Lawyer of the Center for Strategic Affairs of the Ukrainian Helsinki Union for Human Rights Alina Pavlyuk has told about the shocking statistics on prisoners at a press conference in Kyiv today, a QHA journalist reports.
“During the period of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in eastern Ukraine, a total of 3,082 people have been liberated from the captivity,” she said.
Pavlyuk also showed a slide bearing a photo of a local resident, prisoner of war. According to her, one of the separatist websites of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic) reported that the detainee was allegedly tortured by soldiers of the National Guard of Ukraine. The stage photo shows a kneeling young man with a scar in the shape of a swastika on his back.
“Some 1,598 people liberated from the captivity of the militants in the east of Ukraine are military and security service officers, and 1,484 are civilians. According to the lawyer, a Ukrainian prisoner of war, caught in early September 2014, has been kept in a basement of pro-Russian gangs for the longest period (over 24 months), said Pavlyuk.
It was reported with reference to the head of the public organization "The Officer Corps," Colonel-General Vladimir Ruban, only in 2015, about 1,000 military and civilians were liberated with the support of the Centre for Humanitarian Assistance for the Release of Prisoners and Hostages in the ATO zone.