me. I felt that those brutes suffered from psychological disorders, since they were pleased when captives felt pain and were crying when tortured…”

26. Andrii B. (serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…In May 2015, I was sent on a mission from ATO zone to Poltava oblast in order to detect faults in the military equipment our military unit had to receive. On our route we happened to encounter the checkpoint “Elenovka”, which was held by terrorists of the illegal armed units of the so-called “DPR”.

When I was held in captivity, a man who claimed to be the “DPR Ministry of State Security” lieutenant colonel named Roman Volodymyrovych talked to me five or six times. He didn’t take any interest in military-related issues, paying more attention to personal data. At our fourth meeting he suggested that I should cooperate with illegal armed group fighters in exchange for money and my release from captivity, intimidating to give me psychotropic drugs and to massacre my relatives. He was primarily concerned about information related to the military airfield in Chuhuiv. I turned down his offer point blank and was beaten brutally because of that. In my opinion this person is an employee of the RF FSB…”

27. Yevhen K. (a civilian, was held captive for 867 days)

“…I was detained in Donetsk by the armed men from among the so called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies” on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine. I was handcuffed, put a dark sack on my head and taken to an office block unknown to me. I was repeatedly subjected to means of physical and psychological pressure: I was beaten, abused, threatened with murder and grievous bodily harm. What is more, they

threatened to detain my wife “on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine” if I failed to cooperate with investigative bodies. By means of intimidation I was forced to give evidence, which was recorded by technical means, that I am the so called “Ukraine’s secret services militant, who has undergone training in Yavoriv landfill military base”. The RF citizens personally involved in torture are employees of RF Federal Security Service in Kostroma “Mayor Aleksei” and “captain Krasavchik” (Rus.), who personally tortured me, using a shocker and smothering me with a plastic bag etc.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 16 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. People mentioned below were the members of the so-called “Military tribunal” (the surnames and initials are indicated in Russian): presiding judge – Odehova I. A.; judges – Strateichuk L. Z., Smelik S. G.; secretaries – Zhuk D. S., Smirnov A. V.; prosecutors – Alekseev A. M., Tsymmer V. A., Shailov R. R…”

28. Oleksandr N. (a civilian, was held captive for 925 days)

“…I was detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Novoazovsk of Donetsk oblast (the territory that is temporarily occupied by the RF). When in captivity I was addressed to by the RF Federal Security Service representative (he called himself “Ivan” and promised to improve the conditions of my illegal detention) who asked me to give an interview to the Russian mass media and tell them that “I had undergone special diversionary training in the camps on the territory of Ukraine, in Yavoriv training center in particular, and was instructed by foreigners”. I was interrogated in Donetsk by Stabrov, “the DPR Ministry of State Security major”. The interrogations lasted for 2, sometimes 12-13 hours. During interrogations they exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me (I was tortured and beaten regularly). In the course of such “measures” my witnessing was videotaped. Moreover, my relatives were threatened and blackmailed (they were told that in case of their refusal to come to Donetsk I would be killed or tortured to death). I’d like to admit, that while being held in prison of the DPR Ministry of State Security I witnessed a lot how they beat and employed tortures against a captured Ukrainian serviceman Yevhenii G.…”

29. Anatolii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 615 days)

“…In April of 2015 I was taken captive by the subversive reconnaissance group consisting of the LPR IAG militants (approximately 12-13 persons). I was hit on my head and lost my consciousness as a result of it.

Me and other captives were detained in wards situated in the basement of a multistoried house in the vicinity of the “commandant’s office of the IAG militants” (in the building of the former registry office of Luhansk). The guards wore the RF AF uniform. Almost at once they offered me to work for the “LPR IAF” and promised a “fair wage”. As I had refused, they started intimidating and torturing me. The following persons took part in torturing captives and prisoners (they were recognized in the photo): “colonel Yakubov”, the chief of Luhansk commandant’s office, “first lieutenant Savelieva, the pretrial investigator” and “captain Bielochka (a call name), who boasted of having been a sniper and having murdered Ukrainian warriors in person…”

30. Oleksii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… In April of 2016 when heading for the rotation in the ATO area we got off the course and drove out accidentally to the DPR IAF checkpoint; I was taken captive there.
On the same day we were bought to O. Zakharchenko’s garage. He talked to us in person and then he tore away my insignia. Next day we were conveyed to the DPR Ministry of State Security building (the former Donetsk SSU department, chief torture chamber of Russian terrorists); we were detained in its basement during two months. When in captivity I was beaten almost every day with rubber truncheons…”
31. Leonid S. (a civilian, was held captive for 509 days)

“… I was captured while I was trying to move from Debaltseve, Donetsk oblast, to the territory under Ukraine’s jurisdiction. So-called “offices of the DPR Ministry of State Security” beat me right on the place; they put a bag on my head, placed me in handcuffs and took me to the bus, punching me on the way. I was taken, as I realized later, to the former factory of insulation materials (5, Svitloho Shliakhu street, Donetsk). There, in the office building, there is a “private prison” with a torture ward in the basement; there is another ward with three plank beds placed one above the other and no toilet. On the walls there are surveillance cameras, besides, acoustic surveillance is provided. On the ground floor of the building, there are 11 wards for the detained persons. There is a special ward where straw men are placed to get information. Besides, I was interrogated at the

premises of the so-called Ministry of State Security (76, Shevchenka street, Donetsk). During the interrogations they used electric shocker, battered me, humiliated, attempted to rape, exerted moral and psychological pressure, threatened to torture my relatives.

“Courts-martial”, a “DPR Supreme Court”, accused me of “spying” in favour of “enemy state Ukraine”. During “the court investigation” I was offered “advocation” by Valerii Mykolaiovych Usenko. But as far as I know, Valerii Usenko cooperates with so-called “DPR law enforcement officers”, and they work together to extort money from the relatives of the “accused” in the course of the preliminary investigation before “the guilty verdict” is passed. The “investigator” who conducted “preliminary investigation” in the DPR Ministry of State Security was Vieklov Oleksii Yuriiovych, who tortured hostages together with the chief of the

“DPR Ministry of State Security local office in Debaltsevo” whose name is Dmytro (call name Khrest) and his accomplice Vitalii (call name Shved).

Other persons who conducted tortures of Ukrainian citizens at the factory of insulation materials and at the “correctional facility № 97” are: Serhii Pavlovych (“Palych”), Andrii (“Slipyi”), Yurii (“Tovstyi”); Vasyl Yevdokimov (“Lenin”, “the senior” in the private prison); V.V. Trubitsyn (chief of the pretrial detention centre, sub-colonel); Mark Kholin, Dmytro Niemtsov and Mail Ohly Niporan (all of them are “officers of the correctional facility № 97”).

All the above mentioned persons tried to beat out of me false confession that I was involved in spying. They forced me to fake evidence against myself. Thus, Dmyto (“Khrest”), the “DPR Ministry of State Security officer”, suggested that I should write a letter exactly as told by him. Notably, that I allegedly noted down the data about the dislocation of military equipment, as well as disposition and maneuvers of the illegal armed forces, and then transferred the data to the Security Service of Ukraine. After that, he appropriated my notebook containing the text which I wrote down. Later, when my car was being searched, they found that notebook, which became one of the evidence proving my guilt. In case I wrote that text, “Khrest’ promised that I would be immediately swapped, but if I refused, I would be tortured again.
In December, 2016, while they were recording me on the video in one of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” office rooms, I was offered to read out a pre-prepared text following a pre-arranged scenario. In particular, that I was a SSU undercover agent and transferred information about temporary occupied territories (disposition of the military equipment, armament and

illegal armed forces). Besides, I allegedly received letters with the enclosed photos of the SSU officers whom I, as they thought, worked with. Meanwhile, those letters had no enclosed photos of the SSU officers at all. I called for camera the names which were told to me in advance…”

32. Oleksandr O. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1059 days)

“…I was taken captive in February 2015. While moving in a car along Rostov highway towards Artemivsk we got under fire from terrorists’ ambush. I was wounded, got a shell shock and lost consciousness. When I came to myself I saw some men who had the insignia of the Armed forces of Ukraine – yellow ribbons on their sleeves. When I asked them what they were doing, why were they shooting at us, we were from Ukrainian army too, they said that they were the servicemen from RF. While in captivity I got to know military ranks and call names of Russian servicemen:

‒ “colonel” Gorelov Ihor Volodymyrovich, “Goga”, the curator of the “Commandant’s regiment commanding officer”:

‒ “Commandant regiment Chief of staff, lieutenant colonel, call name Kurgan”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Tahirov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on rear services support of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Karpov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on armament of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “the chief of the subsistence support service, major, call name Kolyvan”;

While in captivity I was regularly tortured, suffered from physical and psychological pressure; once I was even tortured before the eyes of the leader of Donetsk terrorists O. Zakharchenko, who then ordered to execute me – there was a mock execution with firing above the head…’

33. Valerii R. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… On the first day I was interrogated by the leader of pro-Russian terrorists O. Zakharchenko himself, and for the next four days – by an officer of RF Armed forces, who was in “balaclava”. I suffered physical and psychological pressure, was beaten during the interrogations. I was even suggested to kill my comrade in return for freedom. They tried to obtain information on the call names of our commanding officers, our location and number of personnel, and also on our weaponry. As a result of tortures I was forced to sign the protocol stating that I was an enemy artillery fire spotter for the Armed forces of Ukraine…”

34. Oleksandr I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 614 days)

“…After I was taken prisoner, they put a sack on my head, placed me in a car and brought to Debaltseve. I was kept in a basement of some building which I didn’t see because the windows were welded up. During interrogations conducted by the terrorists – members of the so-called “DPR State Security Ministry” they always resorted to strong-arm tactics. I didn’t see who battered me because there was a sack on my head, and I don’t remember how many times they battered me.
They made an attempt to recruit me. In Debaltsevo, a Major (I don’t know his name, he was wearing a balaclava helmet, was about 190 cm in height, physically fit, 30-40 years old) many times offered me to become an “MGB DPR” agent, and for that he promised to stop tortures and even to pay a big sum of money. In case I agreed, he planned to free me from detention as a “hero”. After that, I had to assist in capturing the commander of my squadron senior lieutenant T. I refused to do that…”

35. Mykola I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 776 days)

“…While being captive, I was regularly tortured and beaten in my head, legs, and back. They demanded that I say right to the camera that servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine were involved in the crimes against the people of the Donbass. A former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine Zhuravko O.V. was personally filming that, and he gave me the text which he had written. To his opinion, I was reading the text in a temperate manner, so he ordered to punch me in the face several times, which was done by the members of the so-called “MGB DPR”…

36. Yevhen Ch. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1047 days)

“…In February 2015, while I was fulfilling a combat mission to support infantry squads of the Armed forces of Ukraine, I was taken prisoner by a group of Russian militants – members of illegal armed groups.

During interrogations in the so-called “MGB DPR” they knocked my teeth out, and this was done in the presence of the “DPR Defense Minister” Kononov. By resorting to physical abuse and threats (they threatened to kill my mother and to rape my sister), they made me give a fake interview and say that I refused from prisoner exchange and wished to stay in the “DPR”. Two officers of the Russian Federation secret services (they spoke with a strongly marked “Moscow” accent) participated in the tortures…”

37. Oleksandr L. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1083 days)

In February 2015 we fell into the ambush near the village Logvinovo of Donetsk region. The road was blocked with the ammunition boxes, the anti-tank mines were planting around them so it was impossible to turn back the car and go in the opposite direction. When the car stopped they began firing. My right hand finger was wounded with shrapnel and I got a bullet wound in my right hand. Having left the car, I crawled away as far as possible. They stopped firing. Someone struck on my helmet and said: “Don’t move or you’ll be shot down”.
We were motionless when the militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR confiscated our arms, documents, helmets, bullet-proof vests and cut off our insignia

They gave me order to get the killed serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine out of the overturned KAMAZ that was under bombardment, put him into the shell-hole and lie down with him to be shot. The terrorists fired the machine guns over head and had a laugh. Approximately half an hour later car URAL arrived to take us. When we were approaching the car, one old man came to us. The militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR exclaimed:” Grandpa, they are those Yanks who fired at you”. This old man took a stick that looked like a spade handle and started hitting my head with it until it broke. While I was climbing the lorry they struck blows on my back and my legs with a gun butt. In the car I was lying on the floor.

We arrived into one village where they moved us into the luggage boot of another car and put us in fetters. They brought us to Maiskaia street where the Nova Poshta former branch office once was situated and now it was occupied by the unit of Russian terrorists of Don Cossacks. They beat and interrogated us. When a man in charge of the illegal armed unit under the call name OPER arrived, they already knew that one of the Ukrainian serviceman had been decorated with the order of Bohdan Khmelnitskyi Third Class. He and some other wounded soldiers were shot by OPER’s order.
I was interrogated by OPER in 10 persons’ presence. Then they forced us to grant interview to Live News. The journalists of this channel gave us text which stated that units of the Armed forces of Ukraine were not activated, that special blocking teams opened fire targeting those soldiers who were going to retreat. After our conversation with the journalists we were imprisoned in the basement of the unknown building where the militants from the illegal armed unit of the DPR call named Cheka, Shchuka, Milioner, Tesak and commandant Botsman used to beat and humiliate us…”

38. Mykola N. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 647 days)

“…I was taken captive in March 2015. That day I was buying some milk from a local resident of Zaitsevo settlement in Donetsk region who lived near our fighting position. I tasted milk before buying and then lost consciousness. When I regained consciousness I could not understand where I was and saw an armed person beside me. I took him for a friendly person. When we came in the building and started talking I realized that I was in captivity of the terrorists. They beat me and put into the car and brought as I suppose to Horlivka. There they again beat me and interrogated. The same day they brought me to Donetsk and put into the building of the former regional department of SBU where they were keeping me for a month. After my arriving there they interrogated and beat me. In the course of interrogation the terrorists tried to get information about the location of our artillery and equipment. On the third day of my captivity in the building of the former regional department of SBU in Donetsk they took me to the interrogation where they gave me the text of an interview and made me read it on video camera. Hudiakov Yevhen, the senior lieutenant was the person who with extreme cruelty tortured me and other Ukrainian captives”…

39. Taras G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 279 days)

“…I was taken captive when conducting combat operations – reconnaissance and determination of the hostile fire units’ location. However the adversary started shelling our group. As I had disoriented myself afield, I fell down into the entrenchment with two terrorists inside it (they were Don Cossacks). When I was trying to use my personal weapon, the third terrorist, who had approached me from behind, hit me at my back. They took away my machine gun, tied my hands and brought me to their APC-60 that carried us to Kalynove settlement. When they detained me and were transporting me to the place of destination they were constantly beating me with their upper and lower limbs and a knife handle. In Kalynove settlement I was interrogated by “the chief of the 6th motor rifle unit” call named “Poltinnik”. He wanted to get to know the information concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian AF units, artillery, provisions supply battalions, weapons and equipment.

In the course of interrogations and “by his order”, his subordinates (Don Cossacks) were beating me. Then I was taken to the “military commandant’s office” (located in 40, Gastello str., Artemivk district of Luhansk). I was brought into a one-place room there situated in the basement. On the same day I was taken for interrogations by 9 “persons”, 6

of them were “guards”, three others conducted interrogations. They were hiding their faces and called themselves “russkiie (Russians)”. When interrogated, I understood they were from “Kupol (dome) or K unit”. Some of them had a sleeve insignia that looked like a split church dome against the black colored background with no inscriptions. “Kupols” interrogated me twice or thrice a day exerting physical pressure upon me, using an electric shocker, applying electric current from the “TA -57” telephone set and beat me with rubber truncheons. They did these things with the aim to make me confess to my having been involved in favoring the activities of secret services of Ukraine, the SSU in particular. They abused and tortured me when I refused to learn or say aloud the text that had been given to me during another interrogation while they were taping videos for the occupational Mass Media.

While carrying out household activities (cleaning premises etc.), I got an opportunity to learn the list of IAF representatives who served in the “military commandant’s office” in 40, Gastello str., Artemivsk district of Luhansk (their leave and duty rosters etc.) and were involved in torturing Ukrainian captives:

— “commandant, lieutenant colonel” Zhyronkin Leonid Oleksandrovych (according to other IAF members, a former SSU employee);

— “chief of staff, major” Navrotsky Viacheslav Ivanovych;
— “deputy commander for morale & welfare, lieutenant” Kyryliuk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (has got a coloured tattoo of a scorpi on his right shoulder);

— “lieutenant” Akhmetshyn Oleksandr Yuriiovych;
— “lieutenant” Koshelenko Serhii Romanovych (“Kosheliok”);

— “warrant officer” Bazalii Hennadii Serhiiovych (“Baza”), who took part in “combat actions” with call name “Malysh” (approximately in 2015);

— “chief of military detention, senior warrant officer” Protas Andrii Serhiiovych, who took part in “combat actions” of 2014, then served as a “personal guard’ of Plotnytsky;

— “chief of the department of crime prevention, senior lieutenant” Sorokina Liubov Semenivna;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Grachova Yuliia Yevheniivna. Her husband’s father was “the LPR military commandant, colonel” Grachov;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Leonov Serhii Hryhorovych;

— “senior lieutenant” Turkin Hennadii Mykolaiovych (“Afgan”), was

transferred to “the 2nd RF AF AC staff” presumably to the “department of morale and welfare”;

— “in charge of armament, deputy commandant, colonel” Synelnyk Volodymyr Vasyliovych (is over weight);

— “captain, assistant commandant for support (since September of 2017) ”Honcharov Yevhen Valentynovych (has got a mustache), in December of 2017 he was shifted to the “commandant’s office” of Zhovtnevyi district in Luhansk;

— “lieutenant” Bublyk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (or Mykolaiovych);

— “senior lieutenant, chief of the commandant’s platoon, assistant commandant for support (since December of 2017)” Kalinin Vitalii Vasyliovych;

— “soldier ”Bozhenko Oleksii Hennadiiovych (is overweight);
— “soldier” Kravtsov Andrii Yuriiovych, has got a tattoo of a canopy on his shoulder typical of paratroopers and a tattoo with “Za VDV (For air borne forces)” inscription on his little finger;

— “senior soldier (probably, sergeant)” Handzii Serhii;
— “lieutenant (probably, senior lieutenant), chief of staff deputy” Korotukhin Oleksii (Artem)…

40. Volodymyr G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 739 days)

“…Immediately after being taken captive my uniform, military card and belongings were taken way, I was left just in my underclothes. In some a minivan arrived at the checkpoint and in 15-20 minutes I was taken to the basement of an unknown building. There I was tortured and threatened of being killed. Tortures went on for the whole night. In the morning, with a plastic bag on my head, I was transferred to the premises of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters”(commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname Kotov (according to militants).

In half a year all the captives, who were at the “commandant’s headquarters” (34 men) were transferred to prison in Makiivka – (western correctional facility), in which we stayed until released from captivity. In September 2017, about a year and a half after I was taken captive, the detention center was visited by the representatives of the so-called “investigative department of DPR General Prosecutor’s office”. They charged me with “collaboration with terrorists”. I denied “the charges”, and that was included into the “transcript of interrogation”.

While I was in captivity I suffered grievous bodily harm: my two left ribs were broken, I had a left ear contusion as a result of beatings and after a shot was made close to the left side of my head…”

41. Oleksandr T. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 702 days)

“After taken captive I was transferred to the township of Mykolaivka and handed over to the representatives of Russian armed terrorist group “3rd battalion of Slavic brigade” – to the “colonel with a call-name “Starshina” and to his aid with a call-name “Mal’ok”. I was immediately hit into the face with a submachine gun butt, then I was kicked, beaten with rubber truncheons and I was unable to cover myself as I was handcuffed. I lost consciousness of pain and came to myself in Donetsk. I was imprisoned in “military unit 08816” (Donetsk, Molodizhna street). In Donetsk I was interrogated by an employee of FSB of RF and by employees of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”. Interrogations were conducted according to one scenario – at first they forced to confess of crimes against civilians and then they beat me cruelly – my rib was broken and I had my teeth knocked out…”

42. Mykola H. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1051 days)

“…I was illegally kept imprisoned in the prison of Russian terrorists “correctional facility #97” in Makiivka, Donetsk oblast. All this time they either forced me to sign the “confession of crimes against Donetsk people” or suggested joining the militants of illegal armed groups. They didn’t hide the fact that though the salary of militants was not high, they could loot the locals, suspected of having sympathy towards Ukraine, without being punished. I suffered from physical and psychological tortures. I was regularly tortured by Shapovalov A.A. – “deputy head of imprisonment sector”, call-name “Nimets” (I recognize him in picture #67)…

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES of UKRAINE

BY MATERIALS of THE SECURITY SERVICE OF UKRAINE

EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE ORDLO TERRITORIES, ON THE MILITARY AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AGAINST UKRAINE, INHUMAN DETENTION CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL ABUSE, TORTURE AND MORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HUMILIATION

1. Oleksandr D. (civilian, was held captive for 905 days)

“… At the end of 2015 I was taken prisoner by pro-Russian militiamen for an attempted “illegal crossing of the border” between Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk Oblast, near Heorhiivka. I was brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department on Bauman street. I was photographed, and my interrogation was captured on video. The interrogation was conducted by a representative of the so-called “Counterintelligence Department of the DPR State Security Ministry (MGB DPR)” (I recognize him on photo #140), and the “head of the Military Counterintelligence Department”, call- name “David”, who was personally in charge of interrogations and beatings of the hostages (I recognize him on photo #167). Besides, on photo #79 I have identified a pro-Russian militiaman, an “armed escort member” who guarded the hostages kept in the fuel and lubricant warehouse. In six months, I was transferred to the basement of Donetsk Regional State Administration building. During two months I was held captive in some office room, and three months later I was transferred to the prison camp #97 in Makiivka.

While being illegally held captive, I was beaten severely and deprived of food many times. They organized mock executions, firing weapons at me. The “commanding officer of the DPR separate commandant’s regiment” V. Anosov and his wife “major” Anosova were particularly cruel – they regularly tortured the hostages and captive servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and abused their dignity…”

2-3. Artem A. and Vladyslav O. (civilians, were held captive for 444 days)

“…We were taken prisoners by the so-called “officers of the MGB DPR” in the Teatralna Square in October 2016, in full view of dozens of people, and were brought to the building of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department (79 Radianska Str., Luhansk). The terrorists accused us of having been in contact with servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and with volunteers from “Asov Battalion”, to whom we communicated

information on the disposition of units the Russian Federation regular troops on the temporarily occupied territories in Luhansk Oblast. Besides, they found a video of burning a flag of the so-called “LPR” in Vladyslav’s telephone.

Starting with the first interrogation, which lasted from 12:00 to 22:00, we were both beaten and underwent psychological pressure (threats, humiliations). Physical abuse (beatings, electric shocks, suffocation using plastic bags) and threats to cut off limbs, fingers in particular, are a key tool in the activities of the so-called “MGB LPR”, and each of us experienced them.

Later we were convicted of “treason through conniving [with the enemy]” and “desecration of the state symbols of the LPR”.

The fake trial was organized personally by the following supporters of terrorists: the “LPR Military Tribunal judge” Lunha A.H., the clerk of the court Dokukina L.I., Deputy Head of the Department of Prosecutor-General’s Office of LPR Kozlov M.V.”.

Among those who personally tortured Ukrainian hostages, and were involved in our illegal detention, are the ones whom we recognize in the photos: Rohovenko S. (call-name “Tunhuz”, a former law- enforcement officer, currently an “officer of the MGB LPR”); Kovaliov L., a “Major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Borets”; Denys, call-name ”John”, an “officer of the MGB LPR”, graduated from Luhansk National Agrarian University; “major of justice” Manuilova Yu., a “forensic specialist of the MGB LPR Investigative Department”, a former officer of the Investigative Branch of Luhansk Regional Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine”; “colonel of justice” Petrenko B., currently “head of the MGB LPR Investigative Arm”, a former officer of the SSU Luhansk Regional Department; “major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Frol”, who tortured the hostages with obsessive cruelty. Besides, the “officer of the MGB LPR” Denys, call-name ”John” (I would guess he is 25 years old, 180 -185 cm in height, fair-haired, has a tattoo “За ВДВ” on his left hand) repeatedly persuaded us to commit a terrorist act on the territory of Ukraine in exchange for a possibility to return to Luhansk…”

4. Valerii R. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 890 days)

“…At the beginning of April 2016, when the convoy was moving to the place of rotation, we were ambushed; as a result of it our car (the last in the convoy) was damaged by the anti -armor grenade launcher and seized by Russian terrorists. I was taken to the occupied territory by the militants and brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department

situated in Bauman street. At once I was accused of having conducted terrorist activities on the territory of Donetsk oblast. In the course of interrogations which were held 2-3 times a week I coerced psychological pressure (they beat me with legs and a rubber stick; they applied a current from my old mobile phone), they promised to cut off my arms. The staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security took away my mobile phone; they presumably called my brother from it and informed him of my having deserted to terrorists. Moreover, they called my niece and threatened her with physical violence. The terrorists employed tortures against a captured serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine call named “R” by means of filing his teeth; they stabbed both legs of a Ukraine’s AF serviceman call named “H”.

For three months I had been held in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department and then I was taken to the prison settlement #97 in Makiivka. In October 2017, I was attended by the DPR Ministry of State Security investigators who accused me of “having aided terrorists and adjusted fire” and “promised” to imprison me for 20-30 years…”.

5. Oleksandr F. (a civilian, was held captive for 723 days)

“… I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Makiivka of Donetsk Oblast. They found symbols of Ukraine and the EU in the course of a search that resulted in my being captured. Soon afterwards I was brought to the room #302 in the building of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security (Donetsk, Shevchenko str., 26), where I was interrogated for the first time and coerced beatings and intimidation. I was interrogated by the following “special investigative agents”: Horbokon (call named “Niemets”), Biloborodko (call named “Monomakh”) and Yefimovych who demanded that I should confirm my membership in Ukrainian patriotic organizations. I was held captive by the DPR Ministry of State Security bodies for three months; first I was held in a non-heated lock- up garage (though it was winter), then I was brought to the former archives office that had been turned into a torture chamber by terrorists. The guards and the staff of the DPR Ministry of State Security abused hostages all the time (beat them with their hands, legs and rubber cues). Trubitsyn, “the chief” of the pre -trial detention center, and Kholin, “a criminal investigative agent”, turned to be the cruelest.

In August 2016, I was convicted by Donetsk inter -regional court in Makiivka, then by the DPR court martial. I remember the representatives of prosecution involved in fraud for obtaining judgment: Kilkieev and Orlova, investigators, Maksymova, a judge in Makiivka, Strateichuk and Odegov, court martial judges, Serhieev and Maksymov, the prosecutors. Mykyta

Kiosev (the head of “Moloda Respublika (Young Republic)” terrorist civil organization) and Hryhorii Zinovyk (a functionary of the students’ trade-union committee), considered informants and provocateurs, as well as the above mentioned “criminal investigative agents of the DPR Ministry of State Security” acted as witnesses.

I served my “sentence” in the penitentiary #27 (Horlivka, Nemyrovych-Danchenko str.). I was tortured there personally by Oleksandr Liashenko, “the head of penitentiary”, his relative and “the deputy head” at the same time Dmytro Liashenko and Dmytro Verych, a “criminal investigative agent”. Just before the hostage handover, on December 25, 2017 in particular, the Liashenkos, being drunken sadists, beat and abused me from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m.…”.

6. Oleksandr A. (a civilian, was held captive for 848 days)

“… I was taken hostage by the representatives of the armed Russian-terrorist group “Sparta” and the so-called “military police officers” who accused me of “treason against DPR”. For some time, I was held in a basement, where I was interrogated five times. Each interrogation had lasted on average for about two or three hours. At the same time, I was subjected to physical abuse – I was beaten with hands, legs, rubber truncheons and a butt of an assault rifle. As a result of a torture, I was left disabled. One of the interrogations was filmed by a “blogger” Zhurabka for the Russian agitation visual. Later, I and other hostages were attended by representatives of Russian TV channels “NTV” and “Russia 24” who interviewed prisoners and filmed the conditions of their compulsory detention. At the same time, “journalists” instructed the hostages to give them the correct answers.

The main torture chamber of the “DPR” was located in the premises of the former archive of the Donetsk SSU Department, which was captured by terrorists in 2014. The hostages were placed on the racks for paper; there was no lavatory, linen and running water. Only in two years’ time terrorists finally legalized my detention: by the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the DPR “a preventive measure in the form of keeping in custody was taken against me”. At the same time, I was banned from legal counsel and they refused to grant me visiting permits.

Among the terrorists in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages. One of them is the head of the 3rd DPR Intelligence Department with a call-name Zaiats (he personally conducted interrogations in the presence of two officers of the RF secret services, who asked questions concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of anti-terrorist operation, the number of personnel and military machinery); another one is Artem, Zaiats’s subordinate, a former employee

of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, who previously served in one of Donetsk regional police departments (he is mercantile and interested in personal enrichment); the third one is Zombi (he used to be a dog handler in Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs special police force “Berkut”)…

7. Denys B. (a civilian, was held captive for 390 days)

“… At the exit of my house, I was knocked down, put a sack on my head and handcuffed. I was also charged with “betrayal of my homeland and “Russkaia vesna” ideals” as well as espionage in favour of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the building of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” in Donetsk (26, Shevchenko St.) they tortured me and smothered me with a plastic bag until they got to know my Twitter account password. They threatened me with physical abuse – to cut off my limbs, to rape me, to execute me by shooting or bury me alive in a pit in a forest. I was also subjected to all sorts of humiliation and threatened to be put into a lime pit. All the torturers were wearing masks (balaklavas), but during the interrogation I heard one terrorist’s call-name – “Yakut”.

On the basis of evidence extracted from me under torture I was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the so- called “Supreme Court of DPR”. People, personally liable for my unlawful imprisonment and fabrication of my criminal case are: Yamanko, a crime scene investigator working for the “DPR Ministry of State Security”; “judges” Tokarenko, Strateichuk and Odehov; Idiatulin, DPR Ministry of State Security criminal investigator; and Bairachnyi, deputy Prosecutor General of DPR.

8. Roman S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 189 days)

“Our security checkpoint was attacked by a sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Russian occupational troops. There were 16 men there, all dressed in the uniform of the Russian Army. Three Ukrainian fighters were killed and I was taken captive during the fight. I was kept prisoner at the high security prison # 97 (Makiyivka, Donetsk oblast). I was frequently tortured during interrogations. Once I was interrogated by O. Zakharchenko in person. That was hardly an interrogation – swear words, shouting and intimidation of sexual assaults all the time; I think he was under drugs. After the interrogation Zakharchenko ordered his inferiors to kill me (it was a mock execution). I don’t know where exactly the interrogation took place because while in captivity I was always transported with a sack on my head”…

9. Serhii S. (civilian, was held captive for 448 days)

“…I was detained by the militants of illegal armed groups of the so called “LPR” in September 2016 while crossing the delimitation line. They accused

me of cooperation with the Armed forces of Ukraine. All the time I was kept in the basement of the former building of SSU regional department in Luhansk oblast. On the premises of that building there were stationed not only local militants but also the units of the RF Army, including officers of the Russian military intelligence (I saw them and heard their conversations). I was interrogated several times. All the interrogations were held with the use of physical violence, they tortured me using electric current, kicked me and humiliated. I was a witness to a murder of one of the captives – Andrij K. – by the “LPR” militants…

10. Ihor S. (a civilian, was held captive for 824 days)

“…I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city of Donetsk. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive. In two months’ time I got to know that I had been charged with espionage. For two years I had been held illegally in the “pretrial detention centre of the DPR Ministry of State Security” (located in Kobozev street, 4) . After the trial that looked like the one of Stalin’s epoch of the thirties, the previous century, I was imprisoned in the penitentiary #32 of Donetsk oblast. Shaipov, the so-called DPR deputy prosecutor, and Kilkeev, an investigator, were involved in framing up a criminal case against me.

The convoy from the DPR Ministry of State Security staff accompanied me to the interrogations. There were five representatives of the RF Federal Security Service (the group called “Hosti (guests)”) who conducted interrogations in the DPR Ministry of State Security building in Shevchenko boulevard. When interrogated I coerced physical and psychological pressure: they tortured me a lot and threatened both me and my family members…”

11. Halyna H. (civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…I worked in the local Municipal Polyclinic. In October 2016, the Chief Doctor called me into his office, where there were present two members of the “MGB DPR”. In their identity documents there were only photographs without any identification data. Further I learned that one man’s name was Vitalii, call-name “Shved” (“Swede”), and another man’s name was Dmytro.

They searched my workplace and visually inspected my mobile phone. They also searched my house and confiscated my computer equipment. I was charged with pro-Ukrainian views.

“Shved” and his colleague brought me to the “MGB DPR” (Tarasa Shevchenka Str., Donetsk). I was interrogated for about an hour by an “MGB DPR” investigator A. Lozinskyi. During interrogations I underwent a

polygraph test. The polygraphist – a Russian Federation citizen – asked me about my attitude toward Ukraine, and about my help to the Armed forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine. I was illegally detained on the premises of the “Izoliatsia” factory (4 Svietloho Puti Str.; a person named Denys Pavlovych, call-name “Pershyi’ (“First”), was in charge of that “MGB DPR base”); later I was transferred to the “MGB DPR” detention unit (Kobazeva Str., Donetsk).

We were kept in appalling conditions, there were no showers and lavatories; they would lock us in a so-called “jar” (tiny room), and in an isolation ward (a 1,5 by 2 m room equipped with video cameras) without windows, where blue color light was on 24 hours a day.

While being held captive I was tortured by electric shocks – they tied me to a metal table with an adhesive tape, put a sack on my head, and attached electrodes to my toes. They also resorted to psychological pressure. They threatened to take my husband to “MGB”. While I was in custody, I was involved in farm work on the premises of the factory – I tended for animals; I also had to tidy up the territory, and to unload vehicles.

In November 2017 I was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by the “DPR military tribunal”. I was provided with a lawyer, who regularly conducted negotiations with my children offering them to pay USD 1000 for my release from prison. Shortly before the court hearing, they replaced the lawyer with Sh.; she got USD 500 for members of the “MGB DPR” who allegedly put me in the exchange of captives’ list…”

12. Oleksii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 1091 days)

“… In December 2014 during my trip to Torez, Donetsk oblast, I was arrested at the checkpoint by persons, related to the so-called “Russian Cossacks”. I was accused of allegedly taking part in the revolutionary events that took place on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, and of allegedly being a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. None of the accusations is true.

For almost two months I had been kept in a street pit on the territory of the former Torez fire-fighting department and then I was transported to the basement of the former SSU building in Donetsk oblast (the base of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”). While in captivity, I was repeatedly interrogated by the representatives of the so-called “Public Prosecutor’s office” and “the DPR Ministry of State Security”: terrorists with the call-names “Ded”, “Iskander”, “Belaz”, “Yusik” (who have been recognized in the photo) . During interrogations, which lasted for about two hours, I was subjected to tortures and other means of physical pressure. I was tortured with an electric current and beaten with various wooden and iron objects. My sister received telephone threats from the representatives of the

DPR Ministry of State Security, who suggested her paying the ransom of 50 thousand dollars for my release…”

13. Anatolii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…While passing the so- called “grey zone” along Popasna-Pervomaisk highway on a bicycle, I was detained by the commander of the Russian terrorist battalion named after Platov (by the surname of Snohii) and his subordinates for allegedly carrying out reconnaissance activities. During my illegal captivity I was alternately kept at the headquarters of the illegal armed group named after Platov in Stahanov (the building of the Taxation office seized by terrorists), in “the LPR military police office” and in the pre-trial detention centre #3 of Krasnolutsk penitentiary #19.On trumped-up charges of “treason against LPR” I was sentenced to 13 years in prison (by Berestenko Yuliia, the judge of the LPR Ministry of State Security).

While in captivity, I was repeatedly subjected to battering, shooting imitations, abuse, intimidation, electric torture etc. They constantly threatened me to arrest my wife. In addition, when I was in “the LPR military police punishment cell”, I witnessed a captive, who was a Ukraine’s Armed Forces serviceman, being tortured: he was brought unconscious and was tortured for 24 hours…”

14. Hryhorii S. (civilian, was held captive for 391 days)

“In December 2016, when I was going home, some masked strangers knocked me down, put a sack on my head and brought me to the building of former of Donetsk militia department. There the so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” Harkovenko, Tymchak, Tserkovnikov and Tsukanov D.V., altogether with their chief Zaharov applied physical tortures (beatings and electrocution, threats of killing) and psychological pressure (threats to kill my relatives). During the interrogation the “LPR Ministry of Interior investigator” Hainutdynov forced me to sign prepared by him documents: a waiver of counsel, permit to conduct the search in my apartment and a surrender, in which I “confessed” of acts of sabotage on the territory of Donetsk (blowing up electricity supply networks, monument to Lenin and kiosks; preparations to blow up Donetsk TV tower and espionage for the benefit of Ukraine).
After that my “confessions” of aiding Ukrainian security services and my alleged acts of sabotage and blow-ups were filmed. I was taken to the forests where I had to show the hiding places with explosive materials. I was in advance instructed by the named above so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” on where and what to show and what to say in the video.

Personal responsibility for committed against me crimes is on the “employees of DPR General Prosecutor’s office” Klimenko, Kartseva and Lastovytska – in collusion with “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” they did acts aimed at my illegal detention in custody and non-disclosure of facts of tortures; the physician-in-chief of Donetsk regional Diagnostic Center Momot, who refused to issue documents to certify the traumas I got after being tortured by the “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior”; Khalabuzar – the chief of the detention center who destroyed the documents certifying my serious condition after interrogations by the “officers of the LPR Ministry of Interior”… .

15. Maxim I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 737 days)

“On capturing me the militants pierced my leg with a submachine gun ramrod and broke my right thumb. Though I was in pain, they took me to the basement of some building and continued to beat me (they fractured my skull, broke my ribs, knocked out my tooth and cut my chin badly.

Then I was moved to Donetsk, where I and my comrades-in-arms were beaten and imprisoned in the former building of the SSU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast at Shchorsa street. We were left without any food for 3 days.

The first interrogation was conducted by a man who told me that he was a serviceman of the RF Armed forces. Some days later he was joined by two more men. As it turned out then, both were from Rostov-on-Don, RF. These particular men were the cruelest at torturing Ukrainian captives.
I know that on December 29, 2015 a Ukrainian serviceman was killed – beaten to death – in the building where I was illegally kept…”

16. Volodymyr B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 711 days)

“… For the first six months I was held captive in the basement of former building of SBU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast, which was taken by militants, then I was at the so-called “DPR commandant’s office”. Since July 2016 I was illegally imprisoned in the cell of colony #97 at Makiivka. I will remember atrocity and cruelty I experienced there for all my life. I nearly lost my mind because of all the tortures, but psychological pressure was even more scaring than physical violence. Once the militants brought the picture of my children and forced me to give an interview for Russian TV channels “ОРТ”and “Live news”…”

17. Andrii H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“…The tortures lasted all night long, and in the morning they put plastic bags on our heads and took us to the premises of the former SSU

Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters” (military unit number 08816, commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname “Kotov” (according to militants). We were held in the basement in solitary cells, and in the cells near us there were militants detained for the breach of discipline.

While torturing us, an unknown person dressed in military uniform (I would guess he is about 30 years old), who called himself Hennadii, regularly offered to us to leave the Armed forces of Ukraine and to defect to the “DPR” militants’ side. I refused to do that. When we were in the commandant’s headquarters, unknown people in balaclava helmets interrogated us, and they recorded the process on video to show it to our relatives.

Later we were transferred to another cell in another wing of the basement in the above mentioned commandant’s headquarters building, where there were about 30 other captives from the Armed forces of Ukraine. In the cell there was a former serviceman of the volunteer Aidar Battalion named A. (about 40 years old, heavily-built, tattoos all over his body), who, according to my comrades, was a traitor, and he acted in propaganda videos to the benefit of the “DPR”, courtesy of O. Zhuravko, a former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine…”

18. Vasyl H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“… I was taken prisoner during the attack on the operating site of the Ukrainian troops by an illegal “DPR” secret subversive group. While we were in captivity, we regularly were threatened we would be killed, and during interrogations they resorted to strong arm tactics, beat us using different tools (truncheons, pliers, gas wrenches etc.)…”

19. Eduard N.(a civilian, was held captive for 401 days)

“…I was detained in Luhansk by the persons who introduced themselves as members of the staff of the DNR Ministry of State Security. During the interrogations they used methods of physical pressure (they struck my limbs with rubber batons and struck my head with books). They constantly threatened and insulted me. I was convicted by the LPR court martial for stirring up national hatred and high treason in the form of espionage for foreign country of Ukraine. They refused to give me a lawyer. There was a closed court session. Mrs. Polonskaia was the presiding judge. I know a person of the investigator, which is Mrs. Yulia Kostenko, I recognized her in the photo № 204…”

20. Viktor L.(a civilian, was held captive for 303 days)

“… I was detained by the collaborators of the pretended Ministry of State Security of the DPR on a charge of spying for Ukraine. Besides them there was a representative of FSB of the Russian Federation who escorted us while they were conveying me to Donetsk. He was driving a car with license plates of the Russian Federation.

I was put in irons, they put winter hat on my head, placed me in a car. From the words of escort persons I understood that they were carrying me to Budionovsk region of Donetsk. When we arrived, they took me into the building, did not put off my heat and put me to the wall with my legs apart. A person speaking with the Russian accent read out the following: “You should address your chief in the form like they are accustomed to address in prison, you’ll be fed twice a day and we’ll give you a piece of paper to write down your confession of being guilty. If you do not write it we’ll put one electric wire on your genitals (“the end”), put the second one in your rectum and put through the current…”

21. Yevhen S. (a civilian, was held captive for 855 days)

During my detention by the staff of the so-called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies”, I was handcuffed and put a dark sack on my head. The armed men took me to Komsomolske, Donetsk oblast, where I was held in the basement of the Kalmius hotel for 45 days. Every day I had been interrogated for about 6 hours, being subjected to physical and psychological abuse. In addition, following the torture, I was forced to sign a false confession admitting espionage in favour of Ukraine.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal” on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 12 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. I was also denied legal counsel.

Among people in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages: they are representatives of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” with the call-names “Alabai”, “Maior”, “Smerch”, “Machete”…”

22. Ivan T. (a civilian, was held captive for 932 days)

“… I was detained at a checkpoint during the inspection of my documents (the terrorists had a tablet with my photo and the information that I was allegedly a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine.) After my detention, I was taken to the building of the former Organized crime unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Donetsk, where I was kept for 8 days.

During interrogations, I was beaten, strangled, tortured with electric current and threatened with murder. I was tortured by “the head of intelligence department” Zakharov, the former officer of the special police force “Berkut” whose call-name was “Simba” and an investigator by the name of Ruslan. In September 2016 I witnessed the murder of a Ukrainian citizen Ch., who was tortured to death during interrogation. She was detained at the beginning of 2016 on suspicion of cooperation with the Supreme Court of Ukraine (the Armed forces of Ukraine) and was held in custody in the building of “guardhouse” (the former office of All-Ukrainian Union “Batkivshchyna” in Donetsk)…”

23. Mykhailo S. (a civilian, was held captive for 321 days)

“…I was detained in the so -called DPR district police department where I was invited as a supposed witness of a road traffic accident. After my being identified I understood that I had been detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security. I was handcuffed; they put a sack on my head made of dark cloth. Accompanied by three employees of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security I was delivered by Daewoo Lanos car to the third floor of an unknown building. The investigator proved that I had been detained for “having carried out espionage activities in Ukraine’s favor”. When interrogated I suffered physical (they battered my limbs) and psychological coercion (they intimidated me by execution, negative consequences for my relatives etc).
According to the “sentence” of the so- called DPR court-martial I was imprisoned for 10 years and had to serve my sentence in a correctional camp of strict regime. The court martial consisted of the following members (their names are decrypted from Russian): Tokarenko N. A. (chief justice), Strateichuk L. Z. (judge), Biriuchkov N. V. (secretary), Krotova I. V. (prosecutor). Besides, Yamanko V. F., “an investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security investigation branch”, was involved in framing up a criminal case against me”…

24. Oleksii K (a civilian, was held captive for 854 days)

“… In August of 2015 I was taken captive by the staff of the so -called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive at that time. Later on, after my detention, I was charged with espionage. I was interrogated by the RF Federal Security Service representatives (the group called “Hosti (guests)” that consisted of 5 persons) in the DPR Ministry of State Security located in Shevchenko boulevard. During interrogations the Russian secret service staff exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me; I was tested twice by means of a lie detector. Shaipov, “the military

prosecutor deputy” and Kilkeev, an “investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security”, were involved my being imprisoned, tortured, abused and convicted unlawfully…”

25. Ivan L. (a serviceman, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…On January 18, 2015, when conducting a combat operation near Spartak village of Donetsk oblast I had my tank damaged. Searching for possible way to withdraw I was injured and taken captive by the militants of “the Cossack union of the Great Don Army” unit (headed by a terrorist call named Batia). When in captivity I suffered from physical coercion a lot; they tried to get to know information concerning call names of the unit command staff, its dislocation, the overall strength of the personnel and ammunition. The terrorists call named Zaiets and Davyd, special representatives of the DPR Ministry of State Security staff, were involved in torturing me. I felt that those brutes suffered from psychological disorders, since they were pleased when captives felt pain and were crying when tortured…”

26. Andrii B. (serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…In May 2015, I was sent on a mission from ATO zone to Poltava oblast in order to detect faults in the military equipment our military unit had to receive. On our route we happened to encounter the checkpoint “Elenovka”, which was held by terrorists of the illegal armed units of the so-called “DPR”.

When I was held in captivity, a man who claimed to be the “DPR Ministry of State Security” lieutenant colonel named Roman Volodymyrovych talked to me five or six times. He didn’t take any interest in military-related issues, paying more attention to personal data. At our fourth meeting he suggested that I should cooperate with illegal armed group fighters in exchange for money and my release from captivity, intimidating to give me psychotropic drugs and to massacre my relatives. He was primarily concerned about information related to the military airfield in Chuhuiv. I turned down his offer point blank and was beaten brutally because of that. In my opinion this person is an employee of the RF FSB…”

27. Yevhen K. (a civilian, was held captive for 867 days)

“…I was detained in Donetsk by the armed men from among the so called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies” on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine. I was handcuffed, put a dark sack on my head and taken to an office block unknown to me. I was repeatedly subjected to means of physical and psychological pressure: I was beaten, abused, threatened with murder and grievous bodily harm. What is more, they

threatened to detain my wife “on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine” if I failed to cooperate with investigative bodies. By means of intimidation I was forced to give evidence, which was recorded by technical means, that I am the so called “Ukraine’s secret services militant, who has undergone training in Yavoriv landfill military base”. The RF citizens personally involved in torture are employees of RF Federal Security Service in Kostroma “Mayor Aleksei” and “captain Krasavchik” (Rus.), who personally tortured me, using a shocker and smothering me with a plastic bag etc.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 16 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. People mentioned below were the members of the so-called “Military tribunal” (the surnames and initials are indicated in Russian): presiding judge – Odehova I. A.; judges – Strateichuk L. Z., Smelik S. G.; secretaries – Zhuk D. S., Smirnov A. V.; prosecutors – Alekseev A. M., Tsymmer V. A., Shailov R. R…”

28. Oleksandr N. (a civilian, was held captive for 925 days)

“…I was detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Novoazovsk of Donetsk oblast (the territory that is temporarily occupied by the RF). When in captivity I was addressed to by the RF Federal Security Service representative (he called himself “Ivan” and promised to improve the conditions of my illegal detention) who asked me to give an interview to the Russian mass media and tell them that “I had undergone special diversionary training in the camps on the territory of Ukraine, in Yavoriv training center in particular, and was instructed by foreigners”. I was interrogated in Donetsk by Stabrov, “the DPR Ministry of State Security major”. The interrogations lasted for 2, sometimes 12-13 hours. During interrogations they exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me (I was tortured and beaten regularly). In the course of such “measures” my witnessing was videotaped. Moreover, my relatives were threatened and blackmailed (they were told that in case of their refusal to come to Donetsk I would be killed or tortured to death). I’d like to admit, that while being held in prison of the DPR Ministry of State Security I witnessed a lot how they beat and employed tortures against a captured Ukrainian serviceman Yevhenii G.…”

29. Anatolii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 615 days)

“…In April of 2015 I was taken captive by the subversive reconnaissance group consisting of the LPR IAG militants (approximately 12-13 persons). I was hit on my head and lost my consciousness as a result of it.

Me and other captives were detained in wards situated in the basement of a multistoried house in the vicinity of the “commandant’s office of the IAG militants” (in the building of the former registry office of Luhansk). The guards wore the RF AF uniform. Almost at once they offered me to work for the “LPR IAF” and promised a “fair wage”. As I had refused, they started intimidating and torturing me. The following persons took part in torturing captives and prisoners (they were recognized in the photo): “colonel Yakubov”, the chief of Luhansk commandant’s office, “first lieutenant Savelieva, the pretrial investigator” and “captain Bielochka (a call name), who boasted of having been a sniper and having murdered Ukrainian warriors in person…”

30. Oleksii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… In April of 2016 when heading for the rotation in the ATO area we got off the course and drove out accidentally to the DPR IAF checkpoint; I was taken captive there.
On the same day we were bought to O. Zakharchenko’s garage. He talked to us in person and then he tore away my insignia. Next day we were conveyed to the DPR Ministry of State Security building (the former Donetsk SSU department, chief torture chamber of Russian terrorists); we were detained in its basement during two months. When in captivity I was beaten almost every day with rubber truncheons…”
31. Leonid S. (a civilian, was held captive for 509 days)

“… I was captured while I was trying to move from Debaltseve, Donetsk oblast, to the territory under Ukraine’s jurisdiction. So-called “offices of the DPR Ministry of State Security” beat me right on the place; they put a bag on my head, placed me in handcuffs and took me to the bus, punching me on the way. I was taken, as I realized later, to the former factory of insulation materials (5, Svitloho Shliakhu street, Donetsk). There, in the office building, there is a “private prison” with a torture ward in the basement; there is another ward with three plank beds placed one above the other and no toilet. On the walls there are surveillance cameras, besides, acoustic surveillance is provided. On the ground floor of the building, there are 11 wards for the detained persons. There is a special ward where straw men are placed to get information. Besides, I was interrogated at the

premises of the so-called Ministry of State Security (76, Shevchenka street, Donetsk). During the interrogations they used electric shocker, battered me, humiliated, attempted to rape, exerted moral and psychological pressure, threatened to torture my relatives.

“Courts-martial”, a “DPR Supreme Court”, accused me of “spying” in favour of “enemy state Ukraine”. During “the court investigation” I was offered “advocation” by Valerii Mykolaiovych Usenko. But as far as I know, Valerii Usenko cooperates with so-called “DPR law enforcement officers”, and they work together to extort money from the relatives of the “accused” in the course of the preliminary investigation before “the guilty verdict” is passed. The “investigator” who conducted “preliminary investigation” in the DPR Ministry of State Security was Vieklov Oleksii Yuriiovych, who tortured hostages together with the chief of the

“DPR Ministry of State Security local office in Debaltsevo” whose name is Dmytro (call name Khrest) and his accomplice Vitalii (call name Shved).

Other persons who conducted tortures of Ukrainian citizens at the factory of insulation materials and at the “correctional facility № 97” are: Serhii Pavlovych (“Palych”), Andrii (“Slipyi”), Yurii (“Tovstyi”); Vasyl Yevdokimov (“Lenin”, “the senior” in the private prison); V.V. Trubitsyn (chief of the pretrial detention centre, sub-colonel); Mark Kholin, Dmytro Niemtsov and Mail Ohly Niporan (all of them are “officers of the correctional facility № 97”).

All the above mentioned persons tried to beat out of me false confession that I was involved in spying. They forced me to fake evidence against myself. Thus, Dmyto (“Khrest”), the “DPR Ministry of State Security officer”, suggested that I should write a letter exactly as told by him. Notably, that I allegedly noted down the data about the dislocation of military equipment, as well as disposition and maneuvers of the illegal armed forces, and then transferred the data to the Security Service of Ukraine. After that, he appropriated my notebook containing the text which I wrote down. Later, when my car was being searched, they found that notebook, which became one of the evidence proving my guilt. In case I wrote that text, “Khrest’ promised that I would be immediately swapped, but if I refused, I would be tortured again.
In December, 2016, while they were recording me on the video in one of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” office rooms, I was offered to read out a pre-prepared text following a pre-arranged scenario. In particular, that I was a SSU undercover agent and transferred information about temporary occupied territories (disposition of the military equipment, armament and

illegal armed forces). Besides, I allegedly received letters with the enclosed photos of the SSU officers whom I, as they thought, worked with. Meanwhile, those letters had no enclosed photos of the SSU officers at all. I called for camera the names which were told to me in advance…”

32. Oleksandr O. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1059 days)

“…I was taken captive in February 2015. While moving in a car along Rostov highway towards Artemivsk we got under fire from terrorists’ ambush. I was wounded, got a shell shock and lost consciousness. When I came to myself I saw some men who had the insignia of the Armed forces of Ukraine – yellow ribbons on their sleeves. When I asked them what they were doing, why were they shooting at us, we were from Ukrainian army too, they said that they were the servicemen from RF. While in captivity I got to know military ranks and call names of Russian servicemen:

‒ “colonel” Gorelov Ihor Volodymyrovich, “Goga”, the curator of the “Commandant’s regiment commanding officer”:

‒ “Commandant regiment Chief of staff, lieutenant colonel, call name Kurgan”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Tahirov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on rear services support of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Karpov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on armament of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “the chief of the subsistence support service, major, call name Kolyvan”;

While in captivity I was regularly tortured, suffered from physical and psychological pressure; once I was even tortured before the eyes of the leader of Donetsk terrorists O. Zakharchenko, who then ordered to execute me – there was a mock execution with firing above the head…’

33. Valerii R. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… On the first day I was interrogated by the leader of pro-Russian terrorists O. Zakharchenko himself, and for the next four days – by an officer of RF Armed forces, who was in “balaclava”. I suffered physical and psychological pressure, was beaten during the interrogations. I was even suggested to kill my comrade in return for freedom. They tried to obtain information on the call names of our commanding officers, our location and number of personnel, and also on our weaponry. As a result of tortures I was forced to sign the protocol stating that I was an enemy artillery fire spotter for the Armed forces of Ukraine…”

34. Oleksandr I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 614 days)

“…After I was taken prisoner, they put a sack on my head, placed me in a car and brought to Debaltseve. I was kept in a basement of some building which I didn’t see because the windows were welded up. During interrogations conducted by the terrorists – members of the so-called “DPR State Security Ministry” they always resorted to strong-arm tactics. I didn’t see who battered me because there was a sack on my head, and I don’t remember how many times they battered me.
They made an attempt to recruit me. In Debaltsevo, a Major (I don’t know his name, he was wearing a balaclava helmet, was about 190 cm in height, physically fit, 30-40 years old) many times offered me to become an “MGB DPR” agent, and for that he promised to stop tortures and even to pay a big sum of money. In case I agreed, he planned to free me from detention as a “hero”. After that, I had to assist in capturing the commander of my squadron senior lieutenant T. I refused to do that…”

35. Mykola I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 776 days)

“…While being captive, I was regularly tortured and beaten in my head, legs, and back. They demanded that I say right to the camera that servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine were involved in the crimes against the people of the Donbass. A former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine Zhuravko O.V. was personally filming that, and he gave me the text which he had written. To his opinion, I was reading the text in a temperate manner, so he ordered to punch me in the face several times, which was done by the members of the so-called “MGB DPR”…

36. Yevhen Ch. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1047 days)

“…In February 2015, while I was fulfilling a combat mission to support infantry squads of the Armed forces of Ukraine, I was taken prisoner by a group of Russian militants – members of illegal armed groups.

During interrogations in the so-called “MGB DPR” they knocked my teeth out, and this was done in the presence of the “DPR Defense Minister” Kononov. By resorting to physical abuse and threats (they threatened to kill my mother and to rape my sister), they made me give a fake interview and say that I refused from prisoner exchange and wished to stay in the “DPR”. Two officers of the Russian Federation secret services (they spoke with a strongly marked “Moscow” accent) participated in the tortures…”

37. Oleksandr L. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1083 days)

In February 2015 we fell into the ambush near the village Logvinovo of Donetsk region. The road was blocked with the ammunition boxes, the anti-tank mines were planting around them so it was impossible to turn back the car and go in the opposite direction. When the car stopped they began firing. My right hand finger was wounded with shrapnel and I got a bullet wound in my right hand. Having left the car, I crawled away as far as possible. They stopped firing. Someone struck on my helmet and said: “Don’t move or you’ll be shot down”.
We were motionless when the militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR confiscated our arms, documents, helmets, bullet-proof vests and cut off our insignia

They gave me order to get the killed serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine out of the overturned KAMAZ that was under bombardment, put him into the shell-hole and lie down with him to be shot. The terrorists fired the machine guns over head and had a laugh. Approximately half an hour later car URAL arrived to take us. When we were approaching the car, one old man came to us. The militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR exclaimed:” Grandpa, they are those Yanks who fired at you”. This old man took a stick that looked like a spade handle and started hitting my head with it until it broke. While I was climbing the lorry they struck blows on my back and my legs with a gun butt. In the car I was lying on the floor.

We arrived into one village where they moved us into the luggage boot of another car and put us in fetters. They brought us to Maiskaia street where the Nova Poshta former branch office once was situated and now it was occupied by the unit of Russian terrorists of Don Cossacks. They beat and interrogated us. When a man in charge of the illegal armed unit under the call name OPER arrived, they already knew that one of the Ukrainian serviceman had been decorated with the order of Bohdan Khmelnitskyi Third Class. He and some other wounded soldiers were shot by OPER’s order.
I was interrogated by OPER in 10 persons’ presence. Then they forced us to grant interview to Live News. The journalists of this channel gave us text which stated that units of the Armed forces of Ukraine were not activated, that special blocking teams opened fire targeting those soldiers who were going to retreat. After our conversation with the journalists we were imprisoned in the basement of the unknown building where the militants from the illegal armed unit of the DPR call named Cheka, Shchuka, Milioner, Tesak and commandant Botsman used to beat and humiliate us…”

38. Mykola N. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 647 days)

“…I was taken captive in March 2015. That day I was buying some milk from a local resident of Zaitsevo settlement in Donetsk region who lived near our fighting position. I tasted milk before buying and then lost consciousness. When I regained consciousness I could not understand where I was and saw an armed person beside me. I took him for a friendly person. When we came in the building and started talking I realized that I was in captivity of the terrorists. They beat me and put into the car and brought as I suppose to Horlivka. There they again beat me and interrogated. The same day they brought me to Donetsk and put into the building of the former regional department of SBU where they were keeping me for a month. After my arriving there they interrogated and beat me. In the course of interrogation the terrorists tried to get information about the location of our artillery and equipment. On the third day of my captivity in the building of the former regional department of SBU in Donetsk they took me to the interrogation where they gave me the text of an interview and made me read it on video camera. Hudiakov Yevhen, the senior lieutenant was the person who with extreme cruelty tortured me and other Ukrainian captives”…

39. Taras G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 279 days)

“…I was taken captive when conducting combat operations – reconnaissance and determination of the hostile fire units’ location. However the adversary started shelling our group. As I had disoriented myself afield, I fell down into the entrenchment with two terrorists inside it (they were Don Cossacks). When I was trying to use my personal weapon, the third terrorist, who had approached me from behind, hit me at my back. They took away my machine gun, tied my hands and brought me to their APC-60 that carried us to Kalynove settlement. When they detained me and were transporting me to the place of destination they were constantly beating me with their upper and lower limbs and a knife handle. In Kalynove settlement I was interrogated by “the chief of the 6th motor rifle unit” call named “Poltinnik”. He wanted to get to know the information concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian AF units, artillery, provisions supply battalions, weapons and equipment.

In the course of interrogations and “by his order”, his subordinates (Don Cossacks) were beating me. Then I was taken to the “military commandant’s office” (located in 40, Gastello str., Artemivk district of Luhansk). I was brought into a one-place room there situated in the basement. On the same day I was taken for interrogations by 9 “persons”, 6

of them were “guards”, three others conducted interrogations. They were hiding their faces and called themselves “russkiie (Russians)”. When interrogated, I understood they were from “Kupol (dome) or K unit”. Some of them had a sleeve insignia that looked like a split church dome against the black colored background with no inscriptions. “Kupols” interrogated me twice or thrice a day exerting physical pressure upon me, using an electric shocker, applying electric current from the “TA -57” telephone set and beat me with rubber truncheons. They did these things with the aim to make me confess to my having been involved in favoring the activities of secret services of Ukraine, the SSU in particular. They abused and tortured me when I refused to learn or say aloud the text that had been given to me during another interrogation while they were taping videos for the occupational Mass Media.

While carrying out household activities (cleaning premises etc.), I got an opportunity to learn the list of IAF representatives who served in the “military commandant’s office” in 40, Gastello str., Artemivsk district of Luhansk (their leave and duty rosters etc.) and were involved in torturing Ukrainian captives:

— “commandant, lieutenant colonel” Zhyronkin Leonid Oleksandrovych (according to other IAF members, a former SSU employee);

— “chief of staff, major” Navrotsky Viacheslav Ivanovych;
— “deputy commander for morale & welfare, lieutenant” Kyryliuk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (has got a coloured tattoo of a scorpi on his right shoulder);

— “lieutenant” Akhmetshyn Oleksandr Yuriiovych;
— “lieutenant” Koshelenko Serhii Romanovych (“Kosheliok”);

— “warrant officer” Bazalii Hennadii Serhiiovych (“Baza”), who took part in “combat actions” with call name “Malysh” (approximately in 2015);

— “chief of military detention, senior warrant officer” Protas Andrii Serhiiovych, who took part in “combat actions” of 2014, then served as a “personal guard’ of Plotnytsky;

— “chief of the department of crime prevention, senior lieutenant” Sorokina Liubov Semenivna;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Grachova Yuliia Yevheniivna. Her husband’s father was “the LPR military commandant, colonel” Grachov;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Leonov Serhii Hryhorovych;

— “senior lieutenant” Turkin Hennadii Mykolaiovych (“Afgan”), was

transferred to “the 2nd RF AF AC staff” presumably to the “department of morale and welfare”;

— “in charge of armament, deputy commandant, colonel” Synelnyk Volodymyr Vasyliovych (is over weight);

— “captain, assistant commandant for support (since September of 2017) ”Honcharov Yevhen Valentynovych (has got a mustache), in December of 2017 he was shifted to the “commandant’s office” of Zhovtnevyi district in Luhansk;

— “lieutenant” Bublyk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (or Mykolaiovych);

— “senior lieutenant, chief of the commandant’s platoon, assistant commandant for support (since December of 2017)” Kalinin Vitalii Vasyliovych;

— “soldier ”Bozhenko Oleksii Hennadiiovych (is overweight);
— “soldier” Kravtsov Andrii Yuriiovych, has got a tattoo of a canopy on his shoulder typical of paratroopers and a tattoo with “Za VDV (For air borne forces)” inscription on his little finger;

— “senior soldier (probably, sergeant)” Handzii Serhii;
— “lieutenant (probably, senior lieutenant), chief of staff deputy” Korotukhin Oleksii (Artem)…

40. Volodymyr G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 739 days)

“…Immediately after being taken captive my uniform, military card and belongings were taken way, I was left just in my underclothes. In some a minivan arrived at the checkpoint and in 15-20 minutes I was taken to the basement of an unknown building. There I was tortured and threatened of being killed. Tortures went on for the whole night. In the morning, with a plastic bag on my head, I was transferred to the premises of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters”(commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname Kotov (according to militants).

In half a year all the captives, who were at the “commandant’s headquarters” (34 men) were transferred to prison in Makiivka – (western correctional facility), in which we stayed until released from captivity. In September 2017, about a year and a half after I was taken captive, the detention center was visited by the representatives of the so-called “investigative department of DPR General Prosecutor’s office”. They charged me with “collaboration with terrorists”. I denied “the charges”, and that was included into the “transcript of interrogation”.

While I was in captivity I suffered grievous bodily harm: my two left ribs were broken, I had a left ear contusion as a result of beatings and after a shot was made close to the left side of my head…”

41. Oleksandr T. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 702 days)

“After taken captive I was transferred to the township of Mykolaivka and handed over to the representatives of Russian armed terrorist group “3rd battalion of Slavic brigade” – to the “colonel with a call-name “Starshina” and to his aid with a call-name “Mal’ok”. I was immediately hit into the face with a submachine gun butt, then I was kicked, beaten with rubber truncheons and I was unable to cover myself as I was handcuffed. I lost consciousness of pain and came to myself in Donetsk. I was imprisoned in “military unit 08816” (Donetsk, Molodizhna street). In Donetsk I was interrogated by an employee of FSB of RF and by employees of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”. Interrogations were conducted according to one scenario – at first they forced to confess of crimes against civilians and then they beat me cruelly – my rib was broken and I had my teeth knocked out…”

42. Mykola H. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1051 days)

“…I was illegally kept imprisoned in the prison of Russian terrorists “correctional facility #97” in Makiivka, Donetsk oblast. All this time they either forced me to sign the “confession of crimes against Donetsk people” or suggested joining the militants of illegal armed groups. They didn’t hide the fact that though the salary of militants was not high, they could loot the locals, suspected of having sympathy towards Ukraine, without being punished. I suffered from physical and psychological tortures. I was regularly tortured by Shapovalov A.A. – “deputy head of imprisonment sector”, call-name “Nimets” (I recognize him in picture #67)…

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES of UKRAINE

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE ORDLO TERRITORIES, ON THE MILITARY AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AGAINST UKRAINE, INHUMAN DETENTION CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL ABUSE, TORTURE AND MORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HUMILIATION

1. Oleksandr D. (civilian, was held captive for 905 days)

“… At the end of 2015 I was taken prisoner by pro-Russian militiamen for an attempted “illegal crossing of the border” between Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk Oblast, near Heorhiivka. I was brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department on Bauman street. I was photographed, and my interrogation was captured on video. The interrogation was conducted by a representative of the so-called “Counterintelligence Department of the DPR State Security Ministry (MGB DPR)” (I recognize him on photo #140), and the “head of the Military Counterintelligence Department”, call- name “David”, who was personally in charge of interrogations and beatings of the hostages (I recognize him on photo #167). Besides, on photo #79 I have identified a pro-Russian militiaman, an “armed escort member” who guarded the hostages kept in the fuel and lubricant warehouse. In six months, I was transferred to the basement of Donetsk Regional State Administration building. During two months I was held captive in some office room, and three months later I was transferred to the prison camp #97 in Makiivka.

While being illegally held captive, I was beaten severely and deprived of food many times. They organized mock executions, firing weapons at me. The “commanding officer of the DPR separate commandant’s regiment” V. Anosov and his wife “major” Anosova were particularly cruel – they regularly tortured the hostages and captive servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and abused their dignity…”

2-3. Artem A. and Vladyslav O. (civilians, were held captive for 444 days)

“…We were taken prisoners by the so-called “officers of the MGB DPR” in the Teatralna Square in October 2016, in full view of dozens of people, and were brought to the building of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department (79 Radianska Str., Luhansk). The terrorists accused us of having been in contact with servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and with volunteers from “Asov Battalion”, to whom we communicated

information on the disposition of units the Russian Federation regular troops on the temporarily occupied territories in Luhansk Oblast. Besides, they found a video of burning a flag of the so-called “LPR” in Vladyslav’s telephone.

Starting with the first interrogation, which lasted from 12:00 to 22:00, we were both beaten and underwent psychological pressure (threats, humiliations). Physical abuse (beatings, electric shocks, suffocation using plastic bags) and threats to cut off limbs, fingers in particular, are a key tool in the activities of the so-called “MGB LPR”, and each of us experienced them.

Later we were convicted of “treason through conniving [with the enemy]” and “desecration of the state symbols of the LPR”.

The fake trial was organized personally by the following supporters of terrorists: the “LPR Military Tribunal judge” Lunha A.H., the clerk of the court Dokukina L.I., Deputy Head of the Department of Prosecutor-General’s Office of LPR Kozlov M.V.”.

Among those who personally tortured Ukrainian hostages, and were involved in our illegal detention, are the ones whom we recognize in the photos: Rohovenko S. (call-name “Tunhuz”, a former law- enforcement officer, currently an “officer of the MGB LPR”); Kovaliov L., a “Major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Borets”; Denys, call-name ”John”, an “officer of the MGB LPR”, graduated from Luhansk National Agrarian University; “major of justice” Manuilova Yu., a “forensic specialist of the MGB LPR Investigative Department”, a former officer of the Investigative Branch of Luhansk Regional Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine”; “colonel of justice” Petrenko B., currently “head of the MGB LPR Investigative Arm”, a former officer of the SSU Luhansk Regional Department; “major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Frol”, who tortured the hostages with obsessive cruelty. Besides, the “officer of the MGB LPR” Denys, call-name ”John” (I would guess he is 25 years old, 180 -185 cm in height, fair-haired, has a tattoo “За ВДВ” on his left hand) repeatedly persuaded us to commit a terrorist act on the territory of Ukraine in exchange for a possibility to return to Luhansk…”

4. Valerii R. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 890 days)

“…At the beginning of April 2016, when the convoy was moving to the place of rotation, we were ambushed; as a result of it our car (the last in the convoy) was damaged by the anti -armor grenade launcher and seized by Russian terrorists. I was taken to the occupied territory by the militants and brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department

situated in Bauman street. At once I was accused of having conducted terrorist activities on the territory of Donetsk oblast. In the course of interrogations which were held 2-3 times a week I coerced psychological pressure (they beat me with legs and a rubber stick; they applied a current from my old mobile phone), they promised to cut off my arms. The staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security took away my mobile phone; they presumably called my brother from it and informed him of my having deserted to terrorists. Moreover, they called my niece and threatened her with physical violence. The terrorists employed tortures against a captured serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine call named “R” by means of filing his teeth; they stabbed both legs of a Ukraine’s AF serviceman call named “H”.

For three months I had been held in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department and then I was taken to the prison settlement #97 in Makiivka. In October 2017, I was attended by the DPR Ministry of State Security investigators who accused me of “having aided terrorists and adjusted fire” and “promised” to imprison me for 20-30 years…”.

5. Oleksandr F. (a civilian, was held captive for 723 days)

“… I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Makiivka of Donetsk Oblast. They found symbols of Ukraine and the EU in the course of a search that resulted in my being captured. Soon afterwards I was brought to the room #302 in the building of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security (Donetsk, Shevchenko str., 26), where I was interrogated for the first time and coerced beatings and intimidation. I was interrogated by the following “special investigative agents”: Horbokon (call named “Niemets”), Biloborodko (call named “Monomakh”) and Yefimovych who demanded that I should confirm my membership in Ukrainian patriotic organizations. I was held captive by the DPR Ministry of State Security bodies for three months; first I was held in a non-heated lock- up garage (though it was winter), then I was brought to the former archives office that had been turned into a torture chamber by terrorists. The guards and the staff of the DPR Ministry of State Security abused hostages all the time (beat them with their hands, legs and rubber cues). Trubitsyn, “the chief” of the pre -trial detention center, and Kholin, “a criminal investigative agent”, turned to be the cruelest.

In August 2016, I was convicted by Donetsk inter -regional court in Makiivka, then by the DPR court martial. I remember the representatives of prosecution involved in fraud for obtaining judgment: Kilkieev and Orlova, investigators, Maksymova, a judge in Makiivka, Strateichuk and Odegov, court martial judges, Serhieev and Maksymov, the prosecutors. Mykyta

Kiosev (the head of “Moloda Respublika (Young Republic)” terrorist civil organization) and Hryhorii Zinovyk (a functionary of the students’ trade-union committee), considered informants and provocateurs, as well as the above mentioned “criminal investigative agents of the DPR Ministry of State Security” acted as witnesses.

I served my “sentence” in the penitentiary #27 (Horlivka, Nemyrovych-Danchenko str.). I was tortured there personally by Oleksandr Liashenko, “the head of penitentiary”, his relative and “the deputy head” at the same time Dmytro Liashenko and Dmytro Verych, a “criminal investigative agent”. Just before the hostage handover, on December 25, 2017 in particular, the Liashenkos, being drunken sadists, beat and abused me from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m.…”.

6. Oleksandr A. (a civilian, was held captive for 848 days)

“… I was taken hostage by the representatives of the armed Russian-terrorist group “Sparta” and the so-called “military police officers” who accused me of “treason against DPR”. For some time, I was held in a basement, where I was interrogated five times. Each interrogation had lasted on average for about two or three hours. At the same time, I was subjected to physical abuse – I was beaten with hands, legs, rubber truncheons and a butt of an assault rifle. As a result of a torture, I was left disabled. One of the interrogations was filmed by a “blogger” Zhurabka for the Russian agitation visual. Later, I and other hostages were attended by representatives of Russian TV channels “NTV” and “Russia 24” who interviewed prisoners and filmed the conditions of their compulsory detention. At the same time, “journalists” instructed the hostages to give them the correct answers.

The main torture chamber of the “DPR” was located in the premises of the former archive of the Donetsk SSU Department, which was captured by terrorists in 2014. The hostages were placed on the racks for paper; there was no lavatory, linen and running water. Only in two years’ time terrorists finally legalized my detention: by the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the DPR “a preventive measure in the form of keeping in custody was taken against me”. At the same time, I was banned from legal counsel and they refused to grant me visiting permits.

Among the terrorists in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages. One of them is the head of the 3rd DPR Intelligence Department with a call-name Zaiats (he personally conducted interrogations in the presence of two officers of the RF secret services, who asked questions concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of anti-terrorist operation, the number of personnel and military machinery); another one is Artem, Zaiats’s subordinate, a former employee

of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, who previously served in one of Donetsk regional police departments (he is mercantile and interested in personal enrichment); the third one is Zombi (he used to be a dog handler in Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs special police force “Berkut”)…

7. Denys B. (a civilian, was held captive for 390 days)

“… At the exit of my house, I was knocked down, put a sack on my head and handcuffed. I was also charged with “betrayal of my homeland and “Russkaia vesna” ideals” as well as espionage in favour of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the building of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” in Donetsk (26, Shevchenko St.) they tortured me and smothered me with a plastic bag until they got to know my Twitter account password. They threatened me with physical abuse – to cut off my limbs, to rape me, to execute me by shooting or bury me alive in a pit in a forest. I was also subjected to all sorts of humiliation and threatened to be put into a lime pit. All the torturers were wearing masks (balaklavas), but during the interrogation I heard one terrorist’s call-name – “Yakut”.

On the basis of evidence extracted from me under torture I was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the so- called “Supreme Court of DPR”. People, personally liable for my unlawful imprisonment and fabrication of my criminal case are: Yamanko, a crime scene investigator working for the “DPR Ministry of State Security”; “judges” Tokarenko, Strateichuk and Odehov; Idiatulin, DPR Ministry of State Security criminal investigator; and Bairachnyi, deputy Prosecutor General of DPR.

8. Roman S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 189 days)

“Our security checkpoint was attacked by a sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Russian occupational troops. There were 16 men there, all dressed in the uniform of the Russian Army. Three Ukrainian fighters were killed and I was taken captive during the fight. I was kept prisoner at the high security prison # 97 (Makiyivka, Donetsk oblast). I was frequently tortured during interrogations. Once I was interrogated by O. Zakharchenko in person. That was hardly an interrogation – swear words, shouting and intimidation of sexual assaults all the time; I think he was under drugs. After the interrogation Zakharchenko ordered his inferiors to kill me (it was a mock execution). I don’t know where exactly the interrogation took place because while in captivity I was always transported with a sack on my head”…

9. Serhii S. (civilian, was held captive for 448 days)

“…I was detained by the militants of illegal armed groups of the so called “LPR” in September 2016 while crossing the delimitation line. They accused

me of cooperation with the Armed forces of Ukraine. All the time I was kept in the basement of the former building of SSU regional department in Luhansk oblast. On the premises of that building there were stationed not only local militants but also the units of the RF Army, including officers of the Russian military intelligence (I saw them and heard their conversations). I was interrogated several times. All the interrogations were held with the use of physical violence, they tortured me using electric current, kicked me and humiliated. I was a witness to a murder of one of the captives – Andrij K. – by the “LPR” militants…

10. Ihor S. (a civilian, was held captive for 824 days)

“…I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city of Donetsk. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive. In two months’ time I got to know that I had been charged with espionage. For two years I had been held illegally in the “pretrial detention centre of the DPR Ministry of State Security” (located in Kobozev street, 4) . After the trial that looked like the one of Stalin’s epoch of the thirties, the previous century, I was imprisoned in the penitentiary #32 of Donetsk oblast. Shaipov, the so-called DPR deputy prosecutor, and Kilkeev, an investigator, were involved in framing up a criminal case against me.

The convoy from the DPR Ministry of State Security staff accompanied me to the interrogations. There were five representatives of the RF Federal Security Service (the group called “Hosti (guests)”) who conducted interrogations in the DPR Ministry of State Security building in Shevchenko boulevard. When interrogated I coerced physical and psychological pressure: they tortured me a lot and threatened both me and my family members…”

11. Halyna H. (civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…I worked in the local Municipal Polyclinic. In October 2016, the Chief Doctor called me into his office, where there were present two members of the “MGB DPR”. In their identity documents there were only photographs without any identification data. Further I learned that one man’s name was Vitalii, call-name “Shved” (“Swede”), and another man’s name was Dmytro.

They searched my workplace and visually inspected my mobile phone. They also searched my house and confiscated my computer equipment. I was charged with pro-Ukrainian views.

“Shved” and his colleague brought me to the “MGB DPR” (Tarasa Shevchenka Str., Donetsk). I was interrogated for about an hour by an “MGB DPR” investigator A. Lozinskyi. During interrogations I underwent a

polygraph test. The polygraphist – a Russian Federation citizen – asked me about my attitude toward Ukraine, and about my help to the Armed forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine. I was illegally detained on the premises of the “Izoliatsia” factory (4 Svietloho Puti Str.; a person named Denys Pavlovych, call-name “Pershyi’ (“First”), was in charge of that “MGB DPR base”); later I was transferred to the “MGB DPR” detention unit (Kobazeva Str., Donetsk).

We were kept in appalling conditions, there were no showers and lavatories; they would lock us in a so-called “jar” (tiny room), and in an isolation ward (a 1,5 by 2 m room equipped with video cameras) without windows, where blue color light was on 24 hours a day.

While being held captive I was tortured by electric shocks – they tied me to a metal table with an adhesive tape, put a sack on my head, and attached electrodes to my toes. They also resorted to psychological pressure. They threatened to take my husband to “MGB”. While I was in custody, I was involved in farm work on the premises of the factory – I tended for animals; I also had to tidy up the territory, and to unload vehicles.

In November 2017 I was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by the “DPR military tribunal”. I was provided with a lawyer, who regularly conducted negotiations with my children offering them to pay USD 1000 for my release from prison. Shortly before the court hearing, they replaced the lawyer with Sh.; she got USD 500 for members of the “MGB DPR” who allegedly put me in the exchange of captives’ list…”

12. Oleksii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 1091 days)

“… In December 2014 during my trip to Torez, Donetsk oblast, I was arrested at the checkpoint by persons, related to the so-called “Russian Cossacks”. I was accused of allegedly taking part in the revolutionary events that took place on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, and of allegedly being a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. None of the accusations is true.

For almost two months I had been kept in a street pit on the territory of the former Torez fire-fighting department and then I was transported to the basement of the former SSU building in Donetsk oblast (the base of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”). While in captivity, I was repeatedly interrogated by the representatives of the so-called “Public Prosecutor’s office” and “the DPR Ministry of State Security”: terrorists with the call-names “Ded”, “Iskander”, “Belaz”, “Yusik” (who have been recognized in the photo) . During interrogations, which lasted for about two hours, I was subjected to tortures and other means of physical pressure. I was tortured with an electric current and beaten with various wooden and iron objects. My sister received telephone threats from the representatives of the

DPR Ministry of State Security, who suggested her paying the ransom of 50 thousand dollars for my release…”

13. Anatolii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…While passing the so- called “grey zone” along Popasna-Pervomaisk highway on a bicycle, I was detained by the commander of the Russian terrorist battalion named after Platov (by the surname of Snohii) and his subordinates for allegedly carrying out reconnaissance activities. During my illegal captivity I was alternately kept at the headquarters of the illegal armed group named after Platov in Stahanov (the building of the Taxation office seized by terrorists), in “the LPR military police office” and in the pre-trial detention centre #3 of Krasnolutsk penitentiary #19.On trumped-up charges of “treason against LPR” I was sentenced to 13 years in prison (by Berestenko Yuliia, the judge of the LPR Ministry of State Security).

While in captivity, I was repeatedly subjected to battering, shooting imitations, abuse, intimidation, electric torture etc. They constantly threatened me to arrest my wife. In addition, when I was in “the LPR military police punishment cell”, I witnessed a captive, who was a Ukraine’s Armed Forces serviceman, being tortured: he was brought unconscious and was tortured for 24 hours…”

14. Hryhorii S. (civilian, was held captive for 391 days)

“In December 2016, when I was going home, some masked strangers knocked me down, put a sack on my head and brought me to the building of former of Donetsk militia department. There the so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” Harkovenko, Tymchak, Tserkovnikov and Tsukanov D.V., altogether with their chief Zaharov applied physical tortures (beatings and electrocution, threats of killing) and psychological pressure (threats to kill my relatives). During the interrogation the “LPR Ministry of Interior investigator” Hainutdynov forced me to sign prepared by him documents: a waiver of counsel, permit to conduct the search in my apartment and a surrender, in which I “confessed” of acts of sabotage on the territory of Donetsk (blowing up electricity supply networks, monument to Lenin and kiosks; preparations to blow up Donetsk TV tower and espionage for the benefit of Ukraine).
After that my “confessions” of aiding Ukrainian security services and my alleged acts of sabotage and blow-ups were filmed. I was taken to the forests where I had to show the hiding places with explosive materials. I was in advance instructed by the named above so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” on where and what to show and what to say in the video.

Personal responsibility for committed against me crimes is on the “employees of DPR General Prosecutor’s office” Klimenko, Kartseva and Lastovytska – in collusion with “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” they did acts aimed at my illegal detention in custody and non-disclosure of facts of tortures; the physician-in-chief of Donetsk regional Diagnostic Center Momot, who refused to issue documents to certify the traumas I got after being tortured by the “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior”; Khalabuzar – the chief of the detention center who destroyed the documents certifying my serious condition after interrogations by the “officers of the LPR Ministry of Interior”… .

15. Maxim I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 737 days)

“On capturing me the militants pierced my leg with a submachine gun ramrod and broke my right thumb. Though I was in pain, they took me to the basement of some building and continued to beat me (they fractured my skull, broke my ribs, knocked out my tooth and cut my chin badly.

Then I was moved to Donetsk, where I and my comrades-in-arms were beaten and imprisoned in the former building of the SSU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast at Shchorsa street. We were left without any food for 3 days.

The first interrogation was conducted by a man who told me that he was a serviceman of the RF Armed forces. Some days later he was joined by two more men. As it turned out then, both were from Rostov-on-Don, RF. These particular men were the cruelest at torturing Ukrainian captives.
I know that on December 29, 2015 a Ukrainian serviceman was killed – beaten to death – in the building where I was illegally kept…”

16. Volodymyr B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 711 days)

“… For the first six months I was held captive in the basement of former building of SBU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast, which was taken by militants, then I was at the so-called “DPR commandant’s office”. Since July 2016 I was illegally imprisoned in the cell of colony #97 at Makiivka. I will remember atrocity and cruelty I experienced there for all my life. I nearly lost my mind because of all the tortures, but psychological pressure was even more scaring than physical violence. Once the militants brought the picture of my children and forced me to give an interview for Russian TV channels “ОРТ”and “Live news”…”

17. Andrii H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“…The tortures lasted all night long, and in the morning they put plastic bags on our heads and took us to the premises of the former SSU

Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters” (military unit number 08816, commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname “Kotov” (according to militants). We were held in the basement in solitary cells, and in the cells near us there were militants detained for the breach of discipline.

While torturing us, an unknown person dressed in military uniform (I would guess he is about 30 years old), who called himself Hennadii, regularly offered to us to leave the Armed forces of Ukraine and to defect to the “DPR” militants’ side. I refused to do that. When we were in the commandant’s headquarters, unknown people in balaclava helmets interrogated us, and they recorded the process on video to show it to our relatives.

Later we were transferred to another cell in another wing of the basement in the above mentioned commandant’s headquarters building, where there were about 30 other captives from the Armed forces of Ukraine. In the cell there was a former serviceman of the volunteer Aidar Battalion named A. (about 40 years old, heavily-built, tattoos all over his body), who, according to my comrades, was a traitor, and he acted in propaganda videos to the benefit of the “DPR”, courtesy of O. Zhuravko, a former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine…”

18. Vasyl H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“… I was taken prisoner during the attack on the operating site of the Ukrainian troops by an illegal “DPR” secret subversive group. While we were in captivity, we regularly were threatened we would be killed, and during interrogations they resorted to strong arm tactics, beat us using different tools (truncheons, pliers, gas wrenches etc.)…”

19. Eduard N.(a civilian, was held captive for 401 days)

“…I was detained in Luhansk by the persons who introduced themselves as members of the staff of the DNR Ministry of State Security. During the interrogations they used methods of physical pressure (they struck my limbs with rubber batons and struck my head with books). They constantly threatened and insulted me. I was convicted by the LPR court martial for stirring up national hatred and high treason in the form of espionage for foreign country of Ukraine. They refused to give me a lawyer. There was a closed court session. Mrs. Polonskaia was the presiding judge. I know a person of the investigator, which is Mrs. Yulia Kostenko, I recognized her in the photo № 204…”

20. Viktor L.(a civilian, was held captive for 303 days)

“… I was detained by the collaborators of the pretended Ministry of State Security of the DPR on a charge of spying for Ukraine. Besides them there was a representative of FSB of the Russian Federation who escorted us while they were conveying me to Donetsk. He was driving a car with license plates of the Russian Federation.

I was put in irons, they put winter hat on my head, placed me in a car. From the words of escort persons I understood that they were carrying me to Budionovsk region of Donetsk. When we arrived, they took me into the building, did not put off my heat and put me to the wall with my legs apart. A person speaking with the Russian accent read out the following: “You should address your chief in the form like they are accustomed to address in prison, you’ll be fed twice a day and we’ll give you a piece of paper to write down your confession of being guilty. If you do not write it we’ll put one electric wire on your genitals (“the end”), put the second one in your rectum and put through the current…”

21. Yevhen S. (a civilian, was held captive for 855 days)

During my detention by the staff of the so-called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies”, I was handcuffed and put a dark sack on my head. The armed men took me to Komsomolske, Donetsk oblast, where I was held in the basement of the Kalmius hotel for 45 days. Every day I had been interrogated for about 6 hours, being subjected to physical and psychological abuse. In addition, following the torture, I was forced to sign a false confession admitting espionage in favour of Ukraine.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal” on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 12 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. I was also denied legal counsel.

Among people in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages: they are representatives of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” with the call-names “Alabai”, “Maior”, “Smerch”, “Machete”…”

22. Ivan T. (a civilian, was held captive for 932 days)

“… I was detained at a checkpoint during the inspection of my documents (the terrorists had a tablet with my photo and the information that I was allegedly a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine.) After my detention, I was taken to the building of the former Organized crime unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Donetsk, where I was kept for 8 days.

During interrogations, I was beaten, strangled, tortured with electric current and threatened with murder. I was tortured by “the head of intelligence department” Zakharov, the former officer of the special police force “Berkut” whose call-name was “Simba” and an investigator by the name of Ruslan. In September 2016 I witnessed the murder of a Ukrainian citizen Ch., who was tortured to death during interrogation. She was detained at the beginning of 2016 on suspicion of cooperation with the Supreme Court of Ukraine (the Armed forces of Ukraine) and was held in custody in the building of “guardhouse” (the former office of All-Ukrainian Union “Batkivshchyna” in Donetsk)…”

23. Mykhailo S. (a civilian, was held captive for 321 days)

“…I was detained in the so -called DPR district police department where I was invited as a supposed witness of a road traffic accident. After my being identified I understood that I had been detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security. I was handcuffed; they put a sack on my head made of dark cloth. Accompanied by three employees of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security I was delivered by Daewoo Lanos car to the third floor of an unknown building. The investigator proved that I had been detained for “having carried out espionage activities in Ukraine’s favor”. When interrogated I suffered physical (they battered my limbs) and psychological coercion (they intimidated me by execution, negative consequences for my relatives etc).
According to the “sentence” of the so- called DPR court-martial I was imprisoned for 10 years and had to serve my sentence in a correctional camp of strict regime. The court martial consisted of the following members (their names are decrypted from Russian): Tokarenko N. A. (chief justice), Strateichuk L. Z. (judge), Biriuchkov N. V. (secretary), Krotova I. V. (prosecutor). Besides, Yamanko V. F., “an investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security investigation branch”, was involved in framing up a criminal case against me”…

24. Oleksii K (a civilian, was held captive for 854 days)

“… In August of 2015 I was taken captive by the staff of the so -called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive at that time. Later on, after my detention, I was charged with espionage. I was interrogated by the RF Federal Security Service representatives (the group called “Hosti (guests)” that consisted of 5 persons) in the DPR Ministry of State Security located in Shevchenko boulevard. During interrogations the Russian secret service staff exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me; I was tested twice by means of a lie detector. Shaipov, “the military

prosecutor deputy” and Kilkeev, an “investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security”, were involved my being imprisoned, tortured, abused and convicted unlawfully…”

25. Ivan L. (a serviceman, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…On January 18, 2015, when conducting a combat operation near Spartak village of Donetsk oblast I had my tank damaged. Searching for possible way to withdraw I was injured and taken captive by the militants of “the Cossack union of the Great Don Army” unit (headed by a terrorist call named Batia). When in captivity I suffered from physical coercion a lot; they tried to get to know information concerning call names of the unit command staff, its dislocation, the overall strength of the personnel and ammunition. The terrorists call named Zaiets and Davyd, special representatives of the DPR Ministry of State Security staff, were involved in torturing me. I felt that those brutes suffered from psychological disorders, since they were pleased when captives felt pain and were crying when tortured…”

26. Andrii B. (serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…In May 2015, I was sent on a mission from ATO zone to Poltava oblast in order to detect faults in the military equipment our military unit had to receive. On our route we happened to encounter the checkpoint “Elenovka”, which was held by terrorists of the illegal armed units of the so-called “DPR”.

When I was held in captivity, a man who claimed to be the “DPR Ministry of State Security” lieutenant colonel named Roman Volodymyrovych talked to me five or six times. He didn’t take any interest in military-related issues, paying more attention to personal data. At our fourth meeting he suggested that I should cooperate with illegal armed group fighters in exchange for money and my release from captivity, intimidating to give me psychotropic drugs and to massacre my relatives. He was primarily concerned about information related to the military airfield in Chuhuiv. I turned down his offer point blank and was beaten brutally because of that. In my opinion this person is an employee of the RF FSB…”

27. Yevhen K. (a civilian, was held captive for 867 days)

“…I was detained in Donetsk by the armed men from among the so called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies” on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine. I was handcuffed, put a dark sack on my head and taken to an office block unknown to me. I was repeatedly subjected to means of physical and psychological pressure: I was beaten, abused, threatened with murder and grievous bodily harm. What is more, they

threatened to detain my wife “on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine” if I failed to cooperate with investigative bodies. By means of intimidation I was forced to give evidence, which was recorded by technical means, that I am the so called “Ukraine’s secret services militant, who has undergone training in Yavoriv landfill military base”. The RF citizens personally involved in torture are employees of RF Federal Security Service in Kostroma “Mayor Aleksei” and “captain Krasavchik” (Rus.), who personally tortured me, using a shocker and smothering me with a plastic bag etc.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 16 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. People mentioned below were the members of the so-called “Military tribunal” (the surnames and initials are indicated in Russian): presiding judge – Odehova I. A.; judges – Strateichuk L. Z., Smelik S. G.; secretaries – Zhuk D. S., Smirnov A. V.; prosecutors – Alekseev A. M., Tsymmer V. A., Shailov R. R…”

28. Oleksandr N. (a civilian, was held captive for 925 days)

“…I was detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Novoazovsk of Donetsk oblast (the territory that is temporarily occupied by the RF). When in captivity I was addressed to by the RF Federal Security Service representative (he called himself “Ivan” and promised to improve the conditions of my illegal detention) who asked me to give an interview to the Russian mass media and tell them that “I had undergone special diversionary training in the camps on the territory of Ukraine, in Yavoriv training center in particular, and was instructed by foreigners”. I was interrogated in Donetsk by Stabrov, “the DPR Ministry of State Security major”. The interrogations lasted for 2, sometimes 12-13 hours. During interrogations they exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me (I was tortured and beaten regularly). In the course of such “measures” my witnessing was videotaped. Moreover, my relatives were threatened and blackmailed (they were told that in case of their refusal to come to Donetsk I would be killed or tortured to death). I’d like to admit, that while being held in prison of the DPR Ministry of State Security I witnessed a lot how they beat and employed tortures against a captured Ukrainian serviceman Yevhenii G.…”

29. Anatolii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 615 days)

“…In April of 2015 I was taken captive by the subversive reconnaissance group consisting of the LPR IAG militants (approximately 12-13 persons). I was hit on my head and lost my consciousness as a result of it.

Me and other captives were detained in wards situated in the basement of a multistoried house in the vicinity of the “commandant’s office of the IAG militants” (in the building of the former registry office of Luhansk). The guards wore the RF AF uniform. Almost at once they offered me to work for the “LPR IAF” and promised a “fair wage”. As I had refused, they started intimidating and torturing me. The following persons took part in torturing captives and prisoners (they were recognized in the photo): “colonel Yakubov”, the chief of Luhansk commandant’s office, “first lieutenant Savelieva, the pretrial investigator” and “captain Bielochka (a call name), who boasted of having been a sniper and having murdered Ukrainian warriors in person…”

30. Oleksii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… In April of 2016 when heading for the rotation in the ATO area we got off the course and drove out accidentally to the DPR IAF checkpoint; I was taken captive there.
On the same day we were bought to O. Zakharchenko’s garage. He talked to us in person and then he tore away my insignia. Next day we were conveyed to the DPR Ministry of State Security building (the former Donetsk SSU department, chief torture chamber of Russian terrorists); we were detained in its basement during two months. When in captivity I was beaten almost every day with rubber truncheons…”
31. Leonid S. (a civilian, was held captive for 509 days)

“… I was captured while I was trying to move from Debaltseve, Donetsk oblast, to the territory under Ukraine’s jurisdiction. So-called “offices of the DPR Ministry of State Security” beat me right on the place; they put a bag on my head, placed me in handcuffs and took me to the bus, punching me on the way. I was taken, as I realized later, to the former factory of insulation materials (5, Svitloho Shliakhu street, Donetsk). There, in the office building, there is a “private prison” with a torture ward in the basement; there is another ward with three plank beds placed one above the other and no toilet. On the walls there are surveillance cameras, besides, acoustic surveillance is provided. On the ground floor of the building, there are 11 wards for the detained persons. There is a special ward where straw men are placed to get information. Besides, I was interrogated at the

premises of the so-called Ministry of State Security (76, Shevchenka street, Donetsk). During the interrogations they used electric shocker, battered me, humiliated, attempted to rape, exerted moral and psychological pressure, threatened to torture my relatives.

“Courts-martial”, a “DPR Supreme Court”, accused me of “spying” in favour of “enemy state Ukraine”. During “the court investigation” I was offered “advocation” by Valerii Mykolaiovych Usenko. But as far as I know, Valerii Usenko cooperates with so-called “DPR law enforcement officers”, and they work together to extort money from the relatives of the “accused” in the course of the preliminary investigation before “the guilty verdict” is passed. The “investigator” who conducted “preliminary investigation” in the DPR Ministry of State Security was Vieklov Oleksii Yuriiovych, who tortured hostages together with the chief of the

“DPR Ministry of State Security local office in Debaltsevo” whose name is Dmytro (call name Khrest) and his accomplice Vitalii (call name Shved).

Other persons who conducted tortures of Ukrainian citizens at the factory of insulation materials and at the “correctional facility № 97” are: Serhii Pavlovych (“Palych”), Andrii (“Slipyi”), Yurii (“Tovstyi”); Vasyl Yevdokimov (“Lenin”, “the senior” in the private prison); V.V. Trubitsyn (chief of the pretrial detention centre, sub-colonel); Mark Kholin, Dmytro Niemtsov and Mail Ohly Niporan (all of them are “officers of the correctional facility № 97”).

All the above mentioned persons tried to beat out of me false confession that I was involved in spying. They forced me to fake evidence against myself. Thus, Dmyto (“Khrest”), the “DPR Ministry of State Security officer”, suggested that I should write a letter exactly as told by him. Notably, that I allegedly noted down the data about the dislocation of military equipment, as well as disposition and maneuvers of the illegal armed forces, and then transferred the data to the Security Service of Ukraine. After that, he appropriated my notebook containing the text which I wrote down. Later, when my car was being searched, they found that notebook, which became one of the evidence proving my guilt. In case I wrote that text, “Khrest’ promised that I would be immediately swapped, but if I refused, I would be tortured again.
In December, 2016, while they were recording me on the video in one of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” office rooms, I was offered to read out a pre-prepared text following a pre-arranged scenario. In particular, that I was a SSU undercover agent and transferred information about temporary occupied territories (disposition of the military equipment, armament and

illegal armed forces). Besides, I allegedly received letters with the enclosed photos of the SSU officers whom I, as they thought, worked with. Meanwhile, those letters had no enclosed photos of the SSU officers at all. I called for camera the names which were told to me in advance…”

32. Oleksandr O. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1059 days)

“…I was taken captive in February 2015. While moving in a car along Rostov highway towards Artemivsk we got under fire from terrorists’ ambush. I was wounded, got a shell shock and lost consciousness. When I came to myself I saw some men who had the insignia of the Armed forces of Ukraine – yellow ribbons on their sleeves. When I asked them what they were doing, why were they shooting at us, we were from Ukrainian army too, they said that they were the servicemen from RF. While in captivity I got to know military ranks and call names of Russian servicemen:

‒ “colonel” Gorelov Ihor Volodymyrovich, “Goga”, the curator of the “Commandant’s regiment commanding officer”:

‒ “Commandant regiment Chief of staff, lieutenant colonel, call name Kurgan”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Tahirov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on rear services support of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Karpov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on armament of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “the chief of the subsistence support service, major, call name Kolyvan”;

While in captivity I was regularly tortured, suffered from physical and psychological pressure; once I was even tortured before the eyes of the leader of Donetsk terrorists O. Zakharchenko, who then ordered to execute me – there was a mock execution with firing above the head…’

33. Valerii R. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… On the first day I was interrogated by the leader of pro-Russian terrorists O. Zakharchenko himself, and for the next four days – by an officer of RF Armed forces, who was in “balaclava”. I suffered physical and psychological pressure, was beaten during the interrogations. I was even suggested to kill my comrade in return for freedom. They tried to obtain information on the call names of our commanding officers, our location and number of personnel, and also on our weaponry. As a result of tortures I was forced to sign the protocol stating that I was an enemy artillery fire spotter for the Armed forces of Ukraine…”

34. Oleksandr I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 614 days)

“…After I was taken prisoner, they put a sack on my head, placed me in a car and brought to Debaltseve. I was kept in a basement of some building which I didn’t see because the windows were welded up. During interrogations conducted by the terrorists – members of the so-called “DPR State Security Ministry” they always resorted to strong-arm tactics. I didn’t see who battered me because there was a sack on my head, and I don’t remember how many times they battered me.
They made an attempt to recruit me. In Debaltsevo, a Major (I don’t know his name, he was wearing a balaclava helmet, was about 190 cm in height, physically fit, 30-40 years old) many times offered me to become an “MGB DPR” agent, and for that he promised to stop tortures and even to pay a big sum of money. In case I agreed, he planned to free me from detention as a “hero”. After that, I had to assist in capturing the commander of my squadron senior lieutenant T. I refused to do that…”

35. Mykola I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 776 days)

“…While being captive, I was regularly tortured and beaten in my head, legs, and back. They demanded that I say right to the camera that servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine were involved in the crimes against the people of the Donbass. A former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine Zhuravko O.V. was personally filming that, and he gave me the text which he had written. To his opinion, I was reading the text in a temperate manner, so he ordered to punch me in the face several times, which was done by the members of the so-called “MGB DPR”…

36. Yevhen Ch. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1047 days)

“…In February 2015, while I was fulfilling a combat mission to support infantry squads of the Armed forces of Ukraine, I was taken prisoner by a group of Russian militants – members of illegal armed groups.

During interrogations in the so-called “MGB DPR” they knocked my teeth out, and this was done in the presence of the “DPR Defense Minister” Kononov. By resorting to physical abuse and threats (they threatened to kill my mother and to rape my sister), they made me give a fake interview and say that I refused from prisoner exchange and wished to stay in the “DPR”. Two officers of the Russian Federation secret services (they spoke with a strongly marked “Moscow” accent) participated in the tortures…”

37. Oleksandr L. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1083 days)

In February 2015 we fell into the ambush near the village Logvinovo of Donetsk region. The road was blocked with the ammunition boxes, the anti-tank mines were planting around them so it was impossible to turn back the car and go in the opposite direction. When the car stopped they began firing. My right hand finger was wounded with shrapnel and I got a bullet wound in my right hand. Having left the car, I crawled away as far as possible. They stopped firing. Someone struck on my helmet and said: “Don’t move or you’ll be shot down”.
We were motionless when the militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR confiscated our arms, documents, helmets, bullet-proof vests and cut off our insignia

They gave me order to get the killed serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine out of the overturned KAMAZ that was under bombardment, put him into the shell-hole and lie down with him to be shot. The terrorists fired the machine guns over head and had a laugh. Approximately half an hour later car URAL arrived to take us. When we were approaching the car, one old man came to us. The militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR exclaimed:” Grandpa, they are those Yanks who fired at you”. This old man took a stick that looked like a spade handle and started hitting my head with it until it broke. While I was climbing the lorry they struck blows on my back and my legs with a gun butt. In the car I was lying on the floor.

We arrived into one village where they moved us into the luggage boot of another car and put us in fetters. They brought us to Maiskaia street where the Nova Poshta former branch office once was situated and now it was occupied by the unit of Russian terrorists of Don Cossacks. They beat and interrogated us. When a man in charge of the illegal armed unit under the call name OPER arrived, they already knew that one of the Ukrainian serviceman had been decorated with the order of Bohdan Khmelnitskyi Third Class. He and some other wounded soldiers were shot by OPER’s order.
I was interrogated by OPER in 10 persons’ presence. Then they forced us to grant interview to Live News. The journalists of this channel gave us text which stated that units of the Armed forces of Ukraine were not activated, that special blocking teams opened fire targeting those soldiers who were going to retreat. After our conversation with the journalists we were imprisoned in the basement of the unknown building where the militants from the illegal armed unit of the DPR call named Cheka, Shchuka, Milioner, Tesak and commandant Botsman used to beat and humiliate us…”

38. Mykola N. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 647 days)

“…I was taken captive in March 2015. That day I was buying some milk from a local resident of Zaitsevo settlement in Donetsk region who lived near our fighting position. I tasted milk before buying and then lost consciousness. When I regained consciousness I could not understand where I was and saw an armed person beside me. I took him for a friendly person. When we came in the building and started talking I realized that I was in captivity of the terrorists. They beat me and put into the car and brought as I suppose to Horlivka. There they again beat me and interrogated. The same day they brought me to Donetsk and put into the building of the former regional department of SBU where they were keeping me for a month. After my arriving there they interrogated and beat me. In the course of interrogation the terrorists tried to get information about the location of our artillery and equipment. On the third day of my captivity in the building of the former regional department of SBU in Donetsk they took me to the interrogation where they gave me the text of an interview and made me read it on video camera. Hudiakov Yevhen, the senior lieutenant was the person who with extreme cruelty tortured me and other Ukrainian captives”…

39. Taras G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 279 days)

“…I was taken captive when conducting combat operations – reconnaissance and determination of the hostile fire units’ location. However the adversary started shelling our group. As I had disoriented myself afield, I fell down into the entrenchment with two terrorists inside it (they were Don Cossacks). When I was trying to use my personal weapon, the third terrorist, who had approached me from behind, hit me at my back. They took away my machine gun, tied my hands and brought me to their APC-60 that carried us to Kalynove settlement. When they detained me and were transporting me to the place of destination they were constantly beating me with their upper and lower limbs and a knife handle. In Kalynove settlement I was interrogated by “the chief of the 6th motor rifle unit” call named “Poltinnik”. He wanted to get to know the information concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian AF units, artillery, provisions supply battalions, weapons and equipment.

In the course of interrogations and “by his order”, his subordinates (Don Cossacks) were beating me. Then I was taken to the “military commandant’s office” (located in 40, Gastello str., Artemivk district of Luhansk). I was brought into a one-place room there situated in the basement. On the same day I was taken for interrogations by 9 “persons”, 6

of them were “guards”, three others conducted interrogations. They were hiding their faces and called themselves “russkiie (Russians)”. When interrogated, I understood they were from “Kupol (dome) or K unit”. Some of them had a sleeve insignia that looked like a split church dome against the black colored background with no inscriptions. “Kupols” interrogated me twice or thrice a day exerting physical pressure upon me, using an electric shocker, applying electric current from the “TA -57” telephone set and beat me with rubber truncheons. They did these things with the aim to make me confess to my having been involved in favoring the activities of secret services of Ukraine, the SSU in particular. They abused and tortured me when I refused to learn or say aloud the text that had been given to me during another interrogation while they were taping videos for the occupational Mass Media.

While carrying out household activities (cleaning premises etc.), I got an opportunity to learn the list of IAF representatives who served in the “military commandant’s office” in 40, Gastello str., Artemivsk district of Luhansk (their leave and duty rosters etc.) and were involved in torturing Ukrainian captives:

— “commandant, lieutenant colonel” Zhyronkin Leonid Oleksandrovych (according to other IAF members, a former SSU employee);

— “chief of staff, major” Navrotsky Viacheslav Ivanovych;
— “deputy commander for morale & welfare, lieutenant” Kyryliuk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (has got a coloured tattoo of a scorpi on his right shoulder);

— “lieutenant” Akhmetshyn Oleksandr Yuriiovych;
— “lieutenant” Koshelenko Serhii Romanovych (“Kosheliok”);

— “warrant officer” Bazalii Hennadii Serhiiovych (“Baza”), who took part in “combat actions” with call name “Malysh” (approximately in 2015);

— “chief of military detention, senior warrant officer” Protas Andrii Serhiiovych, who took part in “combat actions” of 2014, then served as a “personal guard’ of Plotnytsky;

— “chief of the department of crime prevention, senior lieutenant” Sorokina Liubov Semenivna;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Grachova Yuliia Yevheniivna. Her husband’s father was “the LPR military commandant, colonel” Grachov;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Leonov Serhii Hryhorovych;

— “senior lieutenant” Turkin Hennadii Mykolaiovych (“Afgan”), was

transferred to “the 2nd RF AF AC staff” presumably to the “department of morale and welfare”;

— “in charge of armament, deputy commandant, colonel” Synelnyk Volodymyr Vasyliovych (is over weight);

— “captain, assistant commandant for support (since September of 2017) ”Honcharov Yevhen Valentynovych (has got a mustache), in December of 2017 he was shifted to the “commandant’s office” of Zhovtnevyi district in Luhansk;

— “lieutenant” Bublyk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (or Mykolaiovych);

— “senior lieutenant, chief of the commandant’s platoon, assistant commandant for support (since December of 2017)” Kalinin Vitalii Vasyliovych;

— “soldier ”Bozhenko Oleksii Hennadiiovych (is overweight);
— “soldier” Kravtsov Andrii Yuriiovych, has got a tattoo of a canopy on his shoulder typical of paratroopers and a tattoo with “Za VDV (For air borne forces)” inscription on his little finger;

— “senior soldier (probably, sergeant)” Handzii Serhii;
— “lieutenant (probably, senior lieutenant), chief of staff deputy” Korotukhin Oleksii (Artem)…

40. Volodymyr G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 739 days)

“…Immediately after being taken captive my uniform, military card and belongings were taken way, I was left just in my underclothes. In some a minivan arrived at the checkpoint and in 15-20 minutes I was taken to the basement of an unknown building. There I was tortured and threatened of being killed. Tortures went on for the whole night. In the morning, with a plastic bag on my head, I was transferred to the premises of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters”(commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname Kotov (according to militants).

In half a year all the captives, who were at the “commandant’s headquarters” (34 men) were transferred to prison in Makiivka – (western correctional facility), in which we stayed until released from captivity. In September 2017, about a year and a half after I was taken captive, the detention center was visited by the representatives of the so-called “investigative department of DPR General Prosecutor’s office”. They charged me with “collaboration with terrorists”. I denied “the charges”, and that was included into the “transcript of interrogation”.

While I was in captivity I suffered grievous bodily harm: my two left ribs were broken, I had a left ear contusion as a result of beatings and after a shot was made close to the left side of my head…”

41. Oleksandr T. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 702 days)

“After taken captive I was transferred to the township of Mykolaivka and handed over to the representatives of Russian armed terrorist group “3rd battalion of Slavic brigade” – to the “colonel with a call-name “Starshina” and to his aid with a call-name “Mal’ok”. I was immediately hit into the face with a submachine gun butt, then I was kicked, beaten with rubber truncheons and I was unable to cover myself as I was handcuffed. I lost consciousness of pain and came to myself in Donetsk. I was imprisoned in “military unit 08816” (Donetsk, Molodizhna street). In Donetsk I was interrogated by an employee of FSB of RF and by employees of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”. Interrogations were conducted according to one scenario – at first they forced to confess of crimes against civilians and then they beat me cruelly – my rib was broken and I had my teeth knocked out…”

42. Mykola H. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1051 days)

“…I was illegally kept imprisoned in the prison of Russian terrorists “correctional facility #97” in Makiivka, Donetsk oblast. All this time they either forced me to sign the “confession of crimes against Donetsk people” or suggested joining the militants of illegal armed groups. They didn’t hide the fact that though the salary of militants was not high, they could loot the locals, suspected of having sympathy towards Ukraine, without being punished. I suffered from physical and psychological tortures. I was regularly tortured by Shapovalov A.A. – “deputy head of imprisonment sector”, call-name “Nimets” (I recognize him in picture #67)…

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES of UKRAINE

BY MATERIALS of THE SECURITY SERVICE OF UKRAINE

EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE ORDLO TERRITORIES, ON THE MILITARY AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AGAINST UKRAINE, INHUMAN DETENTION CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL ABUSE, TORTURE AND MORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HUMILIATION

1. Oleksandr D. (civilian, was held captive for 905 days)

“… At the end of 2015 I was taken prisoner by pro-Russian militiamen for an attempted “illegal crossing of the border” between Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk Oblast, near Heorhiivka. I was brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department on Bauman street. I was photographed, and my interrogation was captured on video. The interrogation was conducted by a representative of the so-called “Counterintelligence Department of the DPR State Security Ministry (MGB DPR)” (I recognize him on photo #140), and the “head of the Military Counterintelligence Department”, call- name “David”, who was personally in charge of interrogations and beatings of the hostages (I recognize him on photo #167). Besides, on photo #79 I have identified a pro-Russian militiaman, an “armed escort member” who guarded the hostages kept in the fuel and lubricant warehouse. In six months, I was transferred to the basement of Donetsk Regional State Administration building. During two months I was held captive in some office room, and three months later I was transferred to the prison camp #97 in Makiivka.

While being illegally held captive, I was beaten severely and deprived of food many times. They organized mock executions, firing weapons at me. The “commanding officer of the DPR separate commandant’s regiment” V. Anosov and his wife “major” Anosova were particularly cruel – they regularly tortured the hostages and captive servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and abused their dignity…”

2-3. Artem A. and Vladyslav O. (civilians, were held captive for 444 days)

“…We were taken prisoners by the so-called “officers of the MGB DPR” in the Teatralna Square in October 2016, in full view of dozens of people, and were brought to the building of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department (79 Radianska Str., Luhansk). The terrorists accused us of having been in contact with servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and with volunteers from “Asov Battalion”, to whom we communicated

information on the disposition of units the Russian Federation regular troops on the temporarily occupied territories in Luhansk Oblast. Besides, they found a video of burning a flag of the so-called “LPR” in Vladyslav’s telephone.

Starting with the first interrogation, which lasted from 12:00 to 22:00, we were both beaten and underwent psychological pressure (threats, humiliations). Physical abuse (beatings, electric shocks, suffocation using plastic bags) and threats to cut off limbs, fingers in particular, are a key tool in the activities of the so-called “MGB LPR”, and each of us experienced them.

Later we were convicted of “treason through conniving [with the enemy]” and “desecration of the state symbols of the LPR”.

The fake trial was organized personally by the following supporters of terrorists: the “LPR Military Tribunal judge” Lunha A.H., the clerk of the court Dokukina L.I., Deputy Head of the Department of Prosecutor-General’s Office of LPR Kozlov M.V.”.

Among those who personally tortured Ukrainian hostages, and were involved in our illegal detention, are the ones whom we recognize in the photos: Rohovenko S. (call-name “Tunhuz”, a former law- enforcement officer, currently an “officer of the MGB LPR”); Kovaliov L., a “Major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Borets”; Denys, call-name ”John”, an “officer of the MGB LPR”, graduated from Luhansk National Agrarian University; “major of justice” Manuilova Yu., a “forensic specialist of the MGB LPR Investigative Department”, a former officer of the Investigative Branch of Luhansk Regional Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine”; “colonel of justice” Petrenko B., currently “head of the MGB LPR Investigative Arm”, a former officer of the SSU Luhansk Regional Department; “major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Frol”, who tortured the hostages with obsessive cruelty. Besides, the “officer of the MGB LPR” Denys, call-name ”John” (I would guess he is 25 years old, 180 -185 cm in height, fair-haired, has a tattoo “За ВДВ” on his left hand) repeatedly persuaded us to commit a terrorist act on the territory of Ukraine in exchange for a possibility to return to Luhansk…”

4. Valerii R. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 890 days)

“…At the beginning of April 2016, when the convoy was moving to the place of rotation, we were ambushed; as a result of it our car (the last in the convoy) was damaged by the anti -armor grenade launcher and seized by Russian terrorists. I was taken to the occupied territory by the militants and brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department

situated in Bauman street. At once I was accused of having conducted terrorist activities on the territory of Donetsk oblast. In the course of interrogations which were held 2-3 times a week I coerced psychological pressure (they beat me with legs and a rubber stick; they applied a current from my old mobile phone), they promised to cut off my arms. The staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security took away my mobile phone; they presumably called my brother from it and informed him of my having deserted to terrorists. Moreover, they called my niece and threatened her with physical violence. The terrorists employed tortures against a captured serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine call named “R” by means of filing his teeth; they stabbed both legs of a Ukraine’s AF serviceman call named “H”.

For three months I had been held in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department and then I was taken to the prison settlement #97 in Makiivka. In October 2017, I was attended by the DPR Ministry of State Security investigators who accused me of “having aided terrorists and adjusted fire” and “promised” to imprison me for 20-30 years…”.

5. Oleksandr F. (a civilian, was held captive for 723 days)

“… I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Makiivka of Donetsk Oblast. They found symbols of Ukraine and the EU in the course of a search that resulted in my being captured. Soon afterwards I was brought to the room #302 in the building of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security (Donetsk, Shevchenko str., 26), where I was interrogated for the first time and coerced beatings and intimidation. I was interrogated by the following “special investigative agents”: Horbokon (call named “Niemets”), Biloborodko (call named “Monomakh”) and Yefimovych who demanded that I should confirm my membership in Ukrainian patriotic organizations. I was held captive by the DPR Ministry of State Security bodies for three months; first I was held in a non-heated lock- up garage (though it was winter), then I was brought to the former archives office that had been turned into a torture chamber by terrorists. The guards and the staff of the DPR Ministry of State Security abused hostages all the time (beat them with their hands, legs and rubber cues). Trubitsyn, “the chief” of the pre -trial detention center, and Kholin, “a criminal investigative agent”, turned to be the cruelest.

In August 2016, I was convicted by Donetsk inter -regional court in Makiivka, then by the DPR court martial. I remember the representatives of prosecution involved in fraud for obtaining judgment: Kilkieev and Orlova, investigators, Maksymova, a judge in Makiivka, Strateichuk and Odegov, court martial judges, Serhieev and Maksymov, the prosecutors. Mykyta

Kiosev (the head of “Moloda Respublika (Young Republic)” terrorist civil organization) and Hryhorii Zinovyk (a functionary of the students’ trade-union committee), considered informants and provocateurs, as well as the above mentioned “criminal investigative agents of the DPR Ministry of State Security” acted as witnesses.

I served my “sentence” in the penitentiary #27 (Horlivka, Nemyrovych-Danchenko str.). I was tortured there personally by Oleksandr Liashenko, “the head of penitentiary”, his relative and “the deputy head” at the same time Dmytro Liashenko and Dmytro Verych, a “criminal investigative agent”. Just before the hostage handover, on December 25, 2017 in particular, the Liashenkos, being drunken sadists, beat and abused me from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m.…”.

6. Oleksandr A. (a civilian, was held captive for 848 days)

“… I was taken hostage by the representatives of the armed Russian-terrorist group “Sparta” and the so-called “military police officers” who accused me of “treason against DPR”. For some time, I was held in a basement, where I was interrogated five times. Each interrogation had lasted on average for about two or three hours. At the same time, I was subjected to physical abuse – I was beaten with hands, legs, rubber truncheons and a butt of an assault rifle. As a result of a torture, I was left disabled. One of the interrogations was filmed by a “blogger” Zhurabka for the Russian agitation visual. Later, I and other hostages were attended by representatives of Russian TV channels “NTV” and “Russia 24” who interviewed prisoners and filmed the conditions of their compulsory detention. At the same time, “journalists” instructed the hostages to give them the correct answers.

The main torture chamber of the “DPR” was located in the premises of the former archive of the Donetsk SSU Department, which was captured by terrorists in 2014. The hostages were placed on the racks for paper; there was no lavatory, linen and running water. Only in two years’ time terrorists finally legalized my detention: by the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the DPR “a preventive measure in the form of keeping in custody was taken against me”. At the same time, I was banned from legal counsel and they refused to grant me visiting permits.

Among the terrorists in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages. One of them is the head of the 3rd DPR Intelligence Department with a call-name Zaiats (he personally conducted interrogations in the presence of two officers of the RF secret services, who asked questions concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of anti-terrorist operation, the number of personnel and military machinery); another one is Artem, Zaiats’s subordinate, a former employee

of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, who previously served in one of Donetsk regional police departments (he is mercantile and interested in personal enrichment); the third one is Zombi (he used to be a dog handler in Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs special police force “Berkut”)…

7. Denys B. (a civilian, was held captive for 390 days)

“… At the exit of my house, I was knocked down, put a sack on my head and handcuffed. I was also charged with “betrayal of my homeland and “Russkaia vesna” ideals” as well as espionage in favour of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the building of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” in Donetsk (26, Shevchenko St.) they tortured me and smothered me with a plastic bag until they got to know my Twitter account password. They threatened me with physical abuse – to cut off my limbs, to rape me, to execute me by shooting or bury me alive in a pit in a forest. I was also subjected to all sorts of humiliation and threatened to be put into a lime pit. All the torturers were wearing masks (balaklavas), but during the interrogation I heard one terrorist’s call-name – “Yakut”.

On the basis of evidence extracted from me under torture I was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the so- called “Supreme Court of DPR”. People, personally liable for my unlawful imprisonment and fabrication of my criminal case are: Yamanko, a crime scene investigator working for the “DPR Ministry of State Security”; “judges” Tokarenko, Strateichuk and Odehov; Idiatulin, DPR Ministry of State Security criminal investigator; and Bairachnyi, deputy Prosecutor General of DPR.

8. Roman S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 189 days)

“Our security checkpoint was attacked by a sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Russian occupational troops. There were 16 men there, all dressed in the uniform of the Russian Army. Three Ukrainian fighters were killed and I was taken captive during the fight. I was kept prisoner at the high security prison # 97 (Makiyivka, Donetsk oblast). I was frequently tortured during interrogations. Once I was interrogated by O. Zakharchenko in person. That was hardly an interrogation – swear words, shouting and intimidation of sexual assaults all the time; I think he was under drugs. After the interrogation Zakharchenko ordered his inferiors to kill me (it was a mock execution). I don’t know where exactly the interrogation took place because while in captivity I was always transported with a sack on my head”…

9. Serhii S. (civilian, was held captive for 448 days)

“…I was detained by the militants of illegal armed groups of the so called “LPR” in September 2016 while crossing the delimitation line. They accused

me of cooperation with the Armed forces of Ukraine. All the time I was kept in the basement of the former building of SSU regional department in Luhansk oblast. On the premises of that building there were stationed not only local militants but also the units of the RF Army, including officers of the Russian military intelligence (I saw them and heard their conversations). I was interrogated several times. All the interrogations were held with the use of physical violence, they tortured me using electric current, kicked me and humiliated. I was a witness to a murder of one of the captives – Andrij K. – by the “LPR” militants…

10. Ihor S. (a civilian, was held captive for 824 days)

“…I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city of Donetsk. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive. In two months’ time I got to know that I had been charged with espionage. For two years I had been held illegally in the “pretrial detention centre of the DPR Ministry of State Security” (located in Kobozev street, 4) . After the trial that looked like the one of Stalin’s epoch of the thirties, the previous century, I was imprisoned in the penitentiary #32 of Donetsk oblast. Shaipov, the so-called DPR deputy prosecutor, and Kilkeev, an investigator, were involved in framing up a criminal case against me.

The convoy from the DPR Ministry of State Security staff accompanied me to the interrogations. There were five representatives of the RF Federal Security Service (the group called “Hosti (guests)”) who conducted interrogations in the DPR Ministry of State Security building in Shevchenko boulevard. When interrogated I coerced physical and psychological pressure: they tortured me a lot and threatened both me and my family members…”

11. Halyna H. (civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…I worked in the local Municipal Polyclinic. In October 2016, the Chief Doctor called me into his office, where there were present two members of the “MGB DPR”. In their identity documents there were only photographs without any identification data. Further I learned that one man’s name was Vitalii, call-name “Shved” (“Swede”), and another man’s name was Dmytro.

They searched my workplace and visually inspected my mobile phone. They also searched my house and confiscated my computer equipment. I was charged with pro-Ukrainian views.

“Shved” and his colleague brought me to the “MGB DPR” (Tarasa Shevchenka Str., Donetsk). I was interrogated for about an hour by an “MGB DPR” investigator A. Lozinskyi. During interrogations I underwent a

polygraph test. The polygraphist – a Russian Federation citizen – asked me about my attitude toward Ukraine, and about my help to the Armed forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine. I was illegally detained on the premises of the “Izoliatsia” factory (4 Svietloho Puti Str.; a person named Denys Pavlovych, call-name “Pershyi’ (“First”), was in charge of that “MGB DPR base”); later I was transferred to the “MGB DPR” detention unit (Kobazeva Str., Donetsk).

We were kept in appalling conditions, there were no showers and lavatories; they would lock us in a so-called “jar” (tiny room), and in an isolation ward (a 1,5 by 2 m room equipped with video cameras) without windows, where blue color light was on 24 hours a day.

While being held captive I was tortured by electric shocks – they tied me to a metal table with an adhesive tape, put a sack on my head, and attached electrodes to my toes. They also resorted to psychological pressure. They threatened to take my husband to “MGB”. While I was in custody, I was involved in farm work on the premises of the factory – I tended for animals; I also had to tidy up the territory, and to unload vehicles.

In November 2017 I was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by the “DPR military tribunal”. I was provided with a lawyer, who regularly conducted negotiations with my children offering them to pay USD 1000 for my release from prison. Shortly before the court hearing, they replaced the lawyer with Sh.; she got USD 500 for members of the “MGB DPR” who allegedly put me in the exchange of captives’ list…”

12. Oleksii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 1091 days)

“… In December 2014 during my trip to Torez, Donetsk oblast, I was arrested at the checkpoint by persons, related to the so-called “Russian Cossacks”. I was accused of allegedly taking part in the revolutionary events that took place on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, and of allegedly being a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. None of the accusations is true.

For almost two months I had been kept in a street pit on the territory of the former Torez fire-fighting department and then I was transported to the basement of the former SSU building in Donetsk oblast (the base of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”). While in captivity, I was repeatedly interrogated by the representatives of the so-called “Public Prosecutor’s office” and “the DPR Ministry of State Security”: terrorists with the call-names “Ded”, “Iskander”, “Belaz”, “Yusik” (who have been recognized in the photo) . During interrogations, which lasted for about two hours, I was subjected to tortures and other means of physical pressure. I was tortured with an electric current and beaten with various wooden and iron objects. My sister received telephone threats from the representatives of the

DPR Ministry of State Security, who suggested her paying the ransom of 50 thousand dollars for my release…”

13. Anatolii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…While passing the so- called “grey zone” along Popasna-Pervomaisk highway on a bicycle, I was detained by the commander of the Russian terrorist battalion named after Platov (by the surname of Snohii) and his subordinates for allegedly carrying out reconnaissance activities. During my illegal captivity I was alternately kept at the headquarters of the illegal armed group named after Platov in Stahanov (the building of the Taxation office seized by terrorists), in “the LPR military police office” and in the pre-trial detention centre #3 of Krasnolutsk penitentiary #19.On trumped-up charges of “treason against LPR” I was sentenced to 13 years in prison (by Berestenko Yuliia, the judge of the LPR Ministry of State Security).

While in captivity, I was repeatedly subjected to battering, shooting imitations, abuse, intimidation, electric torture etc. They constantly threatened me to arrest my wife. In addition, when I was in “the LPR military police punishment cell”, I witnessed a captive, who was a Ukraine’s Armed Forces serviceman, being tortured: he was brought unconscious and was tortured for 24 hours…”

14. Hryhorii S. (civilian, was held captive for 391 days)

“In December 2016, when I was going home, some masked strangers knocked me down, put a sack on my head and brought me to the building of former of Donetsk militia department. There the so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” Harkovenko, Tymchak, Tserkovnikov and Tsukanov D.V., altogether with their chief Zaharov applied physical tortures (beatings and electrocution, threats of killing) and psychological pressure (threats to kill my relatives). During the interrogation the “LPR Ministry of Interior investigator” Hainutdynov forced me to sign prepared by him documents: a waiver of counsel, permit to conduct the search in my apartment and a surrender, in which I “confessed” of acts of sabotage on the territory of Donetsk (blowing up electricity supply networks, monument to Lenin and kiosks; preparations to blow up Donetsk TV tower and espionage for the benefit of Ukraine).
After that my “confessions” of aiding Ukrainian security services and my alleged acts of sabotage and blow-ups were filmed. I was taken to the forests where I had to show the hiding places with explosive materials. I was in advance instructed by the named above so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” on where and what to show and what to say in the video.

Personal responsibility for committed against me crimes is on the “employees of DPR General Prosecutor’s office” Klimenko, Kartseva and Lastovytska – in collusion with “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” they did acts aimed at my illegal detention in custody and non-disclosure of facts of tortures; the physician-in-chief of Donetsk regional Diagnostic Center Momot, who refused to issue documents to certify the traumas I got after being tortured by the “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior”; Khalabuzar – the chief of the detention center who destroyed the documents certifying my serious condition after interrogations by the “officers of the LPR Ministry of Interior”… .

15. Maxim I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 737 days)

“On capturing me the militants pierced my leg with a submachine gun ramrod and broke my right thumb. Though I was in pain, they took me to the basement of some building and continued to beat me (they fractured my skull, broke my ribs, knocked out my tooth and cut my chin badly.

Then I was moved to Donetsk, where I and my comrades-in-arms were beaten and imprisoned in the former building of the SSU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast at Shchorsa street. We were left without any food for 3 days.

The first interrogation was conducted by a man who told me that he was a serviceman of the RF Armed forces. Some days later he was joined by two more men. As it turned out then, both were from Rostov-on-Don, RF. These particular men were the cruelest at torturing Ukrainian captives.
I know that on December 29, 2015 a Ukrainian serviceman was killed – beaten to death – in the building where I was illegally kept…”

16. Volodymyr B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 711 days)

“… For the first six months I was held captive in the basement of former building of SBU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast, which was taken by militants, then I was at the so-called “DPR commandant’s office”. Since July 2016 I was illegally imprisoned in the cell of colony #97 at Makiivka. I will remember atrocity and cruelty I experienced there for all my life. I nearly lost my mind because of all the tortures, but psychological pressure was even more scaring than physical violence. Once the militants brought the picture of my children and forced me to give an interview for Russian TV channels “ОРТ”and “Live news”…”

17. Andrii H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“…The tortures lasted all night long, and in the morning they put plastic bags on our heads and took us to the premises of the former SSU

Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters” (military unit number 08816, commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname “Kotov” (according to militants). We were held in the basement in solitary cells, and in the cells near us there were militants detained for the breach of discipline.

While torturing us, an unknown person dressed in military uniform (I would guess he is about 30 years old), who called himself Hennadii, regularly offered to us to leave the Armed forces of Ukraine and to defect to the “DPR” militants’ side. I refused to do that. When we were in the commandant’s headquarters, unknown people in balaclava helmets interrogated us, and they recorded the process on video to show it to our relatives.

Later we were transferred to another cell in another wing of the basement in the above mentioned commandant’s headquarters building, where there were about 30 other captives from the Armed forces of Ukraine. In the cell there was a former serviceman of the volunteer Aidar Battalion named A. (about 40 years old, heavily-built, tattoos all over his body), who, according to my comrades, was a traitor, and he acted in propaganda videos to the benefit of the “DPR”, courtesy of O. Zhuravko, a former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine…”

18. Vasyl H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“… I was taken prisoner during the attack on the operating site of the Ukrainian troops by an illegal “DPR” secret subversive group. While we were in captivity, we regularly were threatened we would be killed, and during interrogations they resorted to strong arm tactics, beat us using different tools (truncheons, pliers, gas wrenches etc.)…”

19. Eduard N.(a civilian, was held captive for 401 days)

“…I was detained in Luhansk by the persons who introduced themselves as members of the staff of the DNR Ministry of State Security. During the interrogations they used methods of physical pressure (they struck my limbs with rubber batons and struck my head with books). They constantly threatened and insulted me. I was convicted by the LPR court martial for stirring up national hatred and high treason in the form of espionage for foreign country of Ukraine. They refused to give me a lawyer. There was a closed court session. Mrs. Polonskaia was the presiding judge. I know a person of the investigator, which is Mrs. Yulia Kostenko, I recognized her in the photo № 204…”

20. Viktor L.(a civilian, was held captive for 303 days)

“… I was detained by the collaborators of the pretended Ministry of State Security of the DPR on a charge of spying for Ukraine. Besides them there was a representative of FSB of the Russian Federation who escorted us while they were conveying me to Donetsk. He was driving a car with license plates of the Russian Federation.

I was put in irons, they put winter hat on my head, placed me in a car. From the words of escort persons I understood that they were carrying me to Budionovsk region of Donetsk. When we arrived, they took me into the building, did not put off my heat and put me to the wall with my legs apart. A person speaking with the Russian accent read out the following: “You should address your chief in the form like they are accustomed to address in prison, you’ll be fed twice a day and we’ll give you a piece of paper to write down your confession of being guilty. If you do not write it we’ll put one electric wire on your genitals (“the end”), put the second one in your rectum and put through the current…”

21. Yevhen S. (a civilian, was held captive for 855 days)

During my detention by the staff of the so-called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies”, I was handcuffed and put a dark sack on my head. The armed men took me to Komsomolske, Donetsk oblast, where I was held in the basement of the Kalmius hotel for 45 days. Every day I had been interrogated for about 6 hours, being subjected to physical and psychological abuse. In addition, following the torture, I was forced to sign a false confession admitting espionage in favour of Ukraine.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal” on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 12 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. I was also denied legal counsel.

Among people in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages: they are representatives of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” with the call-names “Alabai”, “Maior”, “Smerch”, “Machete”…”

22. Ivan T. (a civilian, was held captive for 932 days)

“… I was detained at a checkpoint during the inspection of my documents (the terrorists had a tablet with my photo and the information that I was allegedly a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine.) After my detention, I was taken to the building of the former Organized crime unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Donetsk, where I was kept for 8 days.

During interrogations, I was beaten, strangled, tortured with electric current and threatened with murder. I was tortured by “the head of intelligence department” Zakharov, the former officer of the special police force “Berkut” whose call-name was “Simba” and an investigator by the name of Ruslan. In September 2016 I witnessed the murder of a Ukrainian citizen Ch., who was tortured to death during interrogation. She was detained at the beginning of 2016 on suspicion of cooperation with the Supreme Court of Ukraine (the Armed forces of Ukraine) and was held in custody in the building of “guardhouse” (the former office of All-Ukrainian Union “Batkivshchyna” in Donetsk)…”

23. Mykhailo S. (a civilian, was held captive for 321 days)

“…I was detained in the so -called DPR district police department where I was invited as a supposed witness of a road traffic accident. After my being identified I understood that I had been detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security. I was handcuffed; they put a sack on my head made of dark cloth. Accompanied by three employees of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security I was delivered by Daewoo Lanos car to the third floor of an unknown building. The investigator proved that I had been detained for “having carried out espionage activities in Ukraine’s favor”. When interrogated I suffered physical (they battered my limbs) and psychological coercion (they intimidated me by execution, negative consequences for my relatives etc).
According to the “sentence” of the so- called DPR court-martial I was imprisoned for 10 years and had to serve my sentence in a correctional camp of strict regime. The court martial consisted of the following members (their names are decrypted from Russian): Tokarenko N. A. (chief justice), Strateichuk L. Z. (judge), Biriuchkov N. V. (secretary), Krotova I. V. (prosecutor). Besides, Yamanko V. F., “an investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security investigation branch”, was involved in framing up a criminal case against me”…

24. Oleksii K (a civilian, was held captive for 854 days)

“… In August of 2015 I was taken captive by the staff of the so -called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive at that time. Later on, after my detention, I was charged with espionage. I was interrogated by the RF Federal Security Service representatives (the group called “Hosti (guests)” that consisted of 5 persons) in the DPR Ministry of State Security located in Shevchenko boulevard. During interrogations the Russian secret service staff exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me; I was tested twice by means of a lie detector. Shaipov, “the military

prosecutor deputy” and Kilkeev, an “investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security”, were involved my being imprisoned, tortured, abused and convicted unlawfully…”

25. Ivan L. (a serviceman, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…On January 18, 2015, when conducting a combat operation near Spartak village of Donetsk oblast I had my tank damaged. Searching for possible way to withdraw I was injured and taken captive by the militants of “the Cossack union of the Great Don Army” unit (headed by a terrorist call named Batia). When in captivity I suffered from physical coercion a lot; they tried to get to know information concerning call names of the unit command staff, its dislocation, the overall strength of the personnel and ammunition. The terrorists call named Zaiets and Davyd, special representatives of the DPR Ministry of State Security staff, were involved in torturing me. I felt that those brutes suffered from psychological disorders, since they were pleased when captives felt pain and were crying when tortured…”

26. Andrii B. (serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…In May 2015, I was sent on a mission from ATO zone to Poltava oblast in order to detect faults in the military equipment our military unit had to receive. On our route we happened to encounter the checkpoint “Elenovka”, which was held by terrorists of the illegal armed units of the so-called “DPR”.

When I was held in captivity, a man who claimed to be the “DPR Ministry of State Security” lieutenant colonel named Roman Volodymyrovych talked to me five or six times. He didn’t take any interest in military-related issues, paying more attention to personal data. At our fourth meeting he suggested that I should cooperate with illegal armed group fighters in exchange for money and my release from captivity, intimidating to give me psychotropic drugs and to massacre my relatives. He was primarily concerned about information related to the military airfield in Chuhuiv. I turned down his offer point blank and was beaten brutally because of that. In my opinion this person is an employee of the RF FSB…”

27. Yevhen K. (a civilian, was held captive for 867 days)

“…I was detained in Donetsk by the armed men from among the so called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies” on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine. I was handcuffed, put a dark sack on my head and taken to an office block unknown to me. I was repeatedly subjected to means of physical and psychological pressure: I was beaten, abused, threatened with murder and grievous bodily harm. What is more, they

threatened to detain my wife “on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine” if I failed to cooperate with investigative bodies. By means of intimidation I was forced to give evidence, which was recorded by technical means, that I am the so called “Ukraine’s secret services militant, who has undergone training in Yavoriv landfill military base”. The RF citizens personally involved in torture are employees of RF Federal Security Service in Kostroma “Mayor Aleksei” and “captain Krasavchik” (Rus.), who personally tortured me, using a shocker and smothering me with a plastic bag etc.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 16 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. People mentioned below were the members of the so-called “Military tribunal” (the surnames and initials are indicated in Russian): presiding judge – Odehova I. A.; judges – Strateichuk L. Z., Smelik S. G.; secretaries – Zhuk D. S., Smirnov A. V.; prosecutors – Alekseev A. M., Tsymmer V. A., Shailov R. R…”

28. Oleksandr N. (a civilian, was held captive for 925 days)

“…I was detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Novoazovsk of Donetsk oblast (the territory that is temporarily occupied by the RF). When in captivity I was addressed to by the RF Federal Security Service representative (he called himself “Ivan” and promised to improve the conditions of my illegal detention) who asked me to give an interview to the Russian mass media and tell them that “I had undergone special diversionary training in the camps on the territory of Ukraine, in Yavoriv training center in particular, and was instructed by foreigners”. I was interrogated in Donetsk by Stabrov, “the DPR Ministry of State Security major”. The interrogations lasted for 2, sometimes 12-13 hours. During interrogations they exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me (I was tortured and beaten regularly). In the course of such “measures” my witnessing was videotaped. Moreover, my relatives were threatened and blackmailed (they were told that in case of their refusal to come to Donetsk I would be killed or tortured to death). I’d like to admit, that while being held in prison of the DPR Ministry of State Security I witnessed a lot how they beat and employed tortures against a captured Ukrainian serviceman Yevhenii G.…”

29. Anatolii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 615 days)

“…In April of 2015 I was taken captive by the subversive reconnaissance group consisting of the LPR IAG militants (approximately 12-13 persons). I was hit on my head and lost my consciousness as a result of it.

Me and other captives were detained in wards situated in the basement of a multistoried house in the vicinity of the “commandant’s office of the IAG militants” (in the building of the former registry office of Luhansk). The guards wore the RF AF uniform. Almost at once they offered me to work for the “LPR IAF” and promised a “fair wage”. As I had refused, they started intimidating and torturing me. The following persons took part in torturing captives and prisoners (they were recognized in the photo): “colonel Yakubov”, the chief of Luhansk commandant’s office, “first lieutenant Savelieva, the pretrial investigator” and “captain Bielochka (a call name), who boasted of having been a sniper and having murdered Ukrainian warriors in person…”

30. Oleksii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… In April of 2016 when heading for the rotation in the ATO area we got off the course and drove out accidentally to the DPR IAF checkpoint; I was taken captive there.
On the same day we were bought to O. Zakharchenko’s garage. He talked to us in person and then he tore away my insignia. Next day we were conveyed to the DPR Ministry of State Security building (the former Donetsk SSU department, chief torture chamber of Russian terrorists); we were detained in its basement during two months. When in captivity I was beaten almost every day with rubber truncheons…”
31. Leonid S. (a civilian, was held captive for 509 days)

“… I was captured while I was trying to move from Debaltseve, Donetsk oblast, to the territory under Ukraine’s jurisdiction. So-called “offices of the DPR Ministry of State Security” beat me right on the place; they put a bag on my head, placed me in handcuffs and took me to the bus, punching me on the way. I was taken, as I realized later, to the former factory of insulation materials (5, Svitloho Shliakhu street, Donetsk). There, in the office building, there is a “private prison” with a torture ward in the basement; there is another ward with three plank beds placed one above the other and no toilet. On the walls there are surveillance cameras, besides, acoustic surveillance is provided. On the ground floor of the building, there are 11 wards for the detained persons. There is a special ward where straw men are placed to get information. Besides, I was interrogated at the

premises of the so-called Ministry of State Security (76, Shevchenka street, Donetsk). During the interrogations they used electric shocker, battered me, humiliated, attempted to rape, exerted moral and psychological pressure, threatened to torture my relatives.

“Courts-martial”, a “DPR Supreme Court”, accused me of “spying” in favour of “enemy state Ukraine”. During “the court investigation” I was offered “advocation” by Valerii Mykolaiovych Usenko. But as far as I know, Valerii Usenko cooperates with so-called “DPR law enforcement officers”, and they work together to extort money from the relatives of the “accused” in the course of the preliminary investigation before “the guilty verdict” is passed. The “investigator” who conducted “preliminary investigation” in the DPR Ministry of State Security was Vieklov Oleksii Yuriiovych, who tortured hostages together with the chief of the

“DPR Ministry of State Security local office in Debaltsevo” whose name is Dmytro (call name Khrest) and his accomplice Vitalii (call name Shved).

Other persons who conducted tortures of Ukrainian citizens at the factory of insulation materials and at the “correctional facility № 97” are: Serhii Pavlovych (“Palych”), Andrii (“Slipyi”), Yurii (“Tovstyi”); Vasyl Yevdokimov (“Lenin”, “the senior” in the private prison); V.V. Trubitsyn (chief of the pretrial detention centre, sub-colonel); Mark Kholin, Dmytro Niemtsov and Mail Ohly Niporan (all of them are “officers of the correctional facility № 97”).

All the above mentioned persons tried to beat out of me false confession that I was involved in spying. They forced me to fake evidence against myself. Thus, Dmyto (“Khrest”), the “DPR Ministry of State Security officer”, suggested that I should write a letter exactly as told by him. Notably, that I allegedly noted down the data about the dislocation of military equipment, as well as disposition and maneuvers of the illegal armed forces, and then transferred the data to the Security Service of Ukraine. After that, he appropriated my notebook containing the text which I wrote down. Later, when my car was being searched, they found that notebook, which became one of the evidence proving my guilt. In case I wrote that text, “Khrest’ promised that I would be immediately swapped, but if I refused, I would be tortured again.
In December, 2016, while they were recording me on the video in one of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” office rooms, I was offered to read out a pre-prepared text following a pre-arranged scenario. In particular, that I was a SSU undercover agent and transferred information about temporary occupied territories (disposition of the military equipment, armament and

illegal armed forces). Besides, I allegedly received letters with the enclosed photos of the SSU officers whom I, as they thought, worked with. Meanwhile, those letters had no enclosed photos of the SSU officers at all. I called for camera the names which were told to me in advance…”

32. Oleksandr O. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1059 days)

“…I was taken captive in February 2015. While moving in a car along Rostov highway towards Artemivsk we got under fire from terrorists’ ambush. I was wounded, got a shell shock and lost consciousness. When I came to myself I saw some men who had the insignia of the Armed forces of Ukraine – yellow ribbons on their sleeves. When I asked them what they were doing, why were they shooting at us, we were from Ukrainian army too, they said that they were the servicemen from RF. While in captivity I got to know military ranks and call names of Russian servicemen:

‒ “colonel” Gorelov Ihor Volodymyrovich, “Goga”, the curator of the “Commandant’s regiment commanding officer”:

‒ “Commandant regiment Chief of staff, lieutenant colonel, call name Kurgan”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Tahirov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on rear services support of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Karpov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on armament of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “the chief of the subsistence support service, major, call name Kolyvan”;

While in captivity I was regularly tortured, suffered from physical and psychological pressure; once I was even tortured before the eyes of the leader of Donetsk terrorists O. Zakharchenko, who then ordered to execute me – there was a mock execution with firing above the head…’

33. Valerii R. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… On the first day I was interrogated by the leader of pro-Russian terrorists O. Zakharchenko himself, and for the next four days – by an officer of RF Armed forces, who was in “balaclava”. I suffered physical and psychological pressure, was beaten during the interrogations. I was even suggested to kill my comrade in return for freedom. They tried to obtain information on the call names of our commanding officers, our location and number of personnel, and also on our weaponry. As a result of tortures I was forced to sign the protocol stating that I was an enemy artillery fire spotter for the Armed forces of Ukraine…”

34. Oleksandr I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 614 days)

“…After I was taken prisoner, they put a sack on my head, placed me in a car and brought to Debaltseve. I was kept in a basement of some building which I didn’t see because the windows were welded up. During interrogations conducted by the terrorists – members of the so-called “DPR State Security Ministry” they always resorted to strong-arm tactics. I didn’t see who battered me because there was a sack on my head, and I don’t remember how many times they battered me.
They made an attempt to recruit me. In Debaltsevo, a Major (I don’t know his name, he was wearing a balaclava helmet, was about 190 cm in height, physically fit, 30-40 years old) many times offered me to become an “MGB DPR” agent, and for that he promised to stop tortures and even to pay a big sum of money. In case I agreed, he planned to free me from detention as a “hero”. After that, I had to assist in capturing the commander of my squadron senior lieutenant T. I refused to do that…”

35. Mykola I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 776 days)

“…While being captive, I was regularly tortured and beaten in my head, legs, and back. They demanded that I say right to the camera that servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine were involved in the crimes against the people of the Donbass. A former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine Zhuravko O.V. was personally filming that, and he gave me the text which he had written. To his opinion, I was reading the text in a temperate manner, so he ordered to punch me in the face several times, which was done by the members of the so-called “MGB DPR”…

36. Yevhen Ch. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1047 days)

“…In February 2015, while I was fulfilling a combat mission to support infantry squads of the Armed forces of Ukraine, I was taken prisoner by a group of Russian militants – members of illegal armed groups.

During interrogations in the so-called “MGB DPR” they knocked my teeth out, and this was done in the presence of the “DPR Defense Minister” Kononov. By resorting to physical abuse and threats (they threatened to kill my mother and to rape my sister), they made me give a fake interview and say that I refused from prisoner exchange and wished to stay in the “DPR”. Two officers of the Russian Federation secret services (they spoke with a strongly marked “Moscow” accent) participated in the tortures…”

37. Oleksandr L. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1083 days)

In February 2015 we fell into the ambush near the village Logvinovo of Donetsk region. The road was blocked with the ammunition boxes, the anti-tank mines were planting around them so it was impossible to turn back the car and go in the opposite direction. When the car stopped they began firing. My right hand finger was wounded with shrapnel and I got a bullet wound in my right hand. Having left the car, I crawled away as far as possible. They stopped firing. Someone struck on my helmet and said: “Don’t move or you’ll be shot down”.
We were motionless when the militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR confiscated our arms, documents, helmets, bullet-proof vests and cut off our insignia

They gave me order to get the killed serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine out of the overturned KAMAZ that was under bombardment, put him into the shell-hole and lie down with him to be shot. The terrorists fired the machine guns over head and had a laugh. Approximately half an hour later car URAL arrived to take us. When we were approaching the car, one old man came to us. The militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR exclaimed:” Grandpa, they are those Yanks who fired at you”. This old man took a stick that looked like a spade handle and started hitting my head with it until it broke. While I was climbing the lorry they struck blows on my back and my legs with a gun butt. In the car I was lying on the floor.

We arrived into one village where they moved us into the luggage boot of another car and put us in fetters. They brought us to Maiskaia street where the Nova Poshta former branch office once was situated and now it was occupied by the unit of Russian terrorists of Don Cossacks. They beat and interrogated us. When a man in charge of the illegal armed unit under the call name OPER arrived, they already knew that one of the Ukrainian serviceman had been decorated with the order of Bohdan Khmelnitskyi Third Class. He and some other wounded soldiers were shot by OPER’s order.
I was interrogated by OPER in 10 persons’ presence. Then they forced us to grant interview to Live News. The journalists of this channel gave us text which stated that units of the Armed forces of Ukraine were not activated, that special blocking teams opened fire targeting those soldiers who were going to retreat. After our conversation with the journalists we were imprisoned in the basement of the unknown building where the militants from the illegal armed unit of the DPR call named Cheka, Shchuka, Milioner, Tesak and commandant Botsman used to beat and humiliate us…”

38. Mykola N. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 647 days)

“…I was taken captive in March 2015. That day I was buying some milk from a local resident of Zaitsevo settlement in Donetsk region who lived near our fighting position. I tasted milk before buying and then lost consciousness. When I regained consciousness I could not understand where I was and saw an armed person beside me. I took him for a friendly person. When we came in the building and started talking I realized that I was in captivity of the terrorists. They beat me and put into the car and brought as I suppose to Horlivka. There they again beat me and interrogated. The same day they brought me to Donetsk and put into the building of the former regional department of SBU where they were keeping me for a month. After my arriving there they interrogated and beat me. In the course of interrogation the terrorists tried to get information about the location of our artillery and equipment. On the third day of my captivity in the building of the former regional department of SBU in Donetsk they took me to the interrogation where they gave me the text of an interview and made me read it on video camera. Hudiakov Yevhen, the senior lieutenant was the person who with extreme cruelty tortured me and other Ukrainian captives”…

39. Taras G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 279 days)

“…I was taken captive when conducting combat operations – reconnaissance and determination of the hostile fire units’ location. However the adversary started shelling our group. As I had disoriented myself afield, I fell down into the entrenchment with two terrorists inside it (they were Don Cossacks). When I was trying to use my personal weapon, the third terrorist, who had approached me from behind, hit me at my back. They took away my machine gun, tied my hands and brought me to their APC-60 that carried us to Kalynove settlement. When they detained me and were transporting me to the place of destination they were constantly beating me with their upper and lower limbs and a knife handle. In Kalynove settlement I was interrogated by “the chief of the 6th motor rifle unit” call named “Poltinnik”. He wanted to get to know the information concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian AF units, artillery, provisions supply battalions, weapons and equipment.

In the course of interrogations and “by his order”, his subordinates (Don Cossacks) were beating me. Then I was taken to the “military commandant’s office” (located in 40, Gastello str., Artemivk district of Luhansk). I was brought into a one-place room there situated in the basement. On the same day I was taken for interrogations by 9 “persons”, 6

of them were “guards”, three others conducted interrogations. They were hiding their faces and called themselves “russkiie (Russians)”. When interrogated, I understood they were from “Kupol (dome) or K unit”. Some of them had a sleeve insignia that looked like a split church dome against the black colored background with no inscriptions. “Kupols” interrogated me twice or thrice a day exerting physical pressure upon me, using an electric shocker, applying electric current from the “TA -57” telephone set and beat me with rubber truncheons. They did these things with the aim to make me confess to my having been involved in favoring the activities of secret services of Ukraine, the SSU in particular. They abused and tortured me when I refused to learn or say aloud the text that had been given to me during another interrogation while they were taping videos for the occupational Mass Media.

While carrying out household activities (cleaning premises etc.), I got an opportunity to learn the list of IAF representatives who served in the “military commandant’s office” in 40, Gastello str., Artemivsk district of Luhansk (their leave and duty rosters etc.) and were involved in torturing Ukrainian captives:

— “commandant, lieutenant colonel” Zhyronkin Leonid Oleksandrovych (according to other IAF members, a former SSU employee);

— “chief of staff, major” Navrotsky Viacheslav Ivanovych;
— “deputy commander for morale & welfare, lieutenant” Kyryliuk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (has got a coloured tattoo of a scorpi on his right shoulder);

— “lieutenant” Akhmetshyn Oleksandr Yuriiovych;
— “lieutenant” Koshelenko Serhii Romanovych (“Kosheliok”);

— “warrant officer” Bazalii Hennadii Serhiiovych (“Baza”), who took part in “combat actions” with call name “Malysh” (approximately in 2015);

— “chief of military detention, senior warrant officer” Protas Andrii Serhiiovych, who took part in “combat actions” of 2014, then served as a “personal guard’ of Plotnytsky;

— “chief of the department of crime prevention, senior lieutenant” Sorokina Liubov Semenivna;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Grachova Yuliia Yevheniivna. Her husband’s father was “the LPR military commandant, colonel” Grachov;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Leonov Serhii Hryhorovych;

— “senior lieutenant” Turkin Hennadii Mykolaiovych (“Afgan”), was

transferred to “the 2nd RF AF AC staff” presumably to the “department of morale and welfare”;

— “in charge of armament, deputy commandant, colonel” Synelnyk Volodymyr Vasyliovych (is over weight);

— “captain, assistant commandant for support (since September of 2017) ”Honcharov Yevhen Valentynovych (has got a mustache), in December of 2017 he was shifted to the “commandant’s office” of Zhovtnevyi district in Luhansk;

— “lieutenant” Bublyk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (or Mykolaiovych);

— “senior lieutenant, chief of the commandant’s platoon, assistant commandant for support (since December of 2017)” Kalinin Vitalii Vasyliovych;

— “soldier ”Bozhenko Oleksii Hennadiiovych (is overweight);
— “soldier” Kravtsov Andrii Yuriiovych, has got a tattoo of a canopy on his shoulder typical of paratroopers and a tattoo with “Za VDV (For air borne forces)” inscription on his little finger;

— “senior soldier (probably, sergeant)” Handzii Serhii;
— “lieutenant (probably, senior lieutenant), chief of staff deputy” Korotukhin Oleksii (Artem)…

40. Volodymyr G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 739 days)

“…Immediately after being taken captive my uniform, military card and belongings were taken way, I was left just in my underclothes. In some a minivan arrived at the checkpoint and in 15-20 minutes I was taken to the basement of an unknown building. There I was tortured and threatened of being killed. Tortures went on for the whole night. In the morning, with a plastic bag on my head, I was transferred to the premises of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters”(commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname Kotov (according to militants).

In half a year all the captives, who were at the “commandant’s headquarters” (34 men) were transferred to prison in Makiivka – (western correctional facility), in which we stayed until released from captivity. In September 2017, about a year and a half after I was taken captive, the detention center was visited by the representatives of the so-called “investigative department of DPR General Prosecutor’s office”. They charged me with “collaboration with terrorists”. I denied “the charges”, and that was included into the “transcript of interrogation”.

While I was in captivity I suffered grievous bodily harm: my two left ribs were broken, I had a left ear contusion as a result of beatings and after a shot was made close to the left side of my head…”

41. Oleksandr T. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 702 days)

“After taken captive I was transferred to the township of Mykolaivka and handed over to the representatives of Russian armed terrorist group “3rd battalion of Slavic brigade” – to the “colonel with a call-name “Starshina” and to his aid with a call-name “Mal’ok”. I was immediately hit into the face with a submachine gun butt, then I was kicked, beaten with rubber truncheons and I was unable to cover myself as I was handcuffed. I lost consciousness of pain and came to myself in Donetsk. I was imprisoned in “military unit 08816” (Donetsk, Molodizhna street). In Donetsk I was interrogated by an employee of FSB of RF and by employees of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”. Interrogations were conducted according to one scenario – at first they forced to confess of crimes against civilians and then they beat me cruelly – my rib was broken and I had my teeth knocked out…”

42. Mykola H. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1051 days)

“…I was illegally kept imprisoned in the prison of Russian terrorists “correctional facility #97” in Makiivka, Donetsk oblast. All this time they either forced me to sign the “confession of crimes against Donetsk people” or suggested joining the militants of illegal armed groups. They didn’t hide the fact that though the salary of militants was not high, they could loot the locals, suspected of having sympathy towards Ukraine, without being punished. I suffered from physical and psychological tortures. I was regularly tortured by Shapovalov A.A. – “deputy head of imprisonment sector”, call-name “Nimets” (I recognize him in picture #67)…

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES of UKRAINE

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE ORDLO TERRITORIES, ON THE MILITARY AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AGAINST UKRAINE, INHUMAN DETENTION CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL ABUSE, TORTURE AND MORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HUMILIATION

1. Oleksandr D. (civilian, was held captive for 905 days)

“… At the end of 2015 I was taken prisoner by pro-Russian militiamen for an attempted “illegal crossing of the border” between Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk Oblast, near Heorhiivka. I was brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department on Bauman street. I was photographed, and my interrogation was captured on video. The interrogation was conducted by a representative of the so-called “Counterintelligence Department of the DPR State Security Ministry (MGB DPR)” (I recognize him on photo #140), and the “head of the Military Counterintelligence Department”, call- name “David”, who was personally in charge of interrogations and beatings of the hostages (I recognize him on photo #167). Besides, on photo #79 I have identified a pro-Russian militiaman, an “armed escort member” who guarded the hostages kept in the fuel and lubricant warehouse. In six months, I was transferred to the basement of Donetsk Regional State Administration building. During two months I was held captive in some office room, and three months later I was transferred to the prison camp #97 in Makiivka.

While being illegally held captive, I was beaten severely and deprived of food many times. They organized mock executions, firing weapons at me. The “commanding officer of the DPR separate commandant’s regiment” V. Anosov and his wife “major” Anosova were particularly cruel – they regularly tortured the hostages and captive servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and abused their dignity…”

2-3. Artem A. and Vladyslav O. (civilians, were held captive for 444 days)

“…We were taken prisoners by the so-called “officers of the MGB DPR” in the Teatralna Square in October 2016, in full view of dozens of people, and were brought to the building of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department (79 Radianska Str., Luhansk). The terrorists accused us of having been in contact with servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and with volunteers from “Asov Battalion”, to whom we communicated

information on the disposition of units the Russian Federation regular troops on the temporarily occupied territories in Luhansk Oblast. Besides, they found a video of burning a flag of the so-called “LPR” in Vladyslav’s telephone.

Starting with the first interrogation, which lasted from 12:00 to 22:00, we were both beaten and underwent psychological pressure (threats, humiliations). Physical abuse (beatings, electric shocks, suffocation using plastic bags) and threats to cut off limbs, fingers in particular, are a key tool in the activities of the so-called “MGB LPR”, and each of us experienced them.

Later we were convicted of “treason through conniving [with the enemy]” and “desecration of the state symbols of the LPR”.

The fake trial was organized personally by the following supporters of terrorists: the “LPR Military Tribunal judge” Lunha A.H., the clerk of the court Dokukina L.I., Deputy Head of the Department of Prosecutor-General’s Office of LPR Kozlov M.V.”.

Among those who personally tortured Ukrainian hostages, and were involved in our illegal detention, are the ones whom we recognize in the photos: Rohovenko S. (call-name “Tunhuz”, a former law- enforcement officer, currently an “officer of the MGB LPR”); Kovaliov L., a “Major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Borets”; Denys, call-name ”John”, an “officer of the MGB LPR”, graduated from Luhansk National Agrarian University; “major of justice” Manuilova Yu., a “forensic specialist of the MGB LPR Investigative Department”, a former officer of the Investigative Branch of Luhansk Regional Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine”; “colonel of justice” Petrenko B., currently “head of the MGB LPR Investigative Arm”, a former officer of the SSU Luhansk Regional Department; “major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Frol”, who tortured the hostages with obsessive cruelty. Besides, the “officer of the MGB LPR” Denys, call-name ”John” (I would guess he is 25 years old, 180 -185 cm in height, fair-haired, has a tattoo “За ВДВ” on his left hand) repeatedly persuaded us to commit a terrorist act on the territory of Ukraine in exchange for a possibility to return to Luhansk…”

4. Valerii R. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 890 days)

“…At the beginning of April 2016, when the convoy was moving to the place of rotation, we were ambushed; as a result of it our car (the last in the convoy) was damaged by the anti -armor grenade launcher and seized by Russian terrorists. I was taken to the occupied territory by the militants and brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department

situated in Bauman street. At once I was accused of having conducted terrorist activities on the territory of Donetsk oblast. In the course of interrogations which were held 2-3 times a week I coerced psychological pressure (they beat me with legs and a rubber stick; they applied a current from my old mobile phone), they promised to cut off my arms. The staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security took away my mobile phone; they presumably called my brother from it and informed him of my having deserted to terrorists. Moreover, they called my niece and threatened her with physical violence. The terrorists employed tortures against a captured serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine call named “R” by means of filing his teeth; they stabbed both legs of a Ukraine’s AF serviceman call named “H”.

For three months I had been held in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department and then I was taken to the prison settlement #97 in Makiivka. In October 2017, I was attended by the DPR Ministry of State Security investigators who accused me of “having aided terrorists and adjusted fire” and “promised” to imprison me for 20-30 years…”.

5. Oleksandr F. (a civilian, was held captive for 723 days)

“… I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Makiivka of Donetsk Oblast. They found symbols of Ukraine and the EU in the course of a search that resulted in my being captured. Soon afterwards I was brought to the room #302 in the building of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security (Donetsk, Shevchenko str., 26), where I was interrogated for the first time and coerced beatings and intimidation. I was interrogated by the following “special investigative agents”: Horbokon (call named “Niemets”), Biloborodko (call named “Monomakh”) and Yefimovych who demanded that I should confirm my membership in Ukrainian patriotic organizations. I was held captive by the DPR Ministry of State Security bodies for three months; first I was held in a non-heated lock- up garage (though it was winter), then I was brought to the former archives office that had been turned into a torture chamber by terrorists. The guards and the staff of the DPR Ministry of State Security abused hostages all the time (beat them with their hands, legs and rubber cues). Trubitsyn, “the chief” of the pre -trial detention center, and Kholin, “a criminal investigative agent”, turned to be the cruelest.

In August 2016, I was convicted by Donetsk inter -regional court in Makiivka, then by the DPR court martial. I remember the representatives of prosecution involved in fraud for obtaining judgment: Kilkieev and Orlova, investigators, Maksymova, a judge in Makiivka, Strateichuk and Odegov, court martial judges, Serhieev and Maksymov, the prosecutors. Mykyta

Kiosev (the head of “Moloda Respublika (Young Republic)” terrorist civil organization) and Hryhorii Zinovyk (a functionary of the students’ trade-union committee), considered informants and provocateurs, as well as the above mentioned “criminal investigative agents of the DPR Ministry of State Security” acted as witnesses.

I served my “sentence” in the penitentiary #27 (Horlivka, Nemyrovych-Danchenko str.). I was tortured there personally by Oleksandr Liashenko, “the head of penitentiary”, his relative and “the deputy head” at the same time Dmytro Liashenko and Dmytro Verych, a “criminal investigative agent”. Just before the hostage handover, on December 25, 2017 in particular, the Liashenkos, being drunken sadists, beat and abused me from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m.…”.

6. Oleksandr A. (a civilian, was held captive for 848 days)

“… I was taken hostage by the representatives of the armed Russian-terrorist group “Sparta” and the so-called “military police officers” who accused me of “treason against DPR”. For some time, I was held in a basement, where I was interrogated five times. Each interrogation had lasted on average for about two or three hours. At the same time, I was subjected to physical abuse – I was beaten with hands, legs, rubber truncheons and a butt of an assault rifle. As a result of a torture, I was left disabled. One of the interrogations was filmed by a “blogger” Zhurabka for the Russian agitation visual. Later, I and other hostages were attended by representatives of Russian TV channels “NTV” and “Russia 24” who interviewed prisoners and filmed the conditions of their compulsory detention. At the same time, “journalists” instructed the hostages to give them the correct answers.

The main torture chamber of the “DPR” was located in the premises of the former archive of the Donetsk SSU Department, which was captured by terrorists in 2014. The hostages were placed on the racks for paper; there was no lavatory, linen and running water. Only in two years’ time terrorists finally legalized my detention: by the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the DPR “a preventive measure in the form of keeping in custody was taken against me”. At the same time, I was banned from legal counsel and they refused to grant me visiting permits.

Among the terrorists in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages. One of them is the head of the 3rd DPR Intelligence Department with a call-name Zaiats (he personally conducted interrogations in the presence of two officers of the RF secret services, who asked questions concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of anti-terrorist operation, the number of personnel and military machinery); another one is Artem, Zaiats’s subordinate, a former employee

of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, who previously served in one of Donetsk regional police departments (he is mercantile and interested in personal enrichment); the third one is Zombi (he used to be a dog handler in Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs special police force “Berkut”)…

7. Denys B. (a civilian, was held captive for 390 days)

“… At the exit of my house, I was knocked down, put a sack on my head and handcuffed. I was also charged with “betrayal of my homeland and “Russkaia vesna” ideals” as well as espionage in favour of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the building of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” in Donetsk (26, Shevchenko St.) they tortured me and smothered me with a plastic bag until they got to know my Twitter account password. They threatened me with physical abuse – to cut off my limbs, to rape me, to execute me by shooting or bury me alive in a pit in a forest. I was also subjected to all sorts of humiliation and threatened to be put into a lime pit. All the torturers were wearing masks (balaklavas), but during the interrogation I heard one terrorist’s call-name – “Yakut”.

On the basis of evidence extracted from me under torture I was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the so- called “Supreme Court of DPR”. People, personally liable for my unlawful imprisonment and fabrication of my criminal case are: Yamanko, a crime scene investigator working for the “DPR Ministry of State Security”; “judges” Tokarenko, Strateichuk and Odehov; Idiatulin, DPR Ministry of State Security criminal investigator; and Bairachnyi, deputy Prosecutor General of DPR.

8. Roman S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 189 days)

“Our security checkpoint was attacked by a sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Russian occupational troops. There were 16 men there, all dressed in the uniform of the Russian Army. Three Ukrainian fighters were killed and I was taken captive during the fight. I was kept prisoner at the high security prison # 97 (Makiyivka, Donetsk oblast). I was frequently tortured during interrogations. Once I was interrogated by O. Zakharchenko in person. That was hardly an interrogation – swear words, shouting and intimidation of sexual assaults all the time; I think he was under drugs. After the interrogation Zakharchenko ordered his inferiors to kill me (it was a mock execution). I don’t know where exactly the interrogation took place because while in captivity I was always transported with a sack on my head”…

9. Serhii S. (civilian, was held captive for 448 days)

“…I was detained by the militants of illegal armed groups of the so called “LPR” in September 2016 while crossing the delimitation line. They accused

me of cooperation with the Armed forces of Ukraine. All the time I was kept in the basement of the former building of SSU regional department in Luhansk oblast. On the premises of that building there were stationed not only local militants but also the units of the RF Army, including officers of the Russian military intelligence (I saw them and heard their conversations). I was interrogated several times. All the interrogations were held with the use of physical violence, they tortured me using electric current, kicked me and humiliated. I was a witness to a murder of one of the captives – Andrij K. – by the “LPR” militants…

10. Ihor S. (a civilian, was held captive for 824 days)

“…I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city of Donetsk. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive. In two months’ time I got to know that I had been charged with espionage. For two years I had been held illegally in the “pretrial detention centre of the DPR Ministry of State Security” (located in Kobozev street, 4) . After the trial that looked like the one of Stalin’s epoch of the thirties, the previous century, I was imprisoned in the penitentiary #32 of Donetsk oblast. Shaipov, the so-called DPR deputy prosecutor, and Kilkeev, an investigator, were involved in framing up a criminal case against me.

The convoy from the DPR Ministry of State Security staff accompanied me to the interrogations. There were five representatives of the RF Federal Security Service (the group called “Hosti (guests)”) who conducted interrogations in the DPR Ministry of State Security building in Shevchenko boulevard. When interrogated I coerced physical and psychological pressure: they tortured me a lot and threatened both me and my family members…”

11. Halyna H. (civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…I worked in the local Municipal Polyclinic. In October 2016, the Chief Doctor called me into his office, where there were present two members of the “MGB DPR”. In their identity documents there were only photographs without any identification data. Further I learned that one man’s name was Vitalii, call-name “Shved” (“Swede”), and another man’s name was Dmytro.

They searched my workplace and visually inspected my mobile phone. They also searched my house and confiscated my computer equipment. I was charged with pro-Ukrainian views.

“Shved” and his colleague brought me to the “MGB DPR” (Tarasa Shevchenka Str., Donetsk). I was interrogated for about an hour by an “MGB DPR” investigator A. Lozinskyi. During interrogations I underwent a

polygraph test. The polygraphist – a Russian Federation citizen – asked me about my attitude toward Ukraine, and about my help to the Armed forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine. I was illegally detained on the premises of the “Izoliatsia” factory (4 Svietloho Puti Str.; a person named Denys Pavlovych, call-name “Pershyi’ (“First”), was in charge of that “MGB DPR base”); later I was transferred to the “MGB DPR” detention unit (Kobazeva Str., Donetsk).

We were kept in appalling conditions, there were no showers and lavatories; they would lock us in a so-called “jar” (tiny room), and in an isolation ward (a 1,5 by 2 m room equipped with video cameras) without windows, where blue color light was on 24 hours a day.

While being held captive I was tortured by electric shocks – they tied me to a metal table with an adhesive tape, put a sack on my head, and attached electrodes to my toes. They also resorted to psychological pressure. They threatened to take my husband to “MGB”. While I was in custody, I was involved in farm work on the premises of the factory – I tended for animals; I also had to tidy up the territory, and to unload vehicles.

In November 2017 I was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by the “DPR military tribunal”. I was provided with a lawyer, who regularly conducted negotiations with my children offering them to pay USD 1000 for my release from prison. Shortly before the court hearing, they replaced the lawyer with Sh.; she got USD 500 for members of the “MGB DPR” who allegedly put me in the exchange of captives’ list…”

12. Oleksii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 1091 days)

“… In December 2014 during my trip to Torez, Donetsk oblast, I was arrested at the checkpoint by persons, related to the so-called “Russian Cossacks”. I was accused of allegedly taking part in the revolutionary events that took place on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, and of allegedly being a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. None of the accusations is true.

For almost two months I had been kept in a street pit on the territory of the former Torez fire-fighting department and then I was transported to the basement of the former SSU building in Donetsk oblast (the base of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”). While in captivity, I was repeatedly interrogated by the representatives of the so-called “Public Prosecutor’s office” and “the DPR Ministry of State Security”: terrorists with the call-names “Ded”, “Iskander”, “Belaz”, “Yusik” (who have been recognized in the photo) . During interrogations, which lasted for about two hours, I was subjected to tortures and other means of physical pressure. I was tortured with an electric current and beaten with various wooden and iron objects. My sister received telephone threats from the representatives of the

DPR Ministry of State Security, who suggested her paying the ransom of 50 thousand dollars for my release…”

13. Anatolii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…While passing the so- called “grey zone” along Popasna-Pervomaisk highway on a bicycle, I was detained by the commander of the Russian terrorist battalion named after Platov (by the surname of Snohii) and his subordinates for allegedly carrying out reconnaissance activities. During my illegal captivity I was alternately kept at the headquarters of the illegal armed group named after Platov in Stahanov (the building of the Taxation office seized by terrorists), in “the LPR military police office” and in the pre-trial detention centre #3 of Krasnolutsk penitentiary #19.On trumped-up charges of “treason against LPR” I was sentenced to 13 years in prison (by Berestenko Yuliia, the judge of the LPR Ministry of State Security).

While in captivity, I was repeatedly subjected to battering, shooting imitations, abuse, intimidation, electric torture etc. They constantly threatened me to arrest my wife. In addition, when I was in “the LPR military police punishment cell”, I witnessed a captive, who was a Ukraine’s Armed Forces serviceman, being tortured: he was brought unconscious and was tortured for 24 hours…”

14. Hryhorii S. (civilian, was held captive for 391 days)

“In December 2016, when I was going home, some masked strangers knocked me down, put a sack on my head and brought me to the building of former of Donetsk militia department. There the so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” Harkovenko, Tymchak, Tserkovnikov and Tsukanov D.V., altogether with their chief Zaharov applied physical tortures (beatings and electrocution, threats of killing) and psychological pressure (threats to kill my relatives). During the interrogation the “LPR Ministry of Interior investigator” Hainutdynov forced me to sign prepared by him documents: a waiver of counsel, permit to conduct the search in my apartment and a surrender, in which I “confessed” of acts of sabotage on the territory of Donetsk (blowing up electricity supply networks, monument to Lenin and kiosks; preparations to blow up Donetsk TV tower and espionage for the benefit of Ukraine).
After that my “confessions” of aiding Ukrainian security services and my alleged acts of sabotage and blow-ups were filmed. I was taken to the forests where I had to show the hiding places with explosive materials. I was in advance instructed by the named above so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” on where and what to show and what to say in the video.

Personal responsibility for committed against me crimes is on the “employees of DPR General Prosecutor’s office” Klimenko, Kartseva and Lastovytska – in collusion with “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” they did acts aimed at my illegal detention in custody and non-disclosure of facts of tortures; the physician-in-chief of Donetsk regional Diagnostic Center Momot, who refused to issue documents to certify the traumas I got after being tortured by the “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior”; Khalabuzar – the chief of the detention center who destroyed the documents certifying my serious condition after interrogations by the “officers of the LPR Ministry of Interior”… .

15. Maxim I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 737 days)

“On capturing me the militants pierced my leg with a submachine gun ramrod and broke my right thumb. Though I was in pain, they took me to the basement of some building and continued to beat me (they fractured my skull, broke my ribs, knocked out my tooth and cut my chin badly.

Then I was moved to Donetsk, where I and my comrades-in-arms were beaten and imprisoned in the former building of the SSU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast at Shchorsa street. We were left without any food for 3 days.

The first interrogation was conducted by a man who told me that he was a serviceman of the RF Armed forces. Some days later he was joined by two more men. As it turned out then, both were from Rostov-on-Don, RF. These particular men were the cruelest at torturing Ukrainian captives.
I know that on December 29, 2015 a Ukrainian serviceman was killed – beaten to death – in the building where I was illegally kept…”

16. Volodymyr B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 711 days)

“… For the first six months I was held captive in the basement of former building of SBU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast, which was taken by militants, then I was at the so-called “DPR commandant’s office”. Since July 2016 I was illegally imprisoned in the cell of colony #97 at Makiivka. I will remember atrocity and cruelty I experienced there for all my life. I nearly lost my mind because of all the tortures, but psychological pressure was even more scaring than physical violence. Once the militants brought the picture of my children and forced me to give an interview for Russian TV channels “ОРТ”and “Live news”…”

17. Andrii H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“…The tortures lasted all night long, and in the morning they put plastic bags on our heads and took us to the premises of the former SSU

Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters” (military unit number 08816, commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname “Kotov” (according to militants). We were held in the basement in solitary cells, and in the cells near us there were militants detained for the breach of discipline.

While torturing us, an unknown person dressed in military uniform (I would guess he is about 30 years old), who called himself Hennadii, regularly offered to us to leave the Armed forces of Ukraine and to defect to the “DPR” militants’ side. I refused to do that. When we were in the commandant’s headquarters, unknown people in balaclava helmets interrogated us, and they recorded the process on video to show it to our relatives.

Later we were transferred to another cell in another wing of the basement in the above mentioned commandant’s headquarters building, where there were about 30 other captives from the Armed forces of Ukraine. In the cell there was a former serviceman of the volunteer Aidar Battalion named A. (about 40 years old, heavily-built, tattoos all over his body), who, according to my comrades, was a traitor, and he acted in propaganda videos to the benefit of the “DPR”, courtesy of O. Zhuravko, a former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine…”

18. Vasyl H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“… I was taken prisoner during the attack on the operating site of the Ukrainian troops by an illegal “DPR” secret subversive group. While we were in captivity, we regularly were threatened we would be killed, and during interrogations they resorted to strong arm tactics, beat us using different tools (truncheons, pliers, gas wrenches etc.)…”

19. Eduard N.(a civilian, was held captive for 401 days)

“…I was detained in Luhansk by the persons who introduced themselves as members of the staff of the DNR Ministry of State Security. During the interrogations they used methods of physical pressure (they struck my limbs with rubber batons and struck my head with books). They constantly threatened and insulted me. I was convicted by the LPR court martial for stirring up national hatred and high treason in the form of espionage for foreign country of Ukraine. They refused to give me a lawyer. There was a closed court session. Mrs. Polonskaia was the presiding judge. I know a person of the investigator, which is Mrs. Yulia Kostenko, I recognized her in the photo № 204…”

20. Viktor L.(a civilian, was held captive for 303 days)

“… I was detained by the collaborators of the pretended Ministry of State Security of the DPR on a charge of spying for Ukraine. Besides them there was a representative of FSB of the Russian Federation who escorted us while they were conveying me to Donetsk. He was driving a car with license plates of the Russian Federation.

I was put in irons, they put winter hat on my head, placed me in a car. From the words of escort persons I understood that they were carrying me to Budionovsk region of Donetsk. When we arrived, they took me into the building, did not put off my heat and put me to the wall with my legs apart. A person speaking with the Russian accent read out the following: “You should address your chief in the form like they are accustomed to address in prison, you’ll be fed twice a day and we’ll give you a piece of paper to write down your confession of being guilty. If you do not write it we’ll put one electric wire on your genitals (“the end”), put the second one in your rectum and put through the current…”

21. Yevhen S. (a civilian, was held captive for 855 days)

During my detention by the staff of the so-called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies”, I was handcuffed and put a dark sack on my head. The armed men took me to Komsomolske, Donetsk oblast, where I was held in the basement of the Kalmius hotel for 45 days. Every day I had been interrogated for about 6 hours, being subjected to physical and psychological abuse. In addition, following the torture, I was forced to sign a false confession admitting espionage in favour of Ukraine.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal” on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 12 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. I was also denied legal counsel.

Among people in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages: they are representatives of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” with the call-names “Alabai”, “Maior”, “Smerch”, “Machete”…”

22. Ivan T. (a civilian, was held captive for 932 days)

“… I was detained at a checkpoint during the inspection of my documents (the terrorists had a tablet with my photo and the information that I was allegedly a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine.) After my detention, I was taken to the building of the former Organized crime unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Donetsk, where I was kept for 8 days.

During interrogations, I was beaten, strangled, tortured with electric current and threatened with murder. I was tortured by “the head of intelligence department” Zakharov, the former officer of the special police force “Berkut” whose call-name was “Simba” and an investigator by the name of Ruslan. In September 2016 I witnessed the murder of a Ukrainian citizen Ch., who was tortured to death during interrogation. She was detained at the beginning of 2016 on suspicion of cooperation with the Supreme Court of Ukraine (the Armed forces of Ukraine) and was held in custody in the building of “guardhouse” (the former office of All-Ukrainian Union “Batkivshchyna” in Donetsk)…”

23. Mykhailo S. (a civilian, was held captive for 321 days)

“…I was detained in the so -called DPR district police department where I was invited as a supposed witness of a road traffic accident. After my being identified I understood that I had been detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security. I was handcuffed; they put a sack on my head made of dark cloth. Accompanied by three employees of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security I was delivered by Daewoo Lanos car to the third floor of an unknown building. The investigator proved that I had been detained for “having carried out espionage activities in Ukraine’s favor”. When interrogated I suffered physical (they battered my limbs) and psychological coercion (they intimidated me by execution, negative consequences for my relatives etc).
According to the “sentence” of the so- called DPR court-martial I was imprisoned for 10 years and had to serve my sentence in a correctional camp of strict regime. The court martial consisted of the following members (their names are decrypted from Russian): Tokarenko N. A. (chief justice), Strateichuk L. Z. (judge), Biriuchkov N. V. (secretary), Krotova I. V. (prosecutor). Besides, Yamanko V. F., “an investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security investigation branch”, was involved in framing up a criminal case against me”…

24. Oleksii K (a civilian, was held captive for 854 days)

“… In August of 2015 I was taken captive by the staff of the so -called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive at that time. Later on, after my detention, I was charged with espionage. I was interrogated by the RF Federal Security Service representatives (the group called “Hosti (guests)” that consisted of 5 persons) in the DPR Ministry of State Security located in Shevchenko boulevard. During interrogations the Russian secret service staff exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me; I was tested twice by means of a lie detector. Shaipov, “the military

prosecutor deputy” and Kilkeev, an “investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security”, were involved my being imprisoned, tortured, abused and convicted unlawfully…”

25. Ivan L. (a serviceman, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…On January 18, 2015, when conducting a combat operation near Spartak village of Donetsk oblast I had my tank damaged. Searching for possible way to withdraw I was injured and taken captive by the militants of “the Cossack union of the Great Don Army” unit (headed by a terrorist call named Batia). When in captivity I suffered from physical coercion a lot; they tried to get to know information concerning call names of the unit command staff, its dislocation, the overall strength of the personnel and ammunition. The terrorists call named Zaiets and Davyd, special representatives of the DPR Ministry of State Security staff, were involved in torturing me. I felt that those brutes suffered from psychological disorders, since they were pleased when captives felt pain and were crying when tortured…”

26. Andrii B. (serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…In May 2015, I was sent on a mission from ATO zone to Poltava oblast in order to detect faults in the military equipment our military unit had to receive. On our route we happened to encounter the checkpoint “Elenovka”, which was held by terrorists of the illegal armed units of the so-called “DPR”.

When I was held in captivity, a man who claimed to be the “DPR Ministry of State Security” lieutenant colonel named Roman Volodymyrovych talked to me five or six times. He didn’t take any interest in military-related issues, paying more attention to personal data. At our fourth meeting he suggested that I should cooperate with illegal armed group fighters in exchange for money and my release from captivity, intimidating to give me psychotropic drugs and to massacre my relatives. He was primarily concerned about information related to the military airfield in Chuhuiv. I turned down his offer point blank and was beaten brutally because of that. In my opinion this person is an employee of the RF FSB…”

27. Yevhen K. (a civilian, was held captive for 867 days)

“…I was detained in Donetsk by the armed men from among the so called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies” on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine. I was handcuffed, put a dark sack on my head and taken to an office block unknown to me. I was repeatedly subjected to means of physical and psychological pressure: I was beaten, abused, threatened with murder and grievous bodily harm. What is more, they

threatened to detain my wife “on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine” if I failed to cooperate with investigative bodies. By means of intimidation I was forced to give evidence, which was recorded by technical means, that I am the so called “Ukraine’s secret services militant, who has undergone training in Yavoriv landfill military base”. The RF citizens personally involved in torture are employees of RF Federal Security Service in Kostroma “Mayor Aleksei” and “captain Krasavchik” (Rus.), who personally tortured me, using a shocker and smothering me with a plastic bag etc.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 16 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. People mentioned below were the members of the so-called “Military tribunal” (the surnames and initials are indicated in Russian): presiding judge – Odehova I. A.; judges – Strateichuk L. Z., Smelik S. G.; secretaries – Zhuk D. S., Smirnov A. V.; prosecutors – Alekseev A. M., Tsymmer V. A., Shailov R. R…”

28. Oleksandr N. (a civilian, was held captive for 925 days)

“…I was detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Novoazovsk of Donetsk oblast (the territory that is temporarily occupied by the RF). When in captivity I was addressed to by the RF Federal Security Service representative (he called himself “Ivan” and promised to improve the conditions of my illegal detention) who asked me to give an interview to the Russian mass media and tell them that “I had undergone special diversionary training in the camps on the territory of Ukraine, in Yavoriv training center in particular, and was instructed by foreigners”. I was interrogated in Donetsk by Stabrov, “the DPR Ministry of State Security major”. The interrogations lasted for 2, sometimes 12-13 hours. During interrogations they exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me (I was tortured and beaten regularly). In the course of such “measures” my witnessing was videotaped. Moreover, my relatives were threatened and blackmailed (they were told that in case of their refusal to come to Donetsk I would be killed or tortured to death). I’d like to admit, that while being held in prison of the DPR Ministry of State Security I witnessed a lot how they beat and employed tortures against a captured Ukrainian serviceman Yevhenii G.…”

29. Anatolii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 615 days)

“…In April of 2015 I was taken captive by the subversive reconnaissance group consisting of the LPR IAG militants (approximately 12-13 persons). I was hit on my head and lost my consciousness as a result of it.

Me and other captives were detained in wards situated in the basement of a multistoried house in the vicinity of the “commandant’s office of the IAG militants” (in the building of the former registry office of Luhansk). The guards wore the RF AF uniform. Almost at once they offered me to work for the “LPR IAF” and promised a “fair wage”. As I had refused, they started intimidating and torturing me. The following persons took part in torturing captives and prisoners (they were recognized in the photo): “colonel Yakubov”, the chief of Luhansk commandant’s office, “first lieutenant Savelieva, the pretrial investigator” and “captain Bielochka (a call name), who boasted of having been a sniper and having murdered Ukrainian warriors in person…”

30. Oleksii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… In April of 2016 when heading for the rotation in the ATO area we got off the course and drove out accidentally to the DPR IAF checkpoint; I was taken captive there.
On the same day we were bought to O. Zakharchenko’s garage. He talked to us in person and then he tore away my insignia. Next day we were conveyed to the DPR Ministry of State Security building (the former Donetsk SSU department, chief torture chamber of Russian terrorists); we were detained in its basement during two months. When in captivity I was beaten almost every day with rubber truncheons…”
31. Leonid S. (a civilian, was held captive for 509 days)

“… I was captured while I was trying to move from Debaltseve, Donetsk oblast, to the territory under Ukraine’s jurisdiction. So-called “offices of the DPR Ministry of State Security” beat me right on the place; they put a bag on my head, placed me in handcuffs and took me to the bus, punching me on the way. I was taken, as I realized later, to the former factory of insulation materials (5, Svitloho Shliakhu street, Donetsk). There, in the office building, there is a “private prison” with a torture ward in the basement; there is another ward with three plank beds placed one above the other and no toilet. On the walls there are surveillance cameras, besides, acoustic surveillance is provided. On the ground floor of the building, there are 11 wards for the detained persons. There is a special ward where straw men are placed to get information. Besides, I was interrogated at the

premises of the so-called Ministry of State Security (76, Shevchenka street, Donetsk). During the interrogations they used electric shocker, battered me, humiliated, attempted to rape, exerted moral and psychological pressure, threatened to torture my relatives.

“Courts-martial”, a “DPR Supreme Court”, accused me of “spying” in favour of “enemy state Ukraine”. During “the court investigation” I was offered “advocation” by Valerii Mykolaiovych Usenko. But as far as I know, Valerii Usenko cooperates with so-called “DPR law enforcement officers”, and they work together to extort money from the relatives of the “accused” in the course of the preliminary investigation before “the guilty verdict” is passed. The “investigator” who conducted “preliminary investigation” in the DPR Ministry of State Security was Vieklov Oleksii Yuriiovych, who tortured hostages together with the chief of the

“DPR Ministry of State Security local office in Debaltsevo” whose name is Dmytro (call name Khrest) and his accomplice Vitalii (call name Shved).

Other persons who conducted tortures of Ukrainian citizens at the factory of insulation materials and at the “correctional facility № 97” are: Serhii Pavlovych (“Palych”), Andrii (“Slipyi”), Yurii (“Tovstyi”); Vasyl Yevdokimov (“Lenin”, “the senior” in the private prison); V.V. Trubitsyn (chief of the pretrial detention centre, sub-colonel); Mark Kholin, Dmytro Niemtsov and Mail Ohly Niporan (all of them are “officers of the correctional facility № 97”).

All the above mentioned persons tried to beat out of me false confession that I was involved in spying. They forced me to fake evidence against myself. Thus, Dmyto (“Khrest”), the “DPR Ministry of State Security officer”, suggested that I should write a letter exactly as told by him. Notably, that I allegedly noted down the data about the dislocation of military equipment, as well as disposition and maneuvers of the illegal armed forces, and then transferred the data to the Security Service of Ukraine. After that, he appropriated my notebook containing the text which I wrote down. Later, when my car was being searched, they found that notebook, which became one of the evidence proving my guilt. In case I wrote that text, “Khrest’ promised that I would be immediately swapped, but if I refused, I would be tortured again.
In December, 2016, while they were recording me on the video in one of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” office rooms, I was offered to read out a pre-prepared text following a pre-arranged scenario. In particular, that I was a SSU undercover agent and transferred information about temporary occupied territories (disposition of the military equipment, armament and

illegal armed forces). Besides, I allegedly received letters with the enclosed photos of the SSU officers whom I, as they thought, worked with. Meanwhile, those letters had no enclosed photos of the SSU officers at all. I called for camera the names which were told to me in advance…”

32. Oleksandr O. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1059 days)

“…I was taken captive in February 2015. While moving in a car along Rostov highway towards Artemivsk we got under fire from terrorists’ ambush. I was wounded, got a shell shock and lost consciousness. When I came to myself I saw some men who had the insignia of the Armed forces of Ukraine – yellow ribbons on their sleeves. When I asked them what they were doing, why were they shooting at us, we were from Ukrainian army too, they said that they were the servicemen from RF. While in captivity I got to know military ranks and call names of Russian servicemen:

‒ “colonel” Gorelov Ihor Volodymyrovich, “Goga”, the curator of the “Commandant’s regiment commanding officer”:

‒ “Commandant regiment Chief of staff, lieutenant colonel, call name Kurgan”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Tahirov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on rear services support of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Karpov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on armament of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “the chief of the subsistence support service, major, call name Kolyvan”;

While in captivity I was regularly tortured, suffered from physical and psychological pressure; once I was even tortured before the eyes of the leader of Donetsk terrorists O. Zakharchenko, who then ordered to execute me – there was a mock execution with firing above the head…’

33. Valerii R. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… On the first day I was interrogated by the leader of pro-Russian terrorists O. Zakharchenko himself, and for the next four days – by an officer of RF Armed forces, who was in “balaclava”. I suffered physical and psychological pressure, was beaten during the interrogations. I was even suggested to kill my comrade in return for freedom. They tried to obtain information on the call names of our commanding officers, our location and number of personnel, and also on our weaponry. As a result of tortures I was forced to sign the protocol stating that I was an enemy artillery fire spotter for the Armed forces of Ukraine…”

34. Oleksandr I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 614 days)

“…After I was taken prisoner, they put a sack on my head, placed me in a car and brought to Debaltseve. I was kept in a basement of some building which I didn’t see because the windows were welded up. During interrogations conducted by the terrorists – members of the so-called “DPR State Security Ministry” they always resorted to strong-arm tactics. I didn’t see who battered me because there was a sack on my head, and I don’t remember how many times they battered me.
They made an attempt to recruit me. In Debaltsevo, a Major (I don’t know his name, he was wearing a balaclava helmet, was about 190 cm in height, physically fit, 30-40 years old) many times offered me to become an “MGB DPR” agent, and for that he promised to stop tortures and even to pay a big sum of money. In case I agreed, he planned to free me from detention as a “hero”. After that, I had to assist in capturing the commander of my squadron senior lieutenant T. I refused to do that…”

35. Mykola I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 776 days)

“…While being captive, I was regularly tortured and beaten in my head, legs, and back. They demanded that I say right to the camera that servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine were involved in the crimes against the people of the Donbass. A former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine Zhuravko O.V. was personally filming that, and he gave me the text which he had written. To his opinion, I was reading the text in a temperate manner, so he ordered to punch me in the face several times, which was done by the members of the so-called “MGB DPR”…

36. Yevhen Ch. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1047 days)

“…In February 2015, while I was fulfilling a combat mission to support infantry squads of the Armed forces of Ukraine, I was taken prisoner by a group of Russian militants – members of illegal armed groups.

During interrogations in the so-called “MGB DPR” they knocked my teeth out, and this was done in the presence of the “DPR Defense Minister” Kononov. By resorting to physical abuse and threats (they threatened to kill my mother and to rape my sister), they made me give a fake interview and say that I refused from prisoner exchange and wished to stay in the “DPR”. Two officers of the Russian Federation secret services (they spoke with a strongly marked “Moscow” accent) participated in the tortures…”

37. Oleksandr L. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1083 days)

In February 2015 we fell into the ambush near the village Logvinovo of Donetsk region. The road was blocked with the ammunition boxes, the anti-tank mines were planting around them so it was impossible to turn back the car and go in the opposite direction. When the car stopped they began firing. My right hand finger was wounded with shrapnel and I got a bullet wound in my right hand. Having left the car, I crawled away as far as possible. They stopped firing. Someone struck on my helmet and said: “Don’t move or you’ll be shot down”.
We were motionless when the militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR confiscated our arms, documents, helmets, bullet-proof vests and cut off our insignia

They gave me order to get the killed serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine out of the overturned KAMAZ that was under bombardment, put him into the shell-hole and lie down with him to be shot. The terrorists fired the machine guns over head and had a laugh. Approximately half an hour later car URAL arrived to take us. When we were approaching the car, one old man came to us. The militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR exclaimed:” Grandpa, they are those Yanks who fired at you”. This old man took a stick that looked like a spade handle and started hitting my head with it until it broke. While I was climbing the lorry they struck blows on my back and my legs with a gun butt. In the car I was lying on the floor.

We arrived into one village where they moved us into the luggage boot of another car and put us in fetters. They brought us to Maiskaia street where the Nova Poshta former branch office once was situated and now it was occupied by the unit of Russian terrorists of Don Cossacks. They beat and interrogated us. When a man in charge of the illegal armed unit under the call name OPER arrived, they already knew that one of the Ukrainian serviceman had been decorated with the order of Bohdan Khmelnitskyi Third Class. He and some other wounded soldiers were shot by OPER’s order.
I was interrogated by OPER in 10 persons’ presence. Then they forced us to grant interview to Live News. The journalists of this channel gave us text which stated that units of the Armed forces of Ukraine were not activated, that special blocking teams opened fire targeting those soldiers who were going to retreat. After our conversation with the journalists we were imprisoned in the basement of the unknown building where the militants from the illegal armed unit of the DPR call named Cheka, Shchuka, Milioner, Tesak and commandant Botsman used to beat and humiliate us…”

38. Mykola N. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 647 days)

“…I was taken captive in March 2015. That day I was buying some milk from a local resident of Zaitsevo settlement in Donetsk region who lived near our fighting position. I tasted milk before buying and then lost consciousness. When I regained consciousness I could not understand where I was and saw an armed person beside me. I took him for a friendly person. When we came in the building and started talking I realized that I was in captivity of the terrorists. They beat me and put into the car and brought as I suppose to Horlivka. There they again beat me and interrogated. The same day they brought me to Donetsk and put into the building of the former regional department of SBU where they were keeping me for a month. After my arriving there they interrogated and beat me. In the course of interrogation the terrorists tried to get information about the location of our artillery and equipment. On the third day of my captivity in the building of the former regional department of SBU in Donetsk they took me to the interrogation where they gave me the text of an interview and made me read it on video camera. Hudiakov Yevhen, the senior lieutenant was the person who with extreme cruelty tortured me and other Ukrainian captives”…

39. Taras G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 279 days)

“…I was taken captive when conducting combat operations – reconnaissance and determination of the hostile fire units’ location. However the adversary started shelling our group. As I had disoriented myself afield, I fell down into the entrenchment with two terrorists inside it (they were Don Cossacks). When I was trying to use my personal weapon, the third terrorist, who had approached me from behind, hit me at my back. They took away my machine gun, tied my hands and brought me to their APC-60 that carried us to Kalynove settlement. When they detained me and were transporting me to the place of destination they were constantly beating me with their upper and lower limbs and a knife handle. In Kalynove settlement I was interrogated by “the chief of the 6th motor rifle unit” call named “Poltinnik”. He wanted to get to know the information concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian AF units, artillery, provisions supply battalions, weapons and equipment.

In the course of interrogations and “by his order”, his subordinates (Don Cossacks) were beating me. Then I was taken to the “military commandant’s office” (located in 40, Gastello str., Artemivk district of Luhansk). I was brought into a one-place room there situated in the basement. On the same day I was taken for interrogations by 9 “persons”, 6

of them were “guards”, three others conducted interrogations. They were hiding their faces and called themselves “russkiie (Russians)”. When interrogated, I understood they were from “Kupol (dome) or K unit”. Some of them had a sleeve insignia that looked like a split church dome against the black colored background with no inscriptions. “Kupols” interrogated me twice or thrice a day exerting physical pressure upon me, using an electric shocker, applying electric current from the “TA -57” telephone set and beat me with rubber truncheons. They did these things with the aim to make me confess to my having been involved in favoring the activities of secret services of Ukraine, the SSU in particular. They abused and tortured me when I refused to learn or say aloud the text that had been given to me during another interrogation while they were taping videos for the occupational Mass Media.

While carrying out household activities (cleaning premises etc.), I got an opportunity to learn the list of IAF representatives who served in the “military commandant’s office” in 40, Gastello str., Artemivsk district of Luhansk (their leave and duty rosters etc.) and were involved in torturing Ukrainian captives:

— “commandant, lieutenant colonel” Zhyronkin Leonid Oleksandrovych (according to other IAF members, a former SSU employee);

— “chief of staff, major” Navrotsky Viacheslav Ivanovych;
— “deputy commander for morale & welfare, lieutenant” Kyryliuk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (has got a coloured tattoo of a scorpi on his right shoulder);

— “lieutenant” Akhmetshyn Oleksandr Yuriiovych;
— “lieutenant” Koshelenko Serhii Romanovych (“Kosheliok”);

— “warrant officer” Bazalii Hennadii Serhiiovych (“Baza”), who took part in “combat actions” with call name “Malysh” (approximately in 2015);

— “chief of military detention, senior warrant officer” Protas Andrii Serhiiovych, who took part in “combat actions” of 2014, then served as a “personal guard’ of Plotnytsky;

— “chief of the department of crime prevention, senior lieutenant” Sorokina Liubov Semenivna;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Grachova Yuliia Yevheniivna. Her husband’s father was “the LPR military commandant, colonel” Grachov;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Leonov Serhii Hryhorovych;

— “senior lieutenant” Turkin Hennadii Mykolaiovych (“Afgan”), was

transferred to “the 2nd RF AF AC staff” presumably to the “department of morale and welfare”;

— “in charge of armament, deputy commandant, colonel” Synelnyk Volodymyr Vasyliovych (is over weight);

— “captain, assistant commandant for support (since September of 2017) ”Honcharov Yevhen Valentynovych (has got a mustache), in December of 2017 he was shifted to the “commandant’s office” of Zhovtnevyi district in Luhansk;

— “lieutenant” Bublyk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (or Mykolaiovych);

— “senior lieutenant, chief of the commandant’s platoon, assistant commandant for support (since December of 2017)” Kalinin Vitalii Vasyliovych;

— “soldier ”Bozhenko Oleksii Hennadiiovych (is overweight);
— “soldier” Kravtsov Andrii Yuriiovych, has got a tattoo of a canopy on his shoulder typical of paratroopers and a tattoo with “Za VDV (For air borne forces)” inscription on his little finger;

— “senior soldier (probably, sergeant)” Handzii Serhii;
— “lieutenant (probably, senior lieutenant), chief of staff deputy” Korotukhin Oleksii (Artem)…

40. Volodymyr G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 739 days)

“…Immediately after being taken captive my uniform, military card and belongings were taken way, I was left just in my underclothes. In some a minivan arrived at the checkpoint and in 15-20 minutes I was taken to the basement of an unknown building. There I was tortured and threatened of being killed. Tortures went on for the whole night. In the morning, with a plastic bag on my head, I was transferred to the premises of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters”(commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname Kotov (according to militants).

In half a year all the captives, who were at the “commandant’s headquarters” (34 men) were transferred to prison in Makiivka – (western correctional facility), in which we stayed until released from captivity. In September 2017, about a year and a half after I was taken captive, the detention center was visited by the representatives of the so-called “investigative department of DPR General Prosecutor’s office”. They charged me with “collaboration with terrorists”. I denied “the charges”, and that was included into the “transcript of interrogation”.

While I was in captivity I suffered grievous bodily harm: my two left ribs were broken, I had a left ear contusion as a result of beatings and after a shot was made close to the left side of my head…”

41. Oleksandr T. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 702 days)

“After taken captive I was transferred to the township of Mykolaivka and handed over to the representatives of Russian armed terrorist group “3rd battalion of Slavic brigade” – to the “colonel with a call-name “Starshina” and to his aid with a call-name “Mal’ok”. I was immediately hit into the face with a submachine gun butt, then I was kicked, beaten with rubber truncheons and I was unable to cover myself as I was handcuffed. I lost consciousness of pain and came to myself in Donetsk. I was imprisoned in “military unit 08816” (Donetsk, Molodizhna street). In Donetsk I was interrogated by an employee of FSB of RF and by employees of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”. Interrogations were conducted according to one scenario – at first they forced to confess of crimes against civilians and then they beat me cruelly – my rib was broken and I had my teeth knocked out…”

42. Mykola H. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1051 days)

“…I was illegally kept imprisoned in the prison of Russian terrorists “correctional facility #97” in Makiivka, Donetsk oblast. All this time they either forced me to sign the “confession of crimes against Donetsk people” or suggested joining the militants of illegal armed groups. They didn’t hide the fact that though the salary of militants was not high, they could loot the locals, suspected of having sympathy towards Ukraine, without being punished. I suffered from physical and psychological tortures. I was regularly tortured by Shapovalov A.A. – “deputy head of imprisonment sector”, call-name “Nimets” (I recognize him in picture #67)…

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES of UKRAINE

BY MATERIALS of THE SECURITY SERVICE OF UKRAINE

EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE ORDLO TERRITORIES, ON THE MILITARY AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AGAINST UKRAINE, INHUMAN DETENTION CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL ABUSE, TORTURE AND MORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HUMILIATION

1. Oleksandr D. (civilian, was held captive for 905 days)

“… At the end of 2015 I was taken prisoner by pro-Russian militiamen for an attempted “illegal crossing of the border” between Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk Oblast, near Heorhiivka. I was brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department on Bauman street. I was photographed, and my interrogation was captured on video. The interrogation was conducted by a representative of the so-called “Counterintelligence Department of the DPR State Security Ministry (MGB DPR)” (I recognize him on photo #140), and the “head of the Military Counterintelligence Department”, call- name “David”, who was personally in charge of interrogations and beatings of the hostages (I recognize him on photo #167). Besides, on photo #79 I have identified a pro-Russian militiaman, an “armed escort member” who guarded the hostages kept in the fuel and lubricant warehouse. In six months, I was transferred to the basement of Donetsk Regional State Administration building. During two months I was held captive in some office room, and three months later I was transferred to the prison camp #97 in Makiivka.

While being illegally held captive, I was beaten severely and deprived of food many times. They organized mock executions, firing weapons at me. The “commanding officer of the DPR separate commandant’s regiment” V. Anosov and his wife “major” Anosova were particularly cruel – they regularly tortured the hostages and captive servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and abused their dignity…”

2-3. Artem A. and Vladyslav O. (civilians, were held captive for 444 days)

“…We were taken prisoners by the so-called “officers of the MGB DPR” in the Teatralna Square in October 2016, in full view of dozens of people, and were brought to the building of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department (79 Radianska Str., Luhansk). The terrorists accused us of having been in contact with servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and with volunteers from “Asov Battalion”, to whom we communicated

information on the disposition of units the Russian Federation regular troops on the temporarily occupied territories in Luhansk Oblast. Besides, they found a video of burning a flag of the so-called “LPR” in Vladyslav’s telephone.

Starting with the first interrogation, which lasted from 12:00 to 22:00, we were both beaten and underwent psychological pressure (threats, humiliations). Physical abuse (beatings, electric shocks, suffocation using plastic bags) and threats to cut off limbs, fingers in particular, are a key tool in the activities of the so-called “MGB LPR”, and each of us experienced them.

Later we were convicted of “treason through conniving [with the enemy]” and “desecration of the state symbols of the LPR”.

The fake trial was organized personally by the following supporters of terrorists: the “LPR Military Tribunal judge” Lunha A.H., the clerk of the court Dokukina L.I., Deputy Head of the Department of Prosecutor-General’s Office of LPR Kozlov M.V.”.

Among those who personally tortured Ukrainian hostages, and were involved in our illegal detention, are the ones whom we recognize in the photos: Rohovenko S. (call-name “Tunhuz”, a former law- enforcement officer, currently an “officer of the MGB LPR”); Kovaliov L., a “Major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Borets”; Denys, call-name ”John”, an “officer of the MGB LPR”, graduated from Luhansk National Agrarian University; “major of justice” Manuilova Yu., a “forensic specialist of the MGB LPR Investigative Department”, a former officer of the Investigative Branch of Luhansk Regional Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine”; “colonel of justice” Petrenko B., currently “head of the MGB LPR Investigative Arm”, a former officer of the SSU Luhansk Regional Department; “major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Frol”, who tortured the hostages with obsessive cruelty. Besides, the “officer of the MGB LPR” Denys, call-name ”John” (I would guess he is 25 years old, 180 -185 cm in height, fair-haired, has a tattoo “За ВДВ” on his left hand) repeatedly persuaded us to commit a terrorist act on the territory of Ukraine in exchange for a possibility to return to Luhansk…”

4. Valerii R. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 890 days)

“…At the beginning of April 2016, when the convoy was moving to the place of rotation, we were ambushed; as a result of it our car (the last in the convoy) was damaged by the anti -armor grenade launcher and seized by Russian terrorists. I was taken to the occupied territory by the militants and brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department

situated in Bauman street. At once I was accused of having conducted terrorist activities on the territory of Donetsk oblast. In the course of interrogations which were held 2-3 times a week I coerced psychological pressure (they beat me with legs and a rubber stick; they applied a current from my old mobile phone), they promised to cut off my arms. The staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security took away my mobile phone; they presumably called my brother from it and informed him of my having deserted to terrorists. Moreover, they called my niece and threatened her with physical violence. The terrorists employed tortures against a captured serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine call named “R” by means of filing his teeth; they stabbed both legs of a Ukraine’s AF serviceman call named “H”.

For three months I had been held in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department and then I was taken to the prison settlement #97 in Makiivka. In October 2017, I was attended by the DPR Ministry of State Security investigators who accused me of “having aided terrorists and adjusted fire” and “promised” to imprison me for 20-30 years…”.

5. Oleksandr F. (a civilian, was held captive for 723 days)

“… I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Makiivka of Donetsk Oblast. They found symbols of Ukraine and the EU in the course of a search that resulted in my being captured. Soon afterwards I was brought to the room #302 in the building of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security (Donetsk, Shevchenko str., 26), where I was interrogated for the first time and coerced beatings and intimidation. I was interrogated by the following “special investigative agents”: Horbokon (call named “Niemets”), Biloborodko (call named “Monomakh”) and Yefimovych who demanded that I should confirm my membership in Ukrainian patriotic organizations. I was held captive by the DPR Ministry of State Security bodies for three months; first I was held in a non-heated lock- up garage (though it was winter), then I was brought to the former archives office that had been turned into a torture chamber by terrorists. The guards and the staff of the DPR Ministry of State Security abused hostages all the time (beat them with their hands, legs and rubber cues). Trubitsyn, “the chief” of the pre -trial detention center, and Kholin, “a criminal investigative agent”, turned to be the cruelest.

In August 2016, I was convicted by Donetsk inter -regional court in Makiivka, then by the DPR court martial. I remember the representatives of prosecution involved in fraud for obtaining judgment: Kilkieev and Orlova, investigators, Maksymova, a judge in Makiivka, Strateichuk and Odegov, court martial judges, Serhieev and Maksymov, the prosecutors. Mykyta

Kiosev (the head of “Moloda Respublika (Young Republic)” terrorist civil organization) and Hryhorii Zinovyk (a functionary of the students’ trade-union committee), considered informants and provocateurs, as well as the above mentioned “criminal investigative agents of the DPR Ministry of State Security” acted as witnesses.

I served my “sentence” in the penitentiary #27 (Horlivka, Nemyrovych-Danchenko str.). I was tortured there personally by Oleksandr Liashenko, “the head of penitentiary”, his relative and “the deputy head” at the same time Dmytro Liashenko and Dmytro Verych, a “criminal investigative agent”. Just before the hostage handover, on December 25, 2017 in particular, the Liashenkos, being drunken sadists, beat and abused me from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m.…”.

6. Oleksandr A. (a civilian, was held captive for 848 days)

“… I was taken hostage by the representatives of the armed Russian-terrorist group “Sparta” and the so-called “military police officers” who accused me of “treason against DPR”. For some time, I was held in a basement, where I was interrogated five times. Each interrogation had lasted on average for about two or three hours. At the same time, I was subjected to physical abuse – I was beaten with hands, legs, rubber truncheons and a butt of an assault rifle. As a result of a torture, I was left disabled. One of the interrogations was filmed by a “blogger” Zhurabka for the Russian agitation visual. Later, I and other hostages were attended by representatives of Russian TV channels “NTV” and “Russia 24” who interviewed prisoners and filmed the conditions of their compulsory detention. At the same time, “journalists” instructed the hostages to give them the correct answers.

The main torture chamber of the “DPR” was located in the premises of the former archive of the Donetsk SSU Department, which was captured by terrorists in 2014. The hostages were placed on the racks for paper; there was no lavatory, linen and running water. Only in two years’ time terrorists finally legalized my detention: by the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the DPR “a preventive measure in the form of keeping in custody was taken against me”. At the same time, I was banned from legal counsel and they refused to grant me visiting permits.

Among the terrorists in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages. One of them is the head of the 3rd DPR Intelligence Department with a call-name Zaiats (he personally conducted interrogations in the presence of two officers of the RF secret services, who asked questions concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of anti-terrorist operation, the number of personnel and military machinery); another one is Artem, Zaiats’s subordinate, a former employee

of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, who previously served in one of Donetsk regional police departments (he is mercantile and interested in personal enrichment); the third one is Zombi (he used to be a dog handler in Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs special police force “Berkut”)…

7. Denys B. (a civilian, was held captive for 390 days)

“… At the exit of my house, I was knocked down, put a sack on my head and handcuffed. I was also charged with “betrayal of my homeland and “Russkaia vesna” ideals” as well as espionage in favour of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the building of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” in Donetsk (26, Shevchenko St.) they tortured me and smothered me with a plastic bag until they got to know my Twitter account password. They threatened me with physical abuse – to cut off my limbs, to rape me, to execute me by shooting or bury me alive in a pit in a forest. I was also subjected to all sorts of humiliation and threatened to be put into a lime pit. All the torturers were wearing masks (balaklavas), but during the interrogation I heard one terrorist’s call-name – “Yakut”.

On the basis of evidence extracted from me under torture I was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the so- called “Supreme Court of DPR”. People, personally liable for my unlawful imprisonment and fabrication of my criminal case are: Yamanko, a crime scene investigator working for the “DPR Ministry of State Security”; “judges” Tokarenko, Strateichuk and Odehov; Idiatulin, DPR Ministry of State Security criminal investigator; and Bairachnyi, deputy Prosecutor General of DPR.

8. Roman S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 189 days)

“Our security checkpoint was attacked by a sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Russian occupational troops. There were 16 men there, all dressed in the uniform of the Russian Army. Three Ukrainian fighters were killed and I was taken captive during the fight. I was kept prisoner at the high security prison # 97 (Makiyivka, Donetsk oblast). I was frequently tortured during interrogations. Once I was interrogated by O. Zakharchenko in person. That was hardly an interrogation – swear words, shouting and intimidation of sexual assaults all the time; I think he was under drugs. After the interrogation Zakharchenko ordered his inferiors to kill me (it was a mock execution). I don’t know where exactly the interrogation took place because while in captivity I was always transported with a sack on my head”…

9. Serhii S. (civilian, was held captive for 448 days)

“…I was detained by the militants of illegal armed groups of the so called “LPR” in September 2016 while crossing the delimitation line. They accused

me of cooperation with the Armed forces of Ukraine. All the time I was kept in the basement of the former building of SSU regional department in Luhansk oblast. On the premises of that building there were stationed not only local militants but also the units of the RF Army, including officers of the Russian military intelligence (I saw them and heard their conversations). I was interrogated several times. All the interrogations were held with the use of physical violence, they tortured me using electric current, kicked me and humiliated. I was a witness to a murder of one of the captives – Andrij K. – by the “LPR” militants…

10. Ihor S. (a civilian, was held captive for 824 days)

“…I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city of Donetsk. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive. In two months’ time I got to know that I had been charged with espionage. For two years I had been held illegally in the “pretrial detention centre of the DPR Ministry of State Security” (located in Kobozev street, 4) . After the trial that looked like the one of Stalin’s epoch of the thirties, the previous century, I was imprisoned in the penitentiary #32 of Donetsk oblast. Shaipov, the so-called DPR deputy prosecutor, and Kilkeev, an investigator, were involved in framing up a criminal case against me.

The convoy from the DPR Ministry of State Security staff accompanied me to the interrogations. There were five representatives of the RF Federal Security Service (the group called “Hosti (guests)”) who conducted interrogations in the DPR Ministry of State Security building in Shevchenko boulevard. When interrogated I coerced physical and psychological pressure: they tortured me a lot and threatened both me and my family members…”

11. Halyna H. (civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…I worked in the local Municipal Polyclinic. In October 2016, the Chief Doctor called me into his office, where there were present two members of the “MGB DPR”. In their identity documents there were only photographs without any identification data. Further I learned that one man’s name was Vitalii, call-name “Shved” (“Swede”), and another man’s name was Dmytro.

They searched my workplace and visually inspected my mobile phone. They also searched my house and confiscated my computer equipment. I was charged with pro-Ukrainian views.

“Shved” and his colleague brought me to the “MGB DPR” (Tarasa Shevchenka Str., Donetsk). I was interrogated for about an hour by an “MGB DPR” investigator A. Lozinskyi. During interrogations I underwent a

polygraph test. The polygraphist – a Russian Federation citizen – asked me about my attitude toward Ukraine, and about my help to the Armed forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine. I was illegally detained on the premises of the “Izoliatsia” factory (4 Svietloho Puti Str.; a person named Denys Pavlovych, call-name “Pershyi’ (“First”), was in charge of that “MGB DPR base”); later I was transferred to the “MGB DPR” detention unit (Kobazeva Str., Donetsk).

We were kept in appalling conditions, there were no showers and lavatories; they would lock us in a so-called “jar” (tiny room), and in an isolation ward (a 1,5 by 2 m room equipped with video cameras) without windows, where blue color light was on 24 hours a day.

While being held captive I was tortured by electric shocks – they tied me to a metal table with an adhesive tape, put a sack on my head, and attached electrodes to my toes. They also resorted to psychological pressure. They threatened to take my husband to “MGB”. While I was in custody, I was involved in farm work on the premises of the factory – I tended for animals; I also had to tidy up the territory, and to unload vehicles.

In November 2017 I was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by the “DPR military tribunal”. I was provided with a lawyer, who regularly conducted negotiations with my children offering them to pay USD 1000 for my release from prison. Shortly before the court hearing, they replaced the lawyer with Sh.; she got USD 500 for members of the “MGB DPR” who allegedly put me in the exchange of captives’ list…”

12. Oleksii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 1091 days)

“… In December 2014 during my trip to Torez, Donetsk oblast, I was arrested at the checkpoint by persons, related to the so-called “Russian Cossacks”. I was accused of allegedly taking part in the revolutionary events that took place on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, and of allegedly being a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. None of the accusations is true.

For almost two months I had been kept in a street pit on the territory of the former Torez fire-fighting department and then I was transported to the basement of the former SSU building in Donetsk oblast (the base of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”). While in captivity, I was repeatedly interrogated by the representatives of the so-called “Public Prosecutor’s office” and “the DPR Ministry of State Security”: terrorists with the call-names “Ded”, “Iskander”, “Belaz”, “Yusik” (who have been recognized in the photo) . During interrogations, which lasted for about two hours, I was subjected to tortures and other means of physical pressure. I was tortured with an electric current and beaten with various wooden and iron objects. My sister received telephone threats from the representatives of the

DPR Ministry of State Security, who suggested her paying the ransom of 50 thousand dollars for my release…”

13. Anatolii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…While passing the so- called “grey zone” along Popasna-Pervomaisk highway on a bicycle, I was detained by the commander of the Russian terrorist battalion named after Platov (by the surname of Snohii) and his subordinates for allegedly carrying out reconnaissance activities. During my illegal captivity I was alternately kept at the headquarters of the illegal armed group named after Platov in Stahanov (the building of the Taxation office seized by terrorists), in “the LPR military police office” and in the pre-trial detention centre #3 of Krasnolutsk penitentiary #19.On trumped-up charges of “treason against LPR” I was sentenced to 13 years in prison (by Berestenko Yuliia, the judge of the LPR Ministry of State Security).

While in captivity, I was repeatedly subjected to battering, shooting imitations, abuse, intimidation, electric torture etc. They constantly threatened me to arrest my wife. In addition, when I was in “the LPR military police punishment cell”, I witnessed a captive, who was a Ukraine’s Armed Forces serviceman, being tortured: he was brought unconscious and was tortured for 24 hours…”

14. Hryhorii S. (civilian, was held captive for 391 days)

“In December 2016, when I was going home, some masked strangers knocked me down, put a sack on my head and brought me to the building of former of Donetsk militia department. There the so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” Harkovenko, Tymchak, Tserkovnikov and Tsukanov D.V., altogether with their chief Zaharov applied physical tortures (beatings and electrocution, threats of killing) and psychological pressure (threats to kill my relatives). During the interrogation the “LPR Ministry of Interior investigator” Hainutdynov forced me to sign prepared by him documents: a waiver of counsel, permit to conduct the search in my apartment and a surrender, in which I “confessed” of acts of sabotage on the territory of Donetsk (blowing up electricity supply networks, monument to Lenin and kiosks; preparations to blow up Donetsk TV tower and espionage for the benefit of Ukraine).
After that my “confessions” of aiding Ukrainian security services and my alleged acts of sabotage and blow-ups were filmed. I was taken to the forests where I had to show the hiding places with explosive materials. I was in advance instructed by the named above so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” on where and what to show and what to say in the video.

Personal responsibility for committed against me crimes is on the “employees of DPR General Prosecutor’s office” Klimenko, Kartseva and Lastovytska – in collusion with “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” they did acts aimed at my illegal detention in custody and non-disclosure of facts of tortures; the physician-in-chief of Donetsk regional Diagnostic Center Momot, who refused to issue documents to certify the traumas I got after being tortured by the “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior”; Khalabuzar – the chief of the detention center who destroyed the documents certifying my serious condition after interrogations by the “officers of the LPR Ministry of Interior”… .

15. Maxim I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 737 days)

“On capturing me the militants pierced my leg with a submachine gun ramrod and broke my right thumb. Though I was in pain, they took me to the basement of some building and continued to beat me (they fractured my skull, broke my ribs, knocked out my tooth and cut my chin badly.

Then I was moved to Donetsk, where I and my comrades-in-arms were beaten and imprisoned in the former building of the SSU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast at Shchorsa street. We were left without any food for 3 days.

The first interrogation was conducted by a man who told me that he was a serviceman of the RF Armed forces. Some days later he was joined by two more men. As it turned out then, both were from Rostov-on-Don, RF. These particular men were the cruelest at torturing Ukrainian captives.
I know that on December 29, 2015 a Ukrainian serviceman was killed – beaten to death – in the building where I was illegally kept…”

16. Volodymyr B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 711 days)

“… For the first six months I was held captive in the basement of former building of SBU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast, which was taken by militants, then I was at the so-called “DPR commandant’s office”. Since July 2016 I was illegally imprisoned in the cell of colony #97 at Makiivka. I will remember atrocity and cruelty I experienced there for all my life. I nearly lost my mind because of all the tortures, but psychological pressure was even more scaring than physical violence. Once the militants brought the picture of my children and forced me to give an interview for Russian TV channels “ОРТ”and “Live news”…”

17. Andrii H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“…The tortures lasted all night long, and in the morning they put plastic bags on our heads and took us to the premises of the former SSU

Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters” (military unit number 08816, commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname “Kotov” (according to militants). We were held in the basement in solitary cells, and in the cells near us there were militants detained for the breach of discipline.

While torturing us, an unknown person dressed in military uniform (I would guess he is about 30 years old), who called himself Hennadii, regularly offered to us to leave the Armed forces of Ukraine and to defect to the “DPR” militants’ side. I refused to do that. When we were in the commandant’s headquarters, unknown people in balaclava helmets interrogated us, and they recorded the process on video to show it to our relatives.

Later we were transferred to another cell in another wing of the basement in the above mentioned commandant’s headquarters building, where there were about 30 other captives from the Armed forces of Ukraine. In the cell there was a former serviceman of the volunteer Aidar Battalion named A. (about 40 years old, heavily-built, tattoos all over his body), who, according to my comrades, was a traitor, and he acted in propaganda videos to the benefit of the “DPR”, courtesy of O. Zhuravko, a former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine…”

18. Vasyl H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“… I was taken prisoner during the attack on the operating site of the Ukrainian troops by an illegal “DPR” secret subversive group. While we were in captivity, we regularly were threatened we would be killed, and during interrogations they resorted to strong arm tactics, beat us using different tools (truncheons, pliers, gas wrenches etc.)…”

19. Eduard N.(a civilian, was held captive for 401 days)

“…I was detained in Luhansk by the persons who introduced themselves as members of the staff of the DNR Ministry of State Security. During the interrogations they used methods of physical pressure (they struck my limbs with rubber batons and struck my head with books). They constantly threatened and insulted me. I was convicted by the LPR court martial for stirring up national hatred and high treason in the form of espionage for foreign country of Ukraine. They refused to give me a lawyer. There was a closed court session. Mrs. Polonskaia was the presiding judge. I know a person of the investigator, which is Mrs. Yulia Kostenko, I recognized her in the photo № 204…”

20. Viktor L.(a civilian, was held captive for 303 days)

“… I was detained by the collaborators of the pretended Ministry of State Security of the DPR on a charge of spying for Ukraine. Besides them there was a representative of FSB of the Russian Federation who escorted us while they were conveying me to Donetsk. He was driving a car with license plates of the Russian Federation.

I was put in irons, they put winter hat on my head, placed me in a car. From the words of escort persons I understood that they were carrying me to Budionovsk region of Donetsk. When we arrived, they took me into the building, did not put off my heat and put me to the wall with my legs apart. A person speaking with the Russian accent read out the following: “You should address your chief in the form like they are accustomed to address in prison, you’ll be fed twice a day and we’ll give you a piece of paper to write down your confession of being guilty. If you do not write it we’ll put one electric wire on your genitals (“the end”), put the second one in your rectum and put through the current…”

21. Yevhen S. (a civilian, was held captive for 855 days)

During my detention by the staff of the so-called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies”, I was handcuffed and put a dark sack on my head. The armed men took me to Komsomolske, Donetsk oblast, where I was held in the basement of the Kalmius hotel for 45 days. Every day I had been interrogated for about 6 hours, being subjected to physical and psychological abuse. In addition, following the torture, I was forced to sign a false confession admitting espionage in favour of Ukraine.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal” on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 12 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. I was also denied legal counsel.

Among people in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages: they are representatives of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” with the call-names “Alabai”, “Maior”, “Smerch”, “Machete”…”

22. Ivan T. (a civilian, was held captive for 932 days)

“… I was detained at a checkpoint during the inspection of my documents (the terrorists had a tablet with my photo and the information that I was allegedly a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine.) After my detention, I was taken to the building of the former Organized crime unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Donetsk, where I was kept for 8 days.

During interrogations, I was beaten, strangled, tortured with electric current and threatened with murder. I was tortured by “the head of intelligence department” Zakharov, the former officer of the special police force “Berkut” whose call-name was “Simba” and an investigator by the name of Ruslan. In September 2016 I witnessed the murder of a Ukrainian citizen Ch., who was tortured to death during interrogation. She was detained at the beginning of 2016 on suspicion of cooperation with the Supreme Court of Ukraine (the Armed forces of Ukraine) and was held in custody in the building of “guardhouse” (the former office of All-Ukrainian Union “Batkivshchyna” in Donetsk)…”

23. Mykhailo S. (a civilian, was held captive for 321 days)

“…I was detained in the so -called DPR district police department where I was invited as a supposed witness of a road traffic accident. After my being identified I understood that I had been detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security. I was handcuffed; they put a sack on my head made of dark cloth. Accompanied by three employees of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security I was delivered by Daewoo Lanos car to the third floor of an unknown building. The investigator proved that I had been detained for “having carried out espionage activities in Ukraine’s favor”. When interrogated I suffered physical (they battered my limbs) and psychological coercion (they intimidated me by execution, negative consequences for my relatives etc).
According to the “sentence” of the so- called DPR court-martial I was imprisoned for 10 years and had to serve my sentence in a correctional camp of strict regime. The court martial consisted of the following members (their names are decrypted from Russian): Tokarenko N. A. (chief justice), Strateichuk L. Z. (judge), Biriuchkov N. V. (secretary), Krotova I. V. (prosecutor). Besides, Yamanko V. F., “an investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security investigation branch”, was involved in framing up a criminal case against me”…

24. Oleksii K (a civilian, was held captive for 854 days)

“… In August of 2015 I was taken captive by the staff of the so -called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive at that time. Later on, after my detention, I was charged with espionage. I was interrogated by the RF Federal Security Service representatives (the group called “Hosti (guests)” that consisted of 5 persons) in the DPR Ministry of State Security located in Shevchenko boulevard. During interrogations the Russian secret service staff exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me; I was tested twice by means of a lie detector. Shaipov, “the military

prosecutor deputy” and Kilkeev, an “investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security”, were involved my being imprisoned, tortured, abused and convicted unlawfully…”

25. Ivan L. (a serviceman, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…On January 18, 2015, when conducting a combat operation near Spartak village of Donetsk oblast I had my tank damaged. Searching for possible way to withdraw I was injured and taken captive by the militants of “the Cossack union of the Great Don Army” unit (headed by a terrorist call named Batia). When in captivity I suffered from physical coercion a lot; they tried to get to know information concerning call names of the unit command staff, its dislocation, the overall strength of the personnel and ammunition. The terrorists call named Zaiets and Davyd, special representatives of the DPR Ministry of State Security staff, were involved in torturing me. I felt that those brutes suffered from psychological disorders, since they were pleased when captives felt pain and were crying when tortured…”

26. Andrii B. (serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…In May 2015, I was sent on a mission from ATO zone to Poltava oblast in order to detect faults in the military equipment our military unit had to receive. On our route we happened to encounter the checkpoint “Elenovka”, which was held by terrorists of the illegal armed units of the so-called “DPR”.

When I was held in captivity, a man who claimed to be the “DPR Ministry of State Security” lieutenant colonel named Roman Volodymyrovych talked to me five or six times. He didn’t take any interest in military-related issues, paying more attention to personal data. At our fourth meeting he suggested that I should cooperate with illegal armed group fighters in exchange for money and my release from captivity, intimidating to give me psychotropic drugs and to massacre my relatives. He was primarily concerned about information related to the military airfield in Chuhuiv. I turned down his offer point blank and was beaten brutally because of that. In my opinion this person is an employee of the RF FSB…”

27. Yevhen K. (a civilian, was held captive for 867 days)

“…I was detained in Donetsk by the armed men from among the so called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies” on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine. I was handcuffed, put a dark sack on my head and taken to an office block unknown to me. I was repeatedly subjected to means of physical and psychological pressure: I was beaten, abused, threatened with murder and grievous bodily harm. What is more, they

threatened to detain my wife “on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine” if I failed to cooperate with investigative bodies. By means of intimidation I was forced to give evidence, which was recorded by technical means, that I am the so called “Ukraine’s secret services militant, who has undergone training in Yavoriv landfill military base”. The RF citizens personally involved in torture are employees of RF Federal Security Service in Kostroma “Mayor Aleksei” and “captain Krasavchik” (Rus.), who personally tortured me, using a shocker and smothering me with a plastic bag etc.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 16 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. People mentioned below were the members of the so-called “Military tribunal” (the surnames and initials are indicated in Russian): presiding judge – Odehova I. A.; judges – Strateichuk L. Z., Smelik S. G.; secretaries – Zhuk D. S., Smirnov A. V.; prosecutors – Alekseev A. M., Tsymmer V. A., Shailov R. R…”

28. Oleksandr N. (a civilian, was held captive for 925 days)

“…I was detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Novoazovsk of Donetsk oblast (the territory that is temporarily occupied by the RF). When in captivity I was addressed to by the RF Federal Security Service representative (he called himself “Ivan” and promised to improve the conditions of my illegal detention) who asked me to give an interview to the Russian mass media and tell them that “I had undergone special diversionary training in the camps on the territory of Ukraine, in Yavoriv training center in particular, and was instructed by foreigners”. I was interrogated in Donetsk by Stabrov, “the DPR Ministry of State Security major”. The interrogations lasted for 2, sometimes 12-13 hours. During interrogations they exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me (I was tortured and beaten regularly). In the course of such “measures” my witnessing was videotaped. Moreover, my relatives were threatened and blackmailed (they were told that in case of their refusal to come to Donetsk I would be killed or tortured to death). I’d like to admit, that while being held in prison of the DPR Ministry of State Security I witnessed a lot how they beat and employed tortures against a captured Ukrainian serviceman Yevhenii G.…”

29. Anatolii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 615 days)

“…In April of 2015 I was taken captive by the subversive reconnaissance group consisting of the LPR IAG militants (approximately 12-13 persons). I was hit on my head and lost my consciousness as a result of it.

Me and other captives were detained in wards situated in the basement of a multistoried house in the vicinity of the “commandant’s office of the IAG militants” (in the building of the former registry office of Luhansk). The guards wore the RF AF uniform. Almost at once they offered me to work for the “LPR IAF” and promised a “fair wage”. As I had refused, they started intimidating and torturing me. The following persons took part in torturing captives and prisoners (they were recognized in the photo): “colonel Yakubov”, the chief of Luhansk commandant’s office, “first lieutenant Savelieva, the pretrial investigator” and “captain Bielochka (a call name), who boasted of having been a sniper and having murdered Ukrainian warriors in person…”

30. Oleksii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… In April of 2016 when heading for the rotation in the ATO area we got off the course and drove out accidentally to the DPR IAF checkpoint; I was taken captive there.
On the same day we were bought to O. Zakharchenko’s garage. He talked to us in person and then he tore away my insignia. Next day we were conveyed to the DPR Ministry of State Security building (the former Donetsk SSU department, chief torture chamber of Russian terrorists); we were detained in its basement during two months. When in captivity I was beaten almost every day with rubber truncheons…”
31. Leonid S. (a civilian, was held captive for 509 days)

“… I was captured while I was trying to move from Debaltseve, Donetsk oblast, to the territory under Ukraine’s jurisdiction. So-called “offices of the DPR Ministry of State Security” beat me right on the place; they put a bag on my head, placed me in handcuffs and took me to the bus, punching me on the way. I was taken, as I realized later, to the former factory of insulation materials (5, Svitloho Shliakhu street, Donetsk). There, in the office building, there is a “private prison” with a torture ward in the basement; there is another ward with three plank beds placed one above the other and no toilet. On the walls there are surveillance cameras, besides, acoustic surveillance is provided. On the ground floor of the building, there are 11 wards for the detained persons. There is a special ward where straw men are placed to get information. Besides, I was interrogated at the

premises of the so-called Ministry of State Security (76, Shevchenka street, Donetsk). During the interrogations they used electric shocker, battered me, humiliated, attempted to rape, exerted moral and psychological pressure, threatened to torture my relatives.

“Courts-martial”, a “DPR Supreme Court”, accused me of “spying” in favour of “enemy state Ukraine”. During “the court investigation” I was offered “advocation” by Valerii Mykolaiovych Usenko. But as far as I know, Valerii Usenko cooperates with so-called “DPR law enforcement officers”, and they work together to extort money from the relatives of the “accused” in the course of the preliminary investigation before “the guilty verdict” is passed. The “investigator” who conducted “preliminary investigation” in the DPR Ministry of State Security was Vieklov Oleksii Yuriiovych, who tortured hostages together with the chief of the

“DPR Ministry of State Security local office in Debaltsevo” whose name is Dmytro (call name Khrest) and his accomplice Vitalii (call name Shved).

Other persons who conducted tortures of Ukrainian citizens at the factory of insulation materials and at the “correctional facility № 97” are: Serhii Pavlovych (“Palych”), Andrii (“Slipyi”), Yurii (“Tovstyi”); Vasyl Yevdokimov (“Lenin”, “the senior” in the private prison); V.V. Trubitsyn (chief of the pretrial detention centre, sub-colonel); Mark Kholin, Dmytro Niemtsov and Mail Ohly Niporan (all of them are “officers of the correctional facility № 97”).

All the above mentioned persons tried to beat out of me false confession that I was involved in spying. They forced me to fake evidence against myself. Thus, Dmyto (“Khrest”), the “DPR Ministry of State Security officer”, suggested that I should write a letter exactly as told by him. Notably, that I allegedly noted down the data about the dislocation of military equipment, as well as disposition and maneuvers of the illegal armed forces, and then transferred the data to the Security Service of Ukraine. After that, he appropriated my notebook containing the text which I wrote down. Later, when my car was being searched, they found that notebook, which became one of the evidence proving my guilt. In case I wrote that text, “Khrest’ promised that I would be immediately swapped, but if I refused, I would be tortured again.
In December, 2016, while they were recording me on the video in one of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” office rooms, I was offered to read out a pre-prepared text following a pre-arranged scenario. In particular, that I was a SSU undercover agent and transferred information about temporary occupied territories (disposition of the military equipment, armament and

illegal armed forces). Besides, I allegedly received letters with the enclosed photos of the SSU officers whom I, as they thought, worked with. Meanwhile, those letters had no enclosed photos of the SSU officers at all. I called for camera the names which were told to me in advance…”

32. Oleksandr O. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1059 days)

“…I was taken captive in February 2015. While moving in a car along Rostov highway towards Artemivsk we got under fire from terrorists’ ambush. I was wounded, got a shell shock and lost consciousness. When I came to myself I saw some men who had the insignia of the Armed forces of Ukraine – yellow ribbons on their sleeves. When I asked them what they were doing, why were they shooting at us, we were from Ukrainian army too, they said that they were the servicemen from RF. While in captivity I got to know military ranks and call names of Russian servicemen:

‒ “colonel” Gorelov Ihor Volodymyrovich, “Goga”, the curator of the “Commandant’s regiment commanding officer”:

‒ “Commandant regiment Chief of staff, lieutenant colonel, call name Kurgan”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Tahirov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on rear services support of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Karpov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on armament of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “the chief of the subsistence support service, major, call name Kolyvan”;

While in captivity I was regularly tortured, suffered from physical and psychological pressure; once I was even tortured before the eyes of the leader of Donetsk terrorists O. Zakharchenko, who then ordered to execute me – there was a mock execution with firing above the head…’

33. Valerii R. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… On the first day I was interrogated by the leader of pro-Russian terrorists O. Zakharchenko himself, and for the next four days – by an officer of RF Armed forces, who was in “balaclava”. I suffered physical and psychological pressure, was beaten during the interrogations. I was even suggested to kill my comrade in return for freedom. They tried to obtain information on the call names of our commanding officers, our location and number of personnel, and also on our weaponry. As a result of tortures I was forced to sign the protocol stating that I was an enemy artillery fire spotter for the Armed forces of Ukraine…”

34. Oleksandr I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 614 days)

“…After I was taken prisoner, they put a sack on my head, placed me in a car and brought to Debaltseve. I was kept in a basement of some building which I didn’t see because the windows were welded up. During interrogations conducted by the terrorists – members of the so-called “DPR State Security Ministry” they always resorted to strong-arm tactics. I didn’t see who battered me because there was a sack on my head, and I don’t remember how many times they battered me.
They made an attempt to recruit me. In Debaltsevo, a Major (I don’t know his name, he was wearing a balaclava helmet, was about 190 cm in height, physically fit, 30-40 years old) many times offered me to become an “MGB DPR” agent, and for that he promised to stop tortures and even to pay a big sum of money. In case I agreed, he planned to free me from detention as a “hero”. After that, I had to assist in capturing the commander of my squadron senior lieutenant T. I refused to do that…”

35. Mykola I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 776 days)

“…While being captive, I was regularly tortured and beaten in my head, legs, and back. They demanded that I say right to the camera that servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine were involved in the crimes against the people of the Donbass. A former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine Zhuravko O.V. was personally filming that, and he gave me the text which he had written. To his opinion, I was reading the text in a temperate manner, so he ordered to punch me in the face several times, which was done by the members of the so-called “MGB DPR”…

36. Yevhen Ch. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1047 days)

“…In February 2015, while I was fulfilling a combat mission to support infantry squads of the Armed forces of Ukraine, I was taken prisoner by a group of Russian militants – members of illegal armed groups.

During interrogations in the so-called “MGB DPR” they knocked my teeth out, and this was done in the presence of the “DPR Defense Minister” Kononov. By resorting to physical abuse and threats (they threatened to kill my mother and to rape my sister), they made me give a fake interview and say that I refused from prisoner exchange and wished to stay in the “DPR”. Two officers of the Russian Federation secret services (they spoke with a strongly marked “Moscow” accent) participated in the tortures…”

37. Oleksandr L. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1083 days)

In February 2015 we fell into the ambush near the village Logvinovo of Donetsk region. The road was blocked with the ammunition boxes, the anti-tank mines were planting around them so it was impossible to turn back the car and go in the opposite direction. When the car stopped they began firing. My right hand finger was wounded with shrapnel and I got a bullet wound in my right hand. Having left the car, I crawled away as far as possible. They stopped firing. Someone struck on my helmet and said: “Don’t move or you’ll be shot down”.
We were motionless when the militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR confiscated our arms, documents, helmets, bullet-proof vests and cut off our insignia

They gave me order to get the killed serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine out of the overturned KAMAZ that was under bombardment, put him into the shell-hole and lie down with him to be shot. The terrorists fired the machine guns over head and had a laugh. Approximately half an hour later car URAL arrived to take us. When we were approaching the car, one old man came to us. The militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR exclaimed:” Grandpa, they are those Yanks who fired at you”. This old man took a stick that looked like a spade handle and started hitting my head with it until it broke. While I was climbing the lorry they struck blows on my back and my legs with a gun butt. In the car I was lying on the floor.

We arrived into one village where they moved us into the luggage boot of another car and put us in fetters. They brought us to Maiskaia street where the Nova Poshta former branch office once was situated and now it was occupied by the unit of Russian terrorists of Don Cossacks. They beat and interrogated us. When a man in charge of the illegal armed unit under the call name OPER arrived, they already knew that one of the Ukrainian serviceman had been decorated with the order of Bohdan Khmelnitskyi Third Class. He and some other wounded soldiers were shot by OPER’s order.
I was interrogated by OPER in 10 persons’ presence. Then they forced us to grant interview to Live News. The journalists of this channel gave us text which stated that units of the Armed forces of Ukraine were not activated, that special blocking teams opened fire targeting those soldiers who were going to retreat. After our conversation with the journalists we were imprisoned in the basement of the unknown building where the militants from the illegal armed unit of the DPR call named Cheka, Shchuka, Milioner, Tesak and commandant Botsman used to beat and humiliate us…”

38. Mykola N. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 647 days)

“…I was taken captive in March 2015. That day I was buying some milk from a local resident of Zaitsevo settlement in Donetsk region who lived near our fighting position. I tasted milk before buying and then lost consciousness. When I regained consciousness I could not understand where I was and saw an armed person beside me. I took him for a friendly person. When we came in the building and started talking I realized that I was in captivity of the terrorists. They beat me and put into the car and brought as I suppose to Horlivka. There they again beat me and interrogated. The same day they brought me to Donetsk and put into the building of the former regional department of SBU where they were keeping me for a month. After my arriving there they interrogated and beat me. In the course of interrogation the terrorists tried to get information about the location of our artillery and equipment. On the third day of my captivity in the building of the former regional department of SBU in Donetsk they took me to the interrogation where they gave me the text of an interview and made me read it on video camera. Hudiakov Yevhen, the senior lieutenant was the person who with extreme cruelty tortured me and other Ukrainian captives”…

39. Taras G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 279 days)

“…I was taken captive when conducting combat operations – reconnaissance and determination of the hostile fire units’ location. However the adversary started shelling our group. As I had disoriented myself afield, I fell down into the entrenchment with two terrorists inside it (they were Don Cossacks). When I was trying to use my personal weapon, the third terrorist, who had approached me from behind, hit me at my back. They took away my machine gun, tied my hands and brought me to their APC-60 that carried us to Kalynove settlement. When they detained me and were transporting me to the place of destination they were constantly beating me with their upper and lower limbs and a knife handle. In Kalynove settlement I was interrogated by “the chief of the 6th motor rifle unit” call named “Poltinnik”. He wanted to get to know the information concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian AF units, artillery, provisions supply battalions, weapons and equipment.

In the course of interrogations and “by his order”, his subordinates (Don Cossacks) were beating me. Then I was taken to the “military commandant’s office” (located in 40, Gastello str., Artemivk district of Luhansk). I was brought into a one-place room there situated in the basement. On the same day I was taken for interrogations by 9 “persons”, 6

of them were “guards”, three others conducted interrogations. They were hiding their faces and called themselves “russkiie (Russians)”. When interrogated, I understood they were from “Kupol (dome) or K unit”. Some of them had a sleeve insignia that looked like a split church dome against the black colored background with no inscriptions. “Kupols” interrogated me twice or thrice a day exerting physical pressure upon me, using an electric shocker, applying electric current from the “TA -57” telephone set and beat me with rubber truncheons. They did these things with the aim to make me confess to my having been involved in favoring the activities of secret services of Ukraine, the SSU in particular. They abused and tortured me when I refused to learn or say aloud the text that had been given to me during another interrogation while they were taping videos for the occupational Mass Media.

While carrying out household activities (cleaning premises etc.), I got an opportunity to learn the list of IAF representatives who served in the “military commandant’s office” in 40, Gastello str., Artemivsk district of Luhansk (their leave and duty rosters etc.) and were involved in torturing Ukrainian captives:

— “commandant, lieutenant colonel” Zhyronkin Leonid Oleksandrovych (according to other IAF members, a former SSU employee);

— “chief of staff, major” Navrotsky Viacheslav Ivanovych;
— “deputy commander for morale & welfare, lieutenant” Kyryliuk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (has got a coloured tattoo of a scorpi on his right shoulder);

— “lieutenant” Akhmetshyn Oleksandr Yuriiovych;
— “lieutenant” Koshelenko Serhii Romanovych (“Kosheliok”);

— “warrant officer” Bazalii Hennadii Serhiiovych (“Baza”), who took part in “combat actions” with call name “Malysh” (approximately in 2015);

— “chief of military detention, senior warrant officer” Protas Andrii Serhiiovych, who took part in “combat actions” of 2014, then served as a “personal guard’ of Plotnytsky;

— “chief of the department of crime prevention, senior lieutenant” Sorokina Liubov Semenivna;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Grachova Yuliia Yevheniivna. Her husband’s father was “the LPR military commandant, colonel” Grachov;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Leonov Serhii Hryhorovych;

— “senior lieutenant” Turkin Hennadii Mykolaiovych (“Afgan”), was

transferred to “the 2nd RF AF AC staff” presumably to the “department of morale and welfare”;

— “in charge of armament, deputy commandant, colonel” Synelnyk Volodymyr Vasyliovych (is over weight);

— “captain, assistant commandant for support (since September of 2017) ”Honcharov Yevhen Valentynovych (has got a mustache), in December of 2017 he was shifted to the “commandant’s office” of Zhovtnevyi district in Luhansk;

— “lieutenant” Bublyk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (or Mykolaiovych);

— “senior lieutenant, chief of the commandant’s platoon, assistant commandant for support (since December of 2017)” Kalinin Vitalii Vasyliovych;

— “soldier ”Bozhenko Oleksii Hennadiiovych (is overweight);
— “soldier” Kravtsov Andrii Yuriiovych, has got a tattoo of a canopy on his shoulder typical of paratroopers and a tattoo with “Za VDV (For air borne forces)” inscription on his little finger;

— “senior soldier (probably, sergeant)” Handzii Serhii;
— “lieutenant (probably, senior lieutenant), chief of staff deputy” Korotukhin Oleksii (Artem)…

40. Volodymyr G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 739 days)

“…Immediately after being taken captive my uniform, military card and belongings were taken way, I was left just in my underclothes. In some a minivan arrived at the checkpoint and in 15-20 minutes I was taken to the basement of an unknown building. There I was tortured and threatened of being killed. Tortures went on for the whole night. In the morning, with a plastic bag on my head, I was transferred to the premises of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters”(commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname Kotov (according to militants).

In half a year all the captives, who were at the “commandant’s headquarters” (34 men) were transferred to prison in Makiivka – (western correctional facility), in which we stayed until released from captivity. In September 2017, about a year and a half after I was taken captive, the detention center was visited by the representatives of the so-called “investigative department of DPR General Prosecutor’s office”. They charged me with “collaboration with terrorists”. I denied “the charges”, and that was included into the “transcript of interrogation”.

While I was in captivity I suffered grievous bodily harm: my two left ribs were broken, I had a left ear contusion as a result of beatings and after a shot was made close to the left side of my head…”

41. Oleksandr T. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 702 days)

“After taken captive I was transferred to the township of Mykolaivka and handed over to the representatives of Russian armed terrorist group “3rd battalion of Slavic brigade” – to the “colonel with a call-name “Starshina” and to his aid with a call-name “Mal’ok”. I was immediately hit into the face with a submachine gun butt, then I was kicked, beaten with rubber truncheons and I was unable to cover myself as I was handcuffed. I lost consciousness of pain and came to myself in Donetsk. I was imprisoned in “military unit 08816” (Donetsk, Molodizhna street). In Donetsk I was interrogated by an employee of FSB of RF and by employees of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”. Interrogations were conducted according to one scenario – at first they forced to confess of crimes against civilians and then they beat me cruelly – my rib was broken and I had my teeth knocked out…”

42. Mykola H. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1051 days)

“…I was illegally kept imprisoned in the prison of Russian terrorists “correctional facility #97” in Makiivka, Donetsk oblast. All this time they either forced me to sign the “confession of crimes against Donetsk people” or suggested joining the militants of illegal armed groups. They didn’t hide the fact that though the salary of militants was not high, they could loot the locals, suspected of having sympathy towards Ukraine, without being punished. I suffered from physical and psychological tortures. I was regularly tortured by Shapovalov A.A. – “deputy head of imprisonment sector”, call-name “Nimets” (I recognize him in picture #67)…

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES of UKRAINE

BY MATERIALS of THE SECURITY SERVICE OF UKRAINE

EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE ORDLO TERRITORIES, ON THE MILITARY AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AGAINST UKRAINE, INHUMAN DETENTION CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL ABUSE, TORTURE AND MORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HUMILIATION

1. Oleksandr D. (civilian, was held captive for 905 days)

“… At the end of 2015 I was taken prisoner by pro-Russian militiamen for an attempted “illegal crossing of the border” between Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk Oblast, near Heorhiivka. I was brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department on Bauman street. I was photographed, and my interrogation was captured on video. The interrogation was conducted by a representative of the so-called “Counterintelligence Department of the DPR State Security Ministry (MGB DPR)” (I recognize him on photo #140), and the “head of the Military Counterintelligence Department”, call- name “David”, who was personally in charge of interrogations and beatings of the hostages (I recognize him on photo #167). Besides, on photo #79 I have identified a pro-Russian militiaman, an “armed escort member” who guarded the hostages kept in the fuel and lubricant warehouse. In six months, I was transferred to the basement of Donetsk Regional State Administration building. During two months I was held captive in some office room, and three months later I was transferred to the prison camp #97 in Makiivka.

While being illegally held captive, I was beaten severely and deprived of food many times. They organized mock executions, firing weapons at me. The “commanding officer of the DPR separate commandant’s regiment” V. Anosov and his wife “major” Anosova were particularly cruel – they regularly tortured the hostages and captive servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and abused their dignity…”

2-3. Artem A. and Vladyslav O. (civilians, were held captive for 444 days)

“…We were taken prisoners by the so-called “officers of the MGB DPR” in the Teatralna Square in October 2016, in full view of dozens of people, and were brought to the building of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department (79 Radianska Str., Luhansk). The terrorists accused us of having been in contact with servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and with volunteers from “Asov Battalion”, to whom we communicated

information on the disposition of units the Russian Federation regular troops on the temporarily occupied territories in Luhansk Oblast. Besides, they found a video of burning a flag of the so-called “LPR” in Vladyslav’s telephone.

Starting with the first interrogation, which lasted from 12:00 to 22:00, we were both beaten and underwent psychological pressure (threats, humiliations). Physical abuse (beatings, electric shocks, suffocation using plastic bags) and threats to cut off limbs, fingers in particular, are a key tool in the activities of the so-called “MGB LPR”, and each of us experienced them.

Later we were convicted of “treason through conniving [with the enemy]” and “desecration of the state symbols of the LPR”.

The fake trial was organized personally by the following supporters of terrorists: the “LPR Military Tribunal judge” Lunha A.H., the clerk of the court Dokukina L.I., Deputy Head of the Department of Prosecutor-General’s Office of LPR Kozlov M.V.”.

Among those who personally tortured Ukrainian hostages, and were involved in our illegal detention, are the ones whom we recognize in the photos: Rohovenko S. (call-name “Tunhuz”, a former law- enforcement officer, currently an “officer of the MGB LPR”); Kovaliov L., a “Major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Borets”; Denys, call-name ”John”, an “officer of the MGB LPR”, graduated from Luhansk National Agrarian University; “major of justice” Manuilova Yu., a “forensic specialist of the MGB LPR Investigative Department”, a former officer of the Investigative Branch of Luhansk Regional Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine”; “colonel of justice” Petrenko B., currently “head of the MGB LPR Investigative Arm”, a former officer of the SSU Luhansk Regional Department; “major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Frol”, who tortured the hostages with obsessive cruelty. Besides, the “officer of the MGB LPR” Denys, call-name ”John” (I would guess he is 25 years old, 180 -185 cm in height, fair-haired, has a tattoo “За ВДВ” on his left hand) repeatedly persuaded us to commit a terrorist act on the territory of Ukraine in exchange for a possibility to return to Luhansk…”

4. Valerii R. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 890 days)

“…At the beginning of April 2016, when the convoy was moving to the place of rotation, we were ambushed; as a result of it our car (the last in the convoy) was damaged by the anti -armor grenade launcher and seized by Russian terrorists. I was taken to the occupied territory by the militants and brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department

situated in Bauman street. At once I was accused of having conducted terrorist activities on the territory of Donetsk oblast. In the course of interrogations which were held 2-3 times a week I coerced psychological pressure (they beat me with legs and a rubber stick; they applied a current from my old mobile phone), they promised to cut off my arms. The staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security took away my mobile phone; they presumably called my brother from it and informed him of my having deserted to terrorists. Moreover, they called my niece and threatened her with physical violence. The terrorists employed tortures against a captured serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine call named “R” by means of filing his teeth; they stabbed both legs of a Ukraine’s AF serviceman call named “H”.

For three months I had been held in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department and then I was taken to the prison settlement #97 in Makiivka. In October 2017, I was attended by the DPR Ministry of State Security investigators who accused me of “having aided terrorists and adjusted fire” and “promised” to imprison me for 20-30 years…”.

5. Oleksandr F. (a civilian, was held captive for 723 days)

“… I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Makiivka of Donetsk Oblast. They found symbols of Ukraine and the EU in the course of a search that resulted in my being captured. Soon afterwards I was brought to the room #302 in the building of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security (Donetsk, Shevchenko str., 26), where I was interrogated for the first time and coerced beatings and intimidation. I was interrogated by the following “special investigative agents”: Horbokon (call named “Niemets”), Biloborodko (call named “Monomakh”) and Yefimovych who demanded that I should confirm my membership in Ukrainian patriotic organizations. I was held captive by the DPR Ministry of State Security bodies for three months; first I was held in a non-heated lock- up garage (though it was winter), then I was brought to the former archives office that had been turned into a torture chamber by terrorists. The guards and the staff of the DPR Ministry of State Security abused hostages all the time (beat them with their hands, legs and rubber cues). Trubitsyn, “the chief” of the pre -trial detention center, and Kholin, “a criminal investigative agent”, turned to be the cruelest.

In August 2016, I was convicted by Donetsk inter -regional court in Makiivka, then by the DPR court martial. I remember the representatives of prosecution involved in fraud for obtaining judgment: Kilkieev and Orlova, investigators, Maksymova, a judge in Makiivka, Strateichuk and Odegov, court martial judges, Serhieev and Maksymov, the prosecutors. Mykyta

Kiosev (the head of “Moloda Respublika (Young Republic)” terrorist civil organization) and Hryhorii Zinovyk (a functionary of the students’ trade-union committee), considered informants and provocateurs, as well as the above mentioned “criminal investigative agents of the DPR Ministry of State Security” acted as witnesses.

I served my “sentence” in the penitentiary #27 (Horlivka, Nemyrovych-Danchenko str.). I was tortured there personally by Oleksandr Liashenko, “the head of penitentiary”, his relative and “the deputy head” at the same time Dmytro Liashenko and Dmytro Verych, a “criminal investigative agent”. Just before the hostage handover, on December 25, 2017 in particular, the Liashenkos, being drunken sadists, beat and abused me from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m.…”.

6. Oleksandr A. (a civilian, was held captive for 848 days)

“… I was taken hostage by the representatives of the armed Russian-terrorist group “Sparta” and the so-called “military police officers” who accused me of “treason against DPR”. For some time, I was held in a basement, where I was interrogated five times. Each interrogation had lasted on average for about two or three hours. At the same time, I was subjected to physical abuse – I was beaten with hands, legs, rubber truncheons and a butt of an assault rifle. As a result of a torture, I was left disabled. One of the interrogations was filmed by a “blogger” Zhurabka for the Russian agitation visual. Later, I and other hostages were attended by representatives of Russian TV channels “NTV” and “Russia 24” who interviewed prisoners and filmed the conditions of their compulsory detention. At the same time, “journalists” instructed the hostages to give them the correct answers.

The main torture chamber of the “DPR” was located in the premises of the former archive of the Donetsk SSU Department, which was captured by terrorists in 2014. The hostages were placed on the racks for paper; there was no lavatory, linen and running water. Only in two years’ time terrorists finally legalized my detention: by the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the DPR “a preventive measure in the form of keeping in custody was taken against me”. At the same time, I was banned from legal counsel and they refused to grant me visiting permits.

Among the terrorists in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages. One of them is the head of the 3rd DPR Intelligence Department with a call-name Zaiats (he personally conducted interrogations in the presence of two officers of the RF secret services, who asked questions concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of anti-terrorist operation, the number of personnel and military machinery); another one is Artem, Zaiats’s subordinate, a former employee

of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, who previously served in one of Donetsk regional police departments (he is mercantile and interested in personal enrichment); the third one is Zombi (he used to be a dog handler in Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs special police force “Berkut”)…

7. Denys B. (a civilian, was held captive for 390 days)

“… At the exit of my house, I was knocked down, put a sack on my head and handcuffed. I was also charged with “betrayal of my homeland and “Russkaia vesna” ideals” as well as espionage in favour of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the building of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” in Donetsk (26, Shevchenko St.) they tortured me and smothered me with a plastic bag until they got to know my Twitter account password. They threatened me with physical abuse – to cut off my limbs, to rape me, to execute me by shooting or bury me alive in a pit in a forest. I was also subjected to all sorts of humiliation and threatened to be put into a lime pit. All the torturers were wearing masks (balaklavas), but during the interrogation I heard one terrorist’s call-name – “Yakut”.

On the basis of evidence extracted from me under torture I was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the so- called “Supreme Court of DPR”. People, personally liable for my unlawful imprisonment and fabrication of my criminal case are: Yamanko, a crime scene investigator working for the “DPR Ministry of State Security”; “judges” Tokarenko, Strateichuk and Odehov; Idiatulin, DPR Ministry of State Security criminal investigator; and Bairachnyi, deputy Prosecutor General of DPR.

8. Roman S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 189 days)

“Our security checkpoint was attacked by a sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Russian occupational troops. There were 16 men there, all dressed in the uniform of the Russian Army. Three Ukrainian fighters were killed and I was taken captive during the fight. I was kept prisoner at the high security prison # 97 (Makiyivka, Donetsk oblast). I was frequently tortured during interrogations. Once I was interrogated by O. Zakharchenko in person. That was hardly an interrogation – swear words, shouting and intimidation of sexual assaults all the time; I think he was under drugs. After the interrogation Zakharchenko ordered his inferiors to kill me (it was a mock execution). I don’t know where exactly the interrogation took place because while in captivity I was always transported with a sack on my head”…

9. Serhii S. (civilian, was held captive for 448 days)

“…I was detained by the militants of illegal armed groups of the so called “LPR” in September 2016 while crossing the delimitation line. They accused

me of cooperation with the Armed forces of Ukraine. All the time I was kept in the basement of the former building of SSU regional department in Luhansk oblast. On the premises of that building there were stationed not only local militants but also the units of the RF Army, including officers of the Russian military intelligence (I saw them and heard their conversations). I was interrogated several times. All the interrogations were held with the use of physical violence, they tortured me using electric current, kicked me and humiliated. I was a witness to a murder of one of the captives – Andrij K. – by the “LPR” militants…

10. Ihor S. (a civilian, was held captive for 824 days)

“…I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city of Donetsk. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive. In two months’ time I got to know that I had been charged with espionage. For two years I had been held illegally in the “pretrial detention centre of the DPR Ministry of State Security” (located in Kobozev street, 4) . After the trial that looked like the one of Stalin’s epoch of the thirties, the previous century, I was imprisoned in the penitentiary #32 of Donetsk oblast. Shaipov, the so-called DPR deputy prosecutor, and Kilkeev, an investigator, were involved in framing up a criminal case against me.

The convoy from the DPR Ministry of State Security staff accompanied me to the interrogations. There were five representatives of the RF Federal Security Service (the group called “Hosti (guests)”) who conducted interrogations in the DPR Ministry of State Security building in Shevchenko boulevard. When interrogated I coerced physical and psychological pressure: they tortured me a lot and threatened both me and my family members…”

11. Halyna H. (civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…I worked in the local Municipal Polyclinic. In October 2016, the Chief Doctor called me into his office, where there were present two members of the “MGB DPR”. In their identity documents there were only photographs without any identification data. Further I learned that one man’s name was Vitalii, call-name “Shved” (“Swede”), and another man’s name was Dmytro.

They searched my workplace and visually inspected my mobile phone. They also searched my house and confiscated my computer equipment. I was charged with pro-Ukrainian views.

“Shved” and his colleague brought me to the “MGB DPR” (Tarasa Shevchenka Str., Donetsk). I was interrogated for about an hour by an “MGB DPR” investigator A. Lozinskyi. During interrogations I underwent a

polygraph test. The polygraphist – a Russian Federation citizen – asked me about my attitude toward Ukraine, and about my help to the Armed forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine. I was illegally detained on the premises of the “Izoliatsia” factory (4 Svietloho Puti Str.; a person named Denys Pavlovych, call-name “Pershyi’ (“First”), was in charge of that “MGB DPR base”); later I was transferred to the “MGB DPR” detention unit (Kobazeva Str., Donetsk).

We were kept in appalling conditions, there were no showers and lavatories; they would lock us in a so-called “jar” (tiny room), and in an isolation ward (a 1,5 by 2 m room equipped with video cameras) without windows, where blue color light was on 24 hours a day.

While being held captive I was tortured by electric shocks – they tied me to a metal table with an adhesive tape, put a sack on my head, and attached electrodes to my toes. They also resorted to psychological pressure. They threatened to take my husband to “MGB”. While I was in custody, I was involved in farm work on the premises of the factory – I tended for animals; I also had to tidy up the territory, and to unload vehicles.

In November 2017 I was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by the “DPR military tribunal”. I was provided with a lawyer, who regularly conducted negotiations with my children offering them to pay USD 1000 for my release from prison. Shortly before the court hearing, they replaced the lawyer with Sh.; she got USD 500 for members of the “MGB DPR” who allegedly put me in the exchange of captives’ list…”

12. Oleksii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 1091 days)

“… In December 2014 during my trip to Torez, Donetsk oblast, I was arrested at the checkpoint by persons, related to the so-called “Russian Cossacks”. I was accused of allegedly taking part in the revolutionary events that took place on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, and of allegedly being a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. None of the accusations is true.

For almost two months I had been kept in a street pit on the territory of the former Torez fire-fighting department and then I was transported to the basement of the former SSU building in Donetsk oblast (the base of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”). While in captivity, I was repeatedly interrogated by the representatives of the so-called “Public Prosecutor’s office” and “the DPR Ministry of State Security”: terrorists with the call-names “Ded”, “Iskander”, “Belaz”, “Yusik” (who have been recognized in the photo) . During interrogations, which lasted for about two hours, I was subjected to tortures and other means of physical pressure. I was tortured with an electric current and beaten with various wooden and iron objects. My sister received telephone threats from the representatives of the

DPR Ministry of State Security, who suggested her paying the ransom of 50 thousand dollars for my release…”

13. Anatolii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…While passing the so- called “grey zone” along Popasna-Pervomaisk highway on a bicycle, I was detained by the commander of the Russian terrorist battalion named after Platov (by the surname of Snohii) and his subordinates for allegedly carrying out reconnaissance activities. During my illegal captivity I was alternately kept at the headquarters of the illegal armed group named after Platov in Stahanov (the building of the Taxation office seized by terrorists), in “the LPR military police office” and in the pre-trial detention centre #3 of Krasnolutsk penitentiary #19.On trumped-up charges of “treason against LPR” I was sentenced to 13 years in prison (by Berestenko Yuliia, the judge of the LPR Ministry of State Security).

While in captivity, I was repeatedly subjected to battering, shooting imitations, abuse, intimidation, electric torture etc. They constantly threatened me to arrest my wife. In addition, when I was in “the LPR military police punishment cell”, I witnessed a captive, who was a Ukraine’s Armed Forces serviceman, being tortured: he was brought unconscious and was tortured for 24 hours…”

14. Hryhorii S. (civilian, was held captive for 391 days)

“In December 2016, when I was going home, some masked strangers knocked me down, put a sack on my head and brought me to the building of former of Donetsk militia department. There the so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” Harkovenko, Tymchak, Tserkovnikov and Tsukanov D.V., altogether with their chief Zaharov applied physical tortures (beatings and electrocution, threats of killing) and psychological pressure (threats to kill my relatives). During the interrogation the “LPR Ministry of Interior investigator” Hainutdynov forced me to sign prepared by him documents: a waiver of counsel, permit to conduct the search in my apartment and a surrender, in which I “confessed” of acts of sabotage on the territory of Donetsk (blowing up electricity supply networks, monument to Lenin and kiosks; preparations to blow up Donetsk TV tower and espionage for the benefit of Ukraine).
After that my “confessions” of aiding Ukrainian security services and my alleged acts of sabotage and blow-ups were filmed. I was taken to the forests where I had to show the hiding places with explosive materials. I was in advance instructed by the named above so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” on where and what to show and what to say in the video.

Personal responsibility for committed against me crimes is on the “employees of DPR General Prosecutor’s office” Klimenko, Kartseva and Lastovytska – in collusion with “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” they did acts aimed at my illegal detention in custody and non-disclosure of facts of tortures; the physician-in-chief of Donetsk regional Diagnostic Center Momot, who refused to issue documents to certify the traumas I got after being tortured by the “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior”; Khalabuzar – the chief of the detention center who destroyed the documents certifying my serious condition after interrogations by the “officers of the LPR Ministry of Interior”… .

15. Maxim I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 737 days)

“On capturing me the militants pierced my leg with a submachine gun ramrod and broke my right thumb. Though I was in pain, they took me to the basement of some building and continued to beat me (they fractured my skull, broke my ribs, knocked out my tooth and cut my chin badly.

Then I was moved to Donetsk, where I and my comrades-in-arms were beaten and imprisoned in the former building of the SSU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast at Shchorsa street. We were left without any food for 3 days.

The first interrogation was conducted by a man who told me that he was a serviceman of the RF Armed forces. Some days later he was joined by two more men. As it turned out then, both were from Rostov-on-Don, RF. These particular men were the cruelest at torturing Ukrainian captives.
I know that on December 29, 2015 a Ukrainian serviceman was killed – beaten to death – in the building where I was illegally kept…”

16. Volodymyr B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 711 days)

“… For the first six months I was held captive in the basement of former building of SBU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast, which was taken by militants, then I was at the so-called “DPR commandant’s office”. Since July 2016 I was illegally imprisoned in the cell of colony #97 at Makiivka. I will remember atrocity and cruelty I experienced there for all my life. I nearly lost my mind because of all the tortures, but psychological pressure was even more scaring than physical violence. Once the militants brought the picture of my children and forced me to give an interview for Russian TV channels “ОРТ”and “Live news”…”

17. Andrii H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“…The tortures lasted all night long, and in the morning they put plastic bags on our heads and took us to the premises of the former SSU

Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters” (military unit number 08816, commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname “Kotov” (according to militants). We were held in the basement in solitary cells, and in the cells near us there were militants detained for the breach of discipline.

While torturing us, an unknown person dressed in military uniform (I would guess he is about 30 years old), who called himself Hennadii, regularly offered to us to leave the Armed forces of Ukraine and to defect to the “DPR” militants’ side. I refused to do that. When we were in the commandant’s headquarters, unknown people in balaclava helmets interrogated us, and they recorded the process on video to show it to our relatives.

Later we were transferred to another cell in another wing of the basement in the above mentioned commandant’s headquarters building, where there were about 30 other captives from the Armed forces of Ukraine. In the cell there was a former serviceman of the volunteer Aidar Battalion named A. (about 40 years old, heavily-built, tattoos all over his body), who, according to my comrades, was a traitor, and he acted in propaganda videos to the benefit of the “DPR”, courtesy of O. Zhuravko, a former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine…”

18. Vasyl H. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 381 days)

“… I was taken prisoner during the attack on the operating site of the Ukrainian troops by an illegal “DPR” secret subversive group. While we were in captivity, we regularly were threatened we would be killed, and during interrogations they resorted to strong arm tactics, beat us using different tools (truncheons, pliers, gas wrenches etc.)…”

19. Eduard N.(a civilian, was held captive for 401 days)

“…I was detained in Luhansk by the persons who introduced themselves as members of the staff of the DNR Ministry of State Security. During the interrogations they used methods of physical pressure (they struck my limbs with rubber batons and struck my head with books). They constantly threatened and insulted me. I was convicted by the LPR court martial for stirring up national hatred and high treason in the form of espionage for foreign country of Ukraine. They refused to give me a lawyer. There was a closed court session. Mrs. Polonskaia was the presiding judge. I know a person of the investigator, which is Mrs. Yulia Kostenko, I recognized her in the photo № 204…”

20. Viktor L.(a civilian, was held captive for 303 days)

“… I was detained by the collaborators of the pretended Ministry of State Security of the DPR on a charge of spying for Ukraine. Besides them there was a representative of FSB of the Russian Federation who escorted us while they were conveying me to Donetsk. He was driving a car with license plates of the Russian Federation.

I was put in irons, they put winter hat on my head, placed me in a car. From the words of escort persons I understood that they were carrying me to Budionovsk region of Donetsk. When we arrived, they took me into the building, did not put off my heat and put me to the wall with my legs apart. A person speaking with the Russian accent read out the following: “You should address your chief in the form like they are accustomed to address in prison, you’ll be fed twice a day and we’ll give you a piece of paper to write down your confession of being guilty. If you do not write it we’ll put one electric wire on your genitals (“the end”), put the second one in your rectum and put through the current…”

21. Yevhen S. (a civilian, was held captive for 855 days)

During my detention by the staff of the so-called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies”, I was handcuffed and put a dark sack on my head. The armed men took me to Komsomolske, Donetsk oblast, where I was held in the basement of the Kalmius hotel for 45 days. Every day I had been interrogated for about 6 hours, being subjected to physical and psychological abuse. In addition, following the torture, I was forced to sign a false confession admitting espionage in favour of Ukraine.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal” on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 12 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. I was also denied legal counsel.

Among people in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages: they are representatives of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” with the call-names “Alabai”, “Maior”, “Smerch”, “Machete”…”

22. Ivan T. (a civilian, was held captive for 932 days)

“… I was detained at a checkpoint during the inspection of my documents (the terrorists had a tablet with my photo and the information that I was allegedly a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine.) After my detention, I was taken to the building of the former Organized crime unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Donetsk, where I was kept for 8 days.

During interrogations, I was beaten, strangled, tortured with electric current and threatened with murder. I was tortured by “the head of intelligence department” Zakharov, the former officer of the special police force “Berkut” whose call-name was “Simba” and an investigator by the name of Ruslan. In September 2016 I witnessed the murder of a Ukrainian citizen Ch., who was tortured to death during interrogation. She was detained at the beginning of 2016 on suspicion of cooperation with the Supreme Court of Ukraine (the Armed forces of Ukraine) and was held in custody in the building of “guardhouse” (the former office of All-Ukrainian Union “Batkivshchyna” in Donetsk)…”

23. Mykhailo S. (a civilian, was held captive for 321 days)

“…I was detained in the so -called DPR district police department where I was invited as a supposed witness of a road traffic accident. After my being identified I understood that I had been detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security. I was handcuffed; they put a sack on my head made of dark cloth. Accompanied by three employees of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security I was delivered by Daewoo Lanos car to the third floor of an unknown building. The investigator proved that I had been detained for “having carried out espionage activities in Ukraine’s favor”. When interrogated I suffered physical (they battered my limbs) and psychological coercion (they intimidated me by execution, negative consequences for my relatives etc).
According to the “sentence” of the so- called DPR court-martial I was imprisoned for 10 years and had to serve my sentence in a correctional camp of strict regime. The court martial consisted of the following members (their names are decrypted from Russian): Tokarenko N. A. (chief justice), Strateichuk L. Z. (judge), Biriuchkov N. V. (secretary), Krotova I. V. (prosecutor). Besides, Yamanko V. F., “an investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security investigation branch”, was involved in framing up a criminal case against me”…

24. Oleksii K (a civilian, was held captive for 854 days)

“… In August of 2015 I was taken captive by the staff of the so -called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive at that time. Later on, after my detention, I was charged with espionage. I was interrogated by the RF Federal Security Service representatives (the group called “Hosti (guests)” that consisted of 5 persons) in the DPR Ministry of State Security located in Shevchenko boulevard. During interrogations the Russian secret service staff exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me; I was tested twice by means of a lie detector. Shaipov, “the military

prosecutor deputy” and Kilkeev, an “investigator from the DPR Ministry of State Security”, were involved my being imprisoned, tortured, abused and convicted unlawfully…”

25. Ivan L. (a serviceman, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…On January 18, 2015, when conducting a combat operation near Spartak village of Donetsk oblast I had my tank damaged. Searching for possible way to withdraw I was injured and taken captive by the militants of “the Cossack union of the Great Don Army” unit (headed by a terrorist call named Batia). When in captivity I suffered from physical coercion a lot; they tried to get to know information concerning call names of the unit command staff, its dislocation, the overall strength of the personnel and ammunition. The terrorists call named Zaiets and Davyd, special representatives of the DPR Ministry of State Security staff, were involved in torturing me. I felt that those brutes suffered from psychological disorders, since they were pleased when captives felt pain and were crying when tortured…”

26. Andrii B. (serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1045 days)

“…In May 2015, I was sent on a mission from ATO zone to Poltava oblast in order to detect faults in the military equipment our military unit had to receive. On our route we happened to encounter the checkpoint “Elenovka”, which was held by terrorists of the illegal armed units of the so-called “DPR”.

When I was held in captivity, a man who claimed to be the “DPR Ministry of State Security” lieutenant colonel named Roman Volodymyrovych talked to me five or six times. He didn’t take any interest in military-related issues, paying more attention to personal data. At our fourth meeting he suggested that I should cooperate with illegal armed group fighters in exchange for money and my release from captivity, intimidating to give me psychotropic drugs and to massacre my relatives. He was primarily concerned about information related to the military airfield in Chuhuiv. I turned down his offer point blank and was beaten brutally because of that. In my opinion this person is an employee of the RF FSB…”

27. Yevhen K. (a civilian, was held captive for 867 days)

“…I was detained in Donetsk by the armed men from among the so called “DPR defense and law enforcement agencies” on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine. I was handcuffed, put a dark sack on my head and taken to an office block unknown to me. I was repeatedly subjected to means of physical and psychological pressure: I was beaten, abused, threatened with murder and grievous bodily harm. What is more, they

threatened to detain my wife “on charges of espionage against “DPR” in favor of Ukraine” if I failed to cooperate with investigative bodies. By means of intimidation I was forced to give evidence, which was recorded by technical means, that I am the so called “Ukraine’s secret services militant, who has undergone training in Yavoriv landfill military base”. The RF citizens personally involved in torture are employees of RF Federal Security Service in Kostroma “Mayor Aleksei” and “captain Krasavchik” (Rus.), who personally tortured me, using a shocker and smothering me with a plastic bag etc.

According to the sentence imposed by the so-called “Military tribunal on the rights of the so-called “DPR Chamber of the Supreme Court” based on the results of criminal proceedings brought against me on the grounds of “espionage” and conducted at a closed session, I was sentenced to the term of 16 years to be served in a strict regime correctional colony. People mentioned below were the members of the so-called “Military tribunal” (the surnames and initials are indicated in Russian): presiding judge – Odehova I. A.; judges – Strateichuk L. Z., Smelik S. G.; secretaries – Zhuk D. S., Smirnov A. V.; prosecutors – Alekseev A. M., Tsymmer V. A., Shailov R. R…”

28. Oleksandr N. (a civilian, was held captive for 925 days)

“…I was detained by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Novoazovsk of Donetsk oblast (the territory that is temporarily occupied by the RF). When in captivity I was addressed to by the RF Federal Security Service representative (he called himself “Ivan” and promised to improve the conditions of my illegal detention) who asked me to give an interview to the Russian mass media and tell them that “I had undergone special diversionary training in the camps on the territory of Ukraine, in Yavoriv training center in particular, and was instructed by foreigners”. I was interrogated in Donetsk by Stabrov, “the DPR Ministry of State Security major”. The interrogations lasted for 2, sometimes 12-13 hours. During interrogations they exerted physical and psychological pressure upon me (I was tortured and beaten regularly). In the course of such “measures” my witnessing was videotaped. Moreover, my relatives were threatened and blackmailed (they were told that in case of their refusal to come to Donetsk I would be killed or tortured to death). I’d like to admit, that while being held in prison of the DPR Ministry of State Security I witnessed a lot how they beat and employed tortures against a captured Ukrainian serviceman Yevhenii G.…”

29. Anatolii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 615 days)

“…In April of 2015 I was taken captive by the subversive reconnaissance group consisting of the LPR IAG militants (approximately 12-13 persons). I was hit on my head and lost my consciousness as a result of it.

Me and other captives were detained in wards situated in the basement of a multistoried house in the vicinity of the “commandant’s office of the IAG militants” (in the building of the former registry office of Luhansk). The guards wore the RF AF uniform. Almost at once they offered me to work for the “LPR IAF” and promised a “fair wage”. As I had refused, they started intimidating and torturing me. The following persons took part in torturing captives and prisoners (they were recognized in the photo): “colonel Yakubov”, the chief of Luhansk commandant’s office, “first lieutenant Savelieva, the pretrial investigator” and “captain Bielochka (a call name), who boasted of having been a sniper and having murdered Ukrainian warriors in person…”

30. Oleksii K. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… In April of 2016 when heading for the rotation in the ATO area we got off the course and drove out accidentally to the DPR IAF checkpoint; I was taken captive there.
On the same day we were bought to O. Zakharchenko’s garage. He talked to us in person and then he tore away my insignia. Next day we were conveyed to the DPR Ministry of State Security building (the former Donetsk SSU department, chief torture chamber of Russian terrorists); we were detained in its basement during two months. When in captivity I was beaten almost every day with rubber truncheons…”
31. Leonid S. (a civilian, was held captive for 509 days)

“… I was captured while I was trying to move from Debaltseve, Donetsk oblast, to the territory under Ukraine’s jurisdiction. So-called “offices of the DPR Ministry of State Security” beat me right on the place; they put a bag on my head, placed me in handcuffs and took me to the bus, punching me on the way. I was taken, as I realized later, to the former factory of insulation materials (5, Svitloho Shliakhu street, Donetsk). There, in the office building, there is a “private prison” with a torture ward in the basement; there is another ward with three plank beds placed one above the other and no toilet. On the walls there are surveillance cameras, besides, acoustic surveillance is provided. On the ground floor of the building, there are 11 wards for the detained persons. There is a special ward where straw men are placed to get information. Besides, I was interrogated at the

premises of the so-called Ministry of State Security (76, Shevchenka street, Donetsk). During the interrogations they used electric shocker, battered me, humiliated, attempted to rape, exerted moral and psychological pressure, threatened to torture my relatives.

“Courts-martial”, a “DPR Supreme Court”, accused me of “spying” in favour of “enemy state Ukraine”. During “the court investigation” I was offered “advocation” by Valerii Mykolaiovych Usenko. But as far as I know, Valerii Usenko cooperates with so-called “DPR law enforcement officers”, and they work together to extort money from the relatives of the “accused” in the course of the preliminary investigation before “the guilty verdict” is passed. The “investigator” who conducted “preliminary investigation” in the DPR Ministry of State Security was Vieklov Oleksii Yuriiovych, who tortured hostages together with the chief of the

“DPR Ministry of State Security local office in Debaltsevo” whose name is Dmytro (call name Khrest) and his accomplice Vitalii (call name Shved).

Other persons who conducted tortures of Ukrainian citizens at the factory of insulation materials and at the “correctional facility № 97” are: Serhii Pavlovych (“Palych”), Andrii (“Slipyi”), Yurii (“Tovstyi”); Vasyl Yevdokimov (“Lenin”, “the senior” in the private prison); V.V. Trubitsyn (chief of the pretrial detention centre, sub-colonel); Mark Kholin, Dmytro Niemtsov and Mail Ohly Niporan (all of them are “officers of the correctional facility № 97”).

All the above mentioned persons tried to beat out of me false confession that I was involved in spying. They forced me to fake evidence against myself. Thus, Dmyto (“Khrest”), the “DPR Ministry of State Security officer”, suggested that I should write a letter exactly as told by him. Notably, that I allegedly noted down the data about the dislocation of military equipment, as well as disposition and maneuvers of the illegal armed forces, and then transferred the data to the Security Service of Ukraine. After that, he appropriated my notebook containing the text which I wrote down. Later, when my car was being searched, they found that notebook, which became one of the evidence proving my guilt. In case I wrote that text, “Khrest’ promised that I would be immediately swapped, but if I refused, I would be tortured again.
In December, 2016, while they were recording me on the video in one of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” office rooms, I was offered to read out a pre-prepared text following a pre-arranged scenario. In particular, that I was a SSU undercover agent and transferred information about temporary occupied territories (disposition of the military equipment, armament and

illegal armed forces). Besides, I allegedly received letters with the enclosed photos of the SSU officers whom I, as they thought, worked with. Meanwhile, those letters had no enclosed photos of the SSU officers at all. I called for camera the names which were told to me in advance…”

32. Oleksandr O. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1059 days)

“…I was taken captive in February 2015. While moving in a car along Rostov highway towards Artemivsk we got under fire from terrorists’ ambush. I was wounded, got a shell shock and lost consciousness. When I came to myself I saw some men who had the insignia of the Armed forces of Ukraine – yellow ribbons on their sleeves. When I asked them what they were doing, why were they shooting at us, we were from Ukrainian army too, they said that they were the servicemen from RF. While in captivity I got to know military ranks and call names of Russian servicemen:

‒ “colonel” Gorelov Ihor Volodymyrovich, “Goga”, the curator of the “Commandant’s regiment commanding officer”:

‒ “Commandant regiment Chief of staff, lieutenant colonel, call name Kurgan”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Tahirov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on rear services support of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “lieutenant colonel Karpov, curator of the deputy commanding officer on armament of the Commandant regiment”;

‒ “the chief of the subsistence support service, major, call name Kolyvan”;

While in captivity I was regularly tortured, suffered from physical and psychological pressure; once I was even tortured before the eyes of the leader of Donetsk terrorists O. Zakharchenko, who then ordered to execute me – there was a mock execution with firing above the head…’

33. Valerii R. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 634 days)

“… On the first day I was interrogated by the leader of pro-Russian terrorists O. Zakharchenko himself, and for the next four days – by an officer of RF Armed forces, who was in “balaclava”. I suffered physical and psychological pressure, was beaten during the interrogations. I was even suggested to kill my comrade in return for freedom. They tried to obtain information on the call names of our commanding officers, our location and number of personnel, and also on our weaponry. As a result of tortures I was forced to sign the protocol stating that I was an enemy artillery fire spotter for the Armed forces of Ukraine…”

34. Oleksandr I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 614 days)

“…After I was taken prisoner, they put a sack on my head, placed me in a car and brought to Debaltseve. I was kept in a basement of some building which I didn’t see because the windows were welded up. During interrogations conducted by the terrorists – members of the so-called “DPR State Security Ministry” they always resorted to strong-arm tactics. I didn’t see who battered me because there was a sack on my head, and I don’t remember how many times they battered me.
They made an attempt to recruit me. In Debaltsevo, a Major (I don’t know his name, he was wearing a balaclava helmet, was about 190 cm in height, physically fit, 30-40 years old) many times offered me to become an “MGB DPR” agent, and for that he promised to stop tortures and even to pay a big sum of money. In case I agreed, he planned to free me from detention as a “hero”. After that, I had to assist in capturing the commander of my squadron senior lieutenant T. I refused to do that…”

35. Mykola I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 776 days)

“…While being captive, I was regularly tortured and beaten in my head, legs, and back. They demanded that I say right to the camera that servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine were involved in the crimes against the people of the Donbass. A former deputy of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine Zhuravko O.V. was personally filming that, and he gave me the text which he had written. To his opinion, I was reading the text in a temperate manner, so he ordered to punch me in the face several times, which was done by the members of the so-called “MGB DPR”…

36. Yevhen Ch. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1047 days)

“…In February 2015, while I was fulfilling a combat mission to support infantry squads of the Armed forces of Ukraine, I was taken prisoner by a group of Russian militants – members of illegal armed groups.

During interrogations in the so-called “MGB DPR” they knocked my teeth out, and this was done in the presence of the “DPR Defense Minister” Kononov. By resorting to physical abuse and threats (they threatened to kill my mother and to rape my sister), they made me give a fake interview and say that I refused from prisoner exchange and wished to stay in the “DPR”. Two officers of the Russian Federation secret services (they spoke with a strongly marked “Moscow” accent) participated in the tortures…”

37. Oleksandr L. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1083 days)

In February 2015 we fell into the ambush near the village Logvinovo of Donetsk region. The road was blocked with the ammunition boxes, the anti-tank mines were planting around them so it was impossible to turn back the car and go in the opposite direction. When the car stopped they began firing. My right hand finger was wounded with shrapnel and I got a bullet wound in my right hand. Having left the car, I crawled away as far as possible. They stopped firing. Someone struck on my helmet and said: “Don’t move or you’ll be shot down”.
We were motionless when the militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR confiscated our arms, documents, helmets, bullet-proof vests and cut off our insignia

They gave me order to get the killed serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine out of the overturned KAMAZ that was under bombardment, put him into the shell-hole and lie down with him to be shot. The terrorists fired the machine guns over head and had a laugh. Approximately half an hour later car URAL arrived to take us. When we were approaching the car, one old man came to us. The militants from the illegal armed unit of DNR exclaimed:” Grandpa, they are those Yanks who fired at you”. This old man took a stick that looked like a spade handle and started hitting my head with it until it broke. While I was climbing the lorry they struck blows on my back and my legs with a gun butt. In the car I was lying on the floor.

We arrived into one village where they moved us into the luggage boot of another car and put us in fetters. They brought us to Maiskaia street where the Nova Poshta former branch office once was situated and now it was occupied by the unit of Russian terrorists of Don Cossacks. They beat and interrogated us. When a man in charge of the illegal armed unit under the call name OPER arrived, they already knew that one of the Ukrainian serviceman had been decorated with the order of Bohdan Khmelnitskyi Third Class. He and some other wounded soldiers were shot by OPER’s order.
I was interrogated by OPER in 10 persons’ presence. Then they forced us to grant interview to Live News. The journalists of this channel gave us text which stated that units of the Armed forces of Ukraine were not activated, that special blocking teams opened fire targeting those soldiers who were going to retreat. After our conversation with the journalists we were imprisoned in the basement of the unknown building where the militants from the illegal armed unit of the DPR call named Cheka, Shchuka, Milioner, Tesak and commandant Botsman used to beat and humiliate us…”

38. Mykola N. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 647 days)

“…I was taken captive in March 2015. That day I was buying some milk from a local resident of Zaitsevo settlement in Donetsk region who lived near our fighting position. I tasted milk before buying and then lost consciousness. When I regained consciousness I could not understand where I was and saw an armed person beside me. I took him for a friendly person. When we came in the building and started talking I realized that I was in captivity of the terrorists. They beat me and put into the car and brought as I suppose to Horlivka. There they again beat me and interrogated. The same day they brought me to Donetsk and put into the building of the former regional department of SBU where they were keeping me for a month. After my arriving there they interrogated and beat me. In the course of interrogation the terrorists tried to get information about the location of our artillery and equipment. On the third day of my captivity in the building of the former regional department of SBU in Donetsk they took me to the interrogation where they gave me the text of an interview and made me read it on video camera. Hudiakov Yevhen, the senior lieutenant was the person who with extreme cruelty tortured me and other Ukrainian captives”…

39. Taras G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 279 days)

“…I was taken captive when conducting combat operations – reconnaissance and determination of the hostile fire units’ location. However the adversary started shelling our group. As I had disoriented myself afield, I fell down into the entrenchment with two terrorists inside it (they were Don Cossacks). When I was trying to use my personal weapon, the third terrorist, who had approached me from behind, hit me at my back. They took away my machine gun, tied my hands and brought me to their APC-60 that carried us to Kalynove settlement. When they detained me and were transporting me to the place of destination they were constantly beating me with their upper and lower limbs and a knife handle. In Kalynove settlement I was interrogated by “the chief of the 6th motor rifle unit” call named “Poltinnik”. He wanted to get to know the information concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian AF units, artillery, provisions supply battalions, weapons and equipment.

In the course of interrogations and “by his order”, his subordinates (Don Cossacks) were beating me. Then I was taken to the “military commandant’s office” (located in 40, Gastello str., Artemivk district of Luhansk). I was brought into a one-place room there situated in the basement. On the same day I was taken for interrogations by 9 “persons”, 6

of them were “guards”, three others conducted interrogations. They were hiding their faces and called themselves “russkiie (Russians)”. When interrogated, I understood they were from “Kupol (dome) or K unit”. Some of them had a sleeve insignia that looked like a split church dome against the black colored background with no inscriptions. “Kupols” interrogated me twice or thrice a day exerting physical pressure upon me, using an electric shocker, applying electric current from the “TA -57” telephone set and beat me with rubber truncheons. They did these things with the aim to make me confess to my having been involved in favoring the activities of secret services of Ukraine, the SSU in particular. They abused and tortured me when I refused to learn or say aloud the text that had been given to me during another interrogation while they were taping videos for the occupational Mass Media.

While carrying out household activities (cleaning premises etc.), I got an opportunity to learn the list of IAF representatives who served in the “military commandant’s office” in 40, Gastello str., Artemivsk district of Luhansk (their leave and duty rosters etc.) and were involved in torturing Ukrainian captives:

— “commandant, lieutenant colonel” Zhyronkin Leonid Oleksandrovych (according to other IAF members, a former SSU employee);

— “chief of staff, major” Navrotsky Viacheslav Ivanovych;
— “deputy commander for morale & welfare, lieutenant” Kyryliuk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (has got a coloured tattoo of a scorpi on his right shoulder);

— “lieutenant” Akhmetshyn Oleksandr Yuriiovych;
— “lieutenant” Koshelenko Serhii Romanovych (“Kosheliok”);

— “warrant officer” Bazalii Hennadii Serhiiovych (“Baza”), who took part in “combat actions” with call name “Malysh” (approximately in 2015);

— “chief of military detention, senior warrant officer” Protas Andrii Serhiiovych, who took part in “combat actions” of 2014, then served as a “personal guard’ of Plotnytsky;

— “chief of the department of crime prevention, senior lieutenant” Sorokina Liubov Semenivna;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Grachova Yuliia Yevheniivna. Her husband’s father was “the LPR military commandant, colonel” Grachov;

— “officer of the department of crime prevention, lieutenant” Leonov Serhii Hryhorovych;

— “senior lieutenant” Turkin Hennadii Mykolaiovych (“Afgan”), was

transferred to “the 2nd RF AF AC staff” presumably to the “department of morale and welfare”;

— “in charge of armament, deputy commandant, colonel” Synelnyk Volodymyr Vasyliovych (is over weight);

— “captain, assistant commandant for support (since September of 2017) ”Honcharov Yevhen Valentynovych (has got a mustache), in December of 2017 he was shifted to the “commandant’s office” of Zhovtnevyi district in Luhansk;

— “lieutenant” Bublyk Oleksii Volodymyrovych (or Mykolaiovych);

— “senior lieutenant, chief of the commandant’s platoon, assistant commandant for support (since December of 2017)” Kalinin Vitalii Vasyliovych;

— “soldier ”Bozhenko Oleksii Hennadiiovych (is overweight);
— “soldier” Kravtsov Andrii Yuriiovych, has got a tattoo of a canopy on his shoulder typical of paratroopers and a tattoo with “Za VDV (For air borne forces)” inscription on his little finger;

— “senior soldier (probably, sergeant)” Handzii Serhii;
— “lieutenant (probably, senior lieutenant), chief of staff deputy” Korotukhin Oleksii (Artem)…

40. Volodymyr G. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 739 days)

“…Immediately after being taken captive my uniform, military card and belongings were taken way, I was left just in my underclothes. In some a minivan arrived at the checkpoint and in 15-20 minutes I was taken to the basement of an unknown building. There I was tortured and threatened of being killed. Tortures went on for the whole night. In the morning, with a plastic bag on my head, I was transferred to the premises of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department, where there was the so-called “DPR commandant’s headquarters”(commandant – colonel of the Russian Federation Armed forces, call-name “Nos”, food supplies unit chief – captain of the Russian Federation Armed forces, surname Kotov (according to militants).

In half a year all the captives, who were at the “commandant’s headquarters” (34 men) were transferred to prison in Makiivka – (western correctional facility), in which we stayed until released from captivity. In September 2017, about a year and a half after I was taken captive, the detention center was visited by the representatives of the so-called “investigative department of DPR General Prosecutor’s office”. They charged me with “collaboration with terrorists”. I denied “the charges”, and that was included into the “transcript of interrogation”.

While I was in captivity I suffered grievous bodily harm: my two left ribs were broken, I had a left ear contusion as a result of beatings and after a shot was made close to the left side of my head…”

41. Oleksandr T. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 702 days)

“After taken captive I was transferred to the township of Mykolaivka and handed over to the representatives of Russian armed terrorist group “3rd battalion of Slavic brigade” – to the “colonel with a call-name “Starshina” and to his aid with a call-name “Mal’ok”. I was immediately hit into the face with a submachine gun butt, then I was kicked, beaten with rubber truncheons and I was unable to cover myself as I was handcuffed. I lost consciousness of pain and came to myself in Donetsk. I was imprisoned in “military unit 08816” (Donetsk, Molodizhna street). In Donetsk I was interrogated by an employee of FSB of RF and by employees of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”. Interrogations were conducted according to one scenario – at first they forced to confess of crimes against civilians and then they beat me cruelly – my rib was broken and I had my teeth knocked out…”

42. Mykola H. (a serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 1051 days)

“…I was illegally kept imprisoned in the prison of Russian terrorists “correctional facility #97” in Makiivka, Donetsk oblast. All this time they either forced me to sign the “confession of crimes against Donetsk people” or suggested joining the militants of illegal armed groups. They didn’t hide the fact that though the salary of militants was not high, they could loot the locals, suspected of having sympathy towards Ukraine, without being punished. I suffered from physical and psychological tortures. I was regularly tortured by Shapovalov A.A. – “deputy head of imprisonment sector”, call-name “Nimets” (I recognize him in picture #67)…

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES of UKRAINE

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EVIDENCE OF UKRAINIAN CITIZENS WHO WERE HELD CAPTIVE BY RUSSIAN TERRORIST GROUPS ON THE ORDLO TERRITORIES, ON THE MILITARY AGGRESSION OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AGAINST UKRAINE, INHUMAN DETENTION CONDITIONS, PHYSICAL ABUSE, TORTURE AND MORAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HUMILIATION

1. Oleksandr D. (civilian, was held captive for 905 days)

“… At the end of 2015 I was taken prisoner by pro-Russian militiamen for an attempted “illegal crossing of the border” between Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk Oblast, near Heorhiivka. I was brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department on Bauman street. I was photographed, and my interrogation was captured on video. The interrogation was conducted by a representative of the so-called “Counterintelligence Department of the DPR State Security Ministry (MGB DPR)” (I recognize him on photo #140), and the “head of the Military Counterintelligence Department”, call- name “David”, who was personally in charge of interrogations and beatings of the hostages (I recognize him on photo #167). Besides, on photo #79 I have identified a pro-Russian militiaman, an “armed escort member” who guarded the hostages kept in the fuel and lubricant warehouse. In six months, I was transferred to the basement of Donetsk Regional State Administration building. During two months I was held captive in some office room, and three months later I was transferred to the prison camp #97 in Makiivka.

While being illegally held captive, I was beaten severely and deprived of food many times. They organized mock executions, firing weapons at me. The “commanding officer of the DPR separate commandant’s regiment” V. Anosov and his wife “major” Anosova were particularly cruel – they regularly tortured the hostages and captive servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and abused their dignity…”

2-3. Artem A. and Vladyslav O. (civilians, were held captive for 444 days)

“…We were taken prisoners by the so-called “officers of the MGB DPR” in the Teatralna Square in October 2016, in full view of dozens of people, and were brought to the building of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department (79 Radianska Str., Luhansk). The terrorists accused us of having been in contact with servicemen of the Armed forces of Ukraine, and with volunteers from “Asov Battalion”, to whom we communicated

information on the disposition of units the Russian Federation regular troops on the temporarily occupied territories in Luhansk Oblast. Besides, they found a video of burning a flag of the so-called “LPR” in Vladyslav’s telephone.

Starting with the first interrogation, which lasted from 12:00 to 22:00, we were both beaten and underwent psychological pressure (threats, humiliations). Physical abuse (beatings, electric shocks, suffocation using plastic bags) and threats to cut off limbs, fingers in particular, are a key tool in the activities of the so-called “MGB LPR”, and each of us experienced them.

Later we were convicted of “treason through conniving [with the enemy]” and “desecration of the state symbols of the LPR”.

The fake trial was organized personally by the following supporters of terrorists: the “LPR Military Tribunal judge” Lunha A.H., the clerk of the court Dokukina L.I., Deputy Head of the Department of Prosecutor-General’s Office of LPR Kozlov M.V.”.

Among those who personally tortured Ukrainian hostages, and were involved in our illegal detention, are the ones whom we recognize in the photos: Rohovenko S. (call-name “Tunhuz”, a former law- enforcement officer, currently an “officer of the MGB LPR”); Kovaliov L., a “Major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Borets”; Denys, call-name ”John”, an “officer of the MGB LPR”, graduated from Luhansk National Agrarian University; “major of justice” Manuilova Yu., a “forensic specialist of the MGB LPR Investigative Department”, a former officer of the Investigative Branch of Luhansk Regional Department of the Ministry of the Interior of Ukraine”; “colonel of justice” Petrenko B., currently “head of the MGB LPR Investigative Arm”, a former officer of the SSU Luhansk Regional Department; “major of the MGB LPR”, call-name “Frol”, who tortured the hostages with obsessive cruelty. Besides, the “officer of the MGB LPR” Denys, call-name ”John” (I would guess he is 25 years old, 180 -185 cm in height, fair-haired, has a tattoo “За ВДВ” on his left hand) repeatedly persuaded us to commit a terrorist act on the territory of Ukraine in exchange for a possibility to return to Luhansk…”

4. Valerii R. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 890 days)

“…At the beginning of April 2016, when the convoy was moving to the place of rotation, we were ambushed; as a result of it our car (the last in the convoy) was damaged by the anti -armor grenade launcher and seized by Russian terrorists. I was taken to the occupied territory by the militants and brought to the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department

situated in Bauman street. At once I was accused of having conducted terrorist activities on the territory of Donetsk oblast. In the course of interrogations which were held 2-3 times a week I coerced psychological pressure (they beat me with legs and a rubber stick; they applied a current from my old mobile phone), they promised to cut off my arms. The staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security took away my mobile phone; they presumably called my brother from it and informed him of my having deserted to terrorists. Moreover, they called my niece and threatened her with physical violence. The terrorists employed tortures against a captured serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine call named “R” by means of filing his teeth; they stabbed both legs of a Ukraine’s AF serviceman call named “H”.

For three months I had been held in the basement of the former SSU Donetsk Regional Department and then I was taken to the prison settlement #97 in Makiivka. In October 2017, I was attended by the DPR Ministry of State Security investigators who accused me of “having aided terrorists and adjusted fire” and “promised” to imprison me for 20-30 years…”.

5. Oleksandr F. (a civilian, was held captive for 723 days)

“… I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security in Makiivka of Donetsk Oblast. They found symbols of Ukraine and the EU in the course of a search that resulted in my being captured. Soon afterwards I was brought to the room #302 in the building of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security (Donetsk, Shevchenko str., 26), where I was interrogated for the first time and coerced beatings and intimidation. I was interrogated by the following “special investigative agents”: Horbokon (call named “Niemets”), Biloborodko (call named “Monomakh”) and Yefimovych who demanded that I should confirm my membership in Ukrainian patriotic organizations. I was held captive by the DPR Ministry of State Security bodies for three months; first I was held in a non-heated lock- up garage (though it was winter), then I was brought to the former archives office that had been turned into a torture chamber by terrorists. The guards and the staff of the DPR Ministry of State Security abused hostages all the time (beat them with their hands, legs and rubber cues). Trubitsyn, “the chief” of the pre -trial detention center, and Kholin, “a criminal investigative agent”, turned to be the cruelest.

In August 2016, I was convicted by Donetsk inter -regional court in Makiivka, then by the DPR court martial. I remember the representatives of prosecution involved in fraud for obtaining judgment: Kilkieev and Orlova, investigators, Maksymova, a judge in Makiivka, Strateichuk and Odegov, court martial judges, Serhieev and Maksymov, the prosecutors. Mykyta

Kiosev (the head of “Moloda Respublika (Young Republic)” terrorist civil organization) and Hryhorii Zinovyk (a functionary of the students’ trade-union committee), considered informants and provocateurs, as well as the above mentioned “criminal investigative agents of the DPR Ministry of State Security” acted as witnesses.

I served my “sentence” in the penitentiary #27 (Horlivka, Nemyrovych-Danchenko str.). I was tortured there personally by Oleksandr Liashenko, “the head of penitentiary”, his relative and “the deputy head” at the same time Dmytro Liashenko and Dmytro Verych, a “criminal investigative agent”. Just before the hostage handover, on December 25, 2017 in particular, the Liashenkos, being drunken sadists, beat and abused me from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m.…”.

6. Oleksandr A. (a civilian, was held captive for 848 days)

“… I was taken hostage by the representatives of the armed Russian-terrorist group “Sparta” and the so-called “military police officers” who accused me of “treason against DPR”. For some time, I was held in a basement, where I was interrogated five times. Each interrogation had lasted on average for about two or three hours. At the same time, I was subjected to physical abuse – I was beaten with hands, legs, rubber truncheons and a butt of an assault rifle. As a result of a torture, I was left disabled. One of the interrogations was filmed by a “blogger” Zhurabka for the Russian agitation visual. Later, I and other hostages were attended by representatives of Russian TV channels “NTV” and “Russia 24” who interviewed prisoners and filmed the conditions of their compulsory detention. At the same time, “journalists” instructed the hostages to give them the correct answers.

The main torture chamber of the “DPR” was located in the premises of the former archive of the Donetsk SSU Department, which was captured by terrorists in 2014. The hostages were placed on the racks for paper; there was no lavatory, linen and running water. Only in two years’ time terrorists finally legalized my detention: by the decision of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the DPR “a preventive measure in the form of keeping in custody was taken against me”. At the same time, I was banned from legal counsel and they refused to grant me visiting permits.

Among the terrorists in the photo, I can recognize those who tortured me and other hostages. One of them is the head of the 3rd DPR Intelligence Department with a call-name Zaiats (he personally conducted interrogations in the presence of two officers of the RF secret services, who asked questions concerning the deployment of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the area of anti-terrorist operation, the number of personnel and military machinery); another one is Artem, Zaiats’s subordinate, a former employee

of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, who previously served in one of Donetsk regional police departments (he is mercantile and interested in personal enrichment); the third one is Zombi (he used to be a dog handler in Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs special police force “Berkut”)…

7. Denys B. (a civilian, was held captive for 390 days)

“… At the exit of my house, I was knocked down, put a sack on my head and handcuffed. I was also charged with “betrayal of my homeland and “Russkaia vesna” ideals” as well as espionage in favour of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In the building of the “DPR Ministry of State Security” in Donetsk (26, Shevchenko St.) they tortured me and smothered me with a plastic bag until they got to know my Twitter account password. They threatened me with physical abuse – to cut off my limbs, to rape me, to execute me by shooting or bury me alive in a pit in a forest. I was also subjected to all sorts of humiliation and threatened to be put into a lime pit. All the torturers were wearing masks (balaklavas), but during the interrogation I heard one terrorist’s call-name – “Yakut”.

On the basis of evidence extracted from me under torture I was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the so- called “Supreme Court of DPR”. People, personally liable for my unlawful imprisonment and fabrication of my criminal case are: Yamanko, a crime scene investigator working for the “DPR Ministry of State Security”; “judges” Tokarenko, Strateichuk and Odehov; Idiatulin, DPR Ministry of State Security criminal investigator; and Bairachnyi, deputy Prosecutor General of DPR.

8. Roman S. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 189 days)

“Our security checkpoint was attacked by a sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Russian occupational troops. There were 16 men there, all dressed in the uniform of the Russian Army. Three Ukrainian fighters were killed and I was taken captive during the fight. I was kept prisoner at the high security prison # 97 (Makiyivka, Donetsk oblast). I was frequently tortured during interrogations. Once I was interrogated by O. Zakharchenko in person. That was hardly an interrogation – swear words, shouting and intimidation of sexual assaults all the time; I think he was under drugs. After the interrogation Zakharchenko ordered his inferiors to kill me (it was a mock execution). I don’t know where exactly the interrogation took place because while in captivity I was always transported with a sack on my head”…

9. Serhii S. (civilian, was held captive for 448 days)

“…I was detained by the militants of illegal armed groups of the so called “LPR” in September 2016 while crossing the delimitation line. They accused

me of cooperation with the Armed forces of Ukraine. All the time I was kept in the basement of the former building of SSU regional department in Luhansk oblast. On the premises of that building there were stationed not only local militants but also the units of the RF Army, including officers of the Russian military intelligence (I saw them and heard their conversations). I was interrogated several times. All the interrogations were held with the use of physical violence, they tortured me using electric current, kicked me and humiliated. I was a witness to a murder of one of the captives – Andrij K. – by the “LPR” militants…

10. Ihor S. (a civilian, was held captive for 824 days)

“…I was taken captive by the staff of the so-called DPR Ministry of State Security and the RF Federal Security Service in my home city of Donetsk. I didn’t know the reason for my being taken captive. In two months’ time I got to know that I had been charged with espionage. For two years I had been held illegally in the “pretrial detention centre of the DPR Ministry of State Security” (located in Kobozev street, 4) . After the trial that looked like the one of Stalin’s epoch of the thirties, the previous century, I was imprisoned in the penitentiary #32 of Donetsk oblast. Shaipov, the so-called DPR deputy prosecutor, and Kilkeev, an investigator, were involved in framing up a criminal case against me.

The convoy from the DPR Ministry of State Security staff accompanied me to the interrogations. There were five representatives of the RF Federal Security Service (the group called “Hosti (guests)”) who conducted interrogations in the DPR Ministry of State Security building in Shevchenko boulevard. When interrogated I coerced physical and psychological pressure: they tortured me a lot and threatened both me and my family members…”

11. Halyna H. (civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…I worked in the local Municipal Polyclinic. In October 2016, the Chief Doctor called me into his office, where there were present two members of the “MGB DPR”. In their identity documents there were only photographs without any identification data. Further I learned that one man’s name was Vitalii, call-name “Shved” (“Swede”), and another man’s name was Dmytro.

They searched my workplace and visually inspected my mobile phone. They also searched my house and confiscated my computer equipment. I was charged with pro-Ukrainian views.

“Shved” and his colleague brought me to the “MGB DPR” (Tarasa Shevchenka Str., Donetsk). I was interrogated for about an hour by an “MGB DPR” investigator A. Lozinskyi. During interrogations I underwent a

polygraph test. The polygraphist – a Russian Federation citizen – asked me about my attitude toward Ukraine, and about my help to the Armed forces of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine. I was illegally detained on the premises of the “Izoliatsia” factory (4 Svietloho Puti Str.; a person named Denys Pavlovych, call-name “Pershyi’ (“First”), was in charge of that “MGB DPR base”); later I was transferred to the “MGB DPR” detention unit (Kobazeva Str., Donetsk).

We were kept in appalling conditions, there were no showers and lavatories; they would lock us in a so-called “jar” (tiny room), and in an isolation ward (a 1,5 by 2 m room equipped with video cameras) without windows, where blue color light was on 24 hours a day.

While being held captive I was tortured by electric shocks – they tied me to a metal table with an adhesive tape, put a sack on my head, and attached electrodes to my toes. They also resorted to psychological pressure. They threatened to take my husband to “MGB”. While I was in custody, I was involved in farm work on the premises of the factory – I tended for animals; I also had to tidy up the territory, and to unload vehicles.

In November 2017 I was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment by the “DPR military tribunal”. I was provided with a lawyer, who regularly conducted negotiations with my children offering them to pay USD 1000 for my release from prison. Shortly before the court hearing, they replaced the lawyer with Sh.; she got USD 500 for members of the “MGB DPR” who allegedly put me in the exchange of captives’ list…”

12. Oleksii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 1091 days)

“… In December 2014 during my trip to Torez, Donetsk oblast, I was arrested at the checkpoint by persons, related to the so-called “Russian Cossacks”. I was accused of allegedly taking part in the revolutionary events that took place on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv, and of allegedly being a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. None of the accusations is true.

For almost two months I had been kept in a street pit on the territory of the former Torez fire-fighting department and then I was transported to the basement of the former SSU building in Donetsk oblast (the base of the so-called “DPR Ministry of State Security”). While in captivity, I was repeatedly interrogated by the representatives of the so-called “Public Prosecutor’s office” and “the DPR Ministry of State Security”: terrorists with the call-names “Ded”, “Iskander”, “Belaz”, “Yusik” (who have been recognized in the photo) . During interrogations, which lasted for about two hours, I was subjected to tortures and other means of physical pressure. I was tortured with an electric current and beaten with various wooden and iron objects. My sister received telephone threats from the representatives of the

DPR Ministry of State Security, who suggested her paying the ransom of 50 thousand dollars for my release…”

13. Anatolii K. (a civilian, was held captive for 440 days)

“…While passing the so- called “grey zone” along Popasna-Pervomaisk highway on a bicycle, I was detained by the commander of the Russian terrorist battalion named after Platov (by the surname of Snohii) and his subordinates for allegedly carrying out reconnaissance activities. During my illegal captivity I was alternately kept at the headquarters of the illegal armed group named after Platov in Stahanov (the building of the Taxation office seized by terrorists), in “the LPR military police office” and in the pre-trial detention centre #3 of Krasnolutsk penitentiary #19.On trumped-up charges of “treason against LPR” I was sentenced to 13 years in prison (by Berestenko Yuliia, the judge of the LPR Ministry of State Security).

While in captivity, I was repeatedly subjected to battering, shooting imitations, abuse, intimidation, electric torture etc. They constantly threatened me to arrest my wife. In addition, when I was in “the LPR military police punishment cell”, I witnessed a captive, who was a Ukraine’s Armed Forces serviceman, being tortured: he was brought unconscious and was tortured for 24 hours…”

14. Hryhorii S. (civilian, was held captive for 391 days)

“In December 2016, when I was going home, some masked strangers knocked me down, put a sack on my head and brought me to the building of former of Donetsk militia department. There the so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” Harkovenko, Tymchak, Tserkovnikov and Tsukanov D.V., altogether with their chief Zaharov applied physical tortures (beatings and electrocution, threats of killing) and psychological pressure (threats to kill my relatives). During the interrogation the “LPR Ministry of Interior investigator” Hainutdynov forced me to sign prepared by him documents: a waiver of counsel, permit to conduct the search in my apartment and a surrender, in which I “confessed” of acts of sabotage on the territory of Donetsk (blowing up electricity supply networks, monument to Lenin and kiosks; preparations to blow up Donetsk TV tower and espionage for the benefit of Ukraine).
After that my “confessions” of aiding Ukrainian security services and my alleged acts of sabotage and blow-ups were filmed. I was taken to the forests where I had to show the hiding places with explosive materials. I was in advance instructed by the named above so-called “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” on where and what to show and what to say in the video.

Personal responsibility for committed against me crimes is on the “employees of DPR General Prosecutor’s office” Klimenko, Kartseva and Lastovytska – in collusion with “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior” they did acts aimed at my illegal detention in custody and non-disclosure of facts of tortures; the physician-in-chief of Donetsk regional Diagnostic Center Momot, who refused to issue documents to certify the traumas I got after being tortured by the “officers of LPR Ministry of Interior”; Khalabuzar – the chief of the detention center who destroyed the documents certifying my serious condition after interrogations by the “officers of the LPR Ministry of Interior”… .

15. Maxim I. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 737 days)

“On capturing me the militants pierced my leg with a submachine gun ramrod and broke my right thumb. Though I was in pain, they took me to the basement of some building and continued to beat me (they fractured my skull, broke my ribs, knocked out my tooth and cut my chin badly.

Then I was moved to Donetsk, where I and my comrades-in-arms were beaten and imprisoned in the former building of the SSU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast at Shchorsa street. We were left without any food for 3 days.

The first interrogation was conducted by a man who told me that he was a serviceman of the RF Armed forces. Some days later he was joined by two more men. As it turned out then, both were from Rostov-on-Don, RF. These particular men were the cruelest at torturing Ukrainian captives.
I know that on December 29, 2015 a Ukrainian serviceman was killed – beaten to death – in the building where I was illegally kept…”

16. Volodymyr B. (serviceman of the Armed forces of Ukraine, was held captive for 711 days)

“… For the first six months I was held captive in the basement of former building of SBU Regional Department in Donetsk oblast, which was taken by militants, then I was at the so-called “DPR commandant’s office”. Since July 2016 I was illegally imprisoned in the cell of colony #97 at Makiivka. I will remember atrocity and cruelty I experienced there for all my life. I nearly lost my mind because of all the tortures, but psychological pressure was even more scaring than physical violence. Once the militants bro