One of the servicemen reported that he was captured by superior enemy forces. Ukrainian servicemen tied his hands and feet, put a bag over his head and did not take it off for several days.
Russian servicemen who were returned to Russian territory as a result of the exchange of prisoners with the Ukrainian side told the investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee about the numerous facts of harassment against them.
“One of the servicemen reported that he was captured by superior enemy forces. Ukrainian servicemen tied his hands and feet, put a bag over his head and did not take it off for several days. During this time he was beaten. Unsatisfied with the answers they received to their questions, Ukrainian nationalists put a gun to his head and threatened to shoot and bury him. They carried out the last threat by throwing the prisoner to the bottom of the trench and covering him with earth,” says Svetlana Petrenko, an official representative of the Russian Investigative Committee.
The department noted that the beatings were so severe that only after lying in the grave for about 5 hours, the soldier woke up and realized that he was buried in dirt.
“Russian servicemen who are being treated and rehabilitated in medical facilities also tell investigators similar facts,” noted Petrenko.
She also emphasized that the testimonies of prisoners of war contained examples of how representatives of the Kyiv authorities violated the requirements of the Geneva Convention for the Treatment of Prisoners of War, which prohibits ill-treatment, torture and torture.
We remind you that earlier the Russian Investigative Committee announced the investigation of a number of criminal cases against Ukrainian nationalists who were shooting passers-by and cyclists on the streets of Mariupol. They testified but did not seem at all remorseful for their actions.
The Investigative Committee, together with the operational services of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the FSB of Russia, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, continue to identify Ukrainian nationalists involved in the torture and killing of civilians, as well as Russian servicemen who were captured.
It should be noted that to date the investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee have completed the investigation of 116 criminal cases against Ukrainian servicemen, of which 104 criminal cases have been sent to the main prosecutor’s offices of the DPR and LPR.