Ukrainians taken captive by Russia say they were held in brutal conditions: ‘Everyone was beaten’

7/3/2022 7:01:00 PM

One Ukrainian soldier captured during Russia’s invasion says “everyone was beaten” and that prisoners were given just a spoonful of oatmeal and a few tablespoons of water a day.

One Ukrainian soldier captured during Russia’s invasion says “everyone was beaten” and that prisoners were given just a spoonful of oatmeal and a few tablespoons of water a day.

“My ward neighbors had shrapnel in their bodies. Russians even didn’t pull them out — they were just rebandaging their wounds and their limbs continued to rot,” one Ukrainian marine said.

July 3, 2022, 8:30 AM UTC By and Ali Arouzi ODESA, Ukraine — Torture, beatings and neglect: Ukrainian service members captured during Russia’s invasion may be lucky to be back home alive, but their physical and emotional scars could plague them for years.Follow Us.Russia is accused of holding eight Ukrainian mayors captive amid the war between the two Eastern European countries, according to an organization of mayors in Ukraine.Now its people are preparing to defend their community again as the fighting draws closer and invites a major battle.

One such soldier is Mykhaylo, 20, who said he hadn’t finished his military training when attack helicopters swarmed Hostomel airport near the nation’s capital, Kyiv, where he was preparing to be deployed.It was Feb.25, the day after Russia invaded.Details about where the mayors were being held or their condition remained unknown, but their capture has sparked allegations of war crimes from Ukrainian authorities.After an intense battle, he said his fighting group had little choice but to surrender and he was taken captive.He told NBC News that he and his comrades were held in a few locations around the airport before being transferred to a bomb shelter in a fire station.Now, eight years after their city was last occupied, the war has returned.

He was held with both military personnel and civilians, 34 people in total, he said.Ukrainian flag in Washington, D.The oldest prisoner was a 70-year-old man, who had been taken captive after he admitted to having military identification, he said.Mykhaylo, 20, said he was held in a few locations after being captured by Russian forces.Supplied to NBC News “Everyone was beaten,” said Mykhaylo who, like many other soldiers, requested that his last name be withheld for security reasons because he planned to rejoin the fight once he has finished recuperating.Samuel Corum/Getty Images The most recent alleged abduction was of Petro Zbarovskyi, the head of the Novotroitsky village on Friday.After they were captured, he said, “food was tight” and the prisoners of war were provided with just a spoonful of oatmeal and just a few tablespoons of water a day.The brief occupation in 2014 terrorized Slovyansk, where dozens of officials and journalists were taken hostage, and several killings took place.

The Russians “explained this by the fact that they also lacked provisions,” he said at the Forest Valley rehabilitation center on the outskirts of Kyiv.Mykahlo is not alone."The Association of Cities of Ukraine continues to appeal to international organizations for the protection of local government officials captured by the Russian aggressor and calls on everyone to join in their release," the association wrote in a press release calling for the mayors' releases.On Wednesday, 144 Ukrainian soldiers were released as part of a prisoner exchange -- the largest since the start of the war.There have been several prisoner exchanges, Ukraine’s military intelligence agency, known by the acronym GUR, said in a statement on Telegram.While neither side will give exact numbers, both sides are believed to have captured thousands during the four-month-old war.On the other hand, it is more difficult for us since we’ve been living like this for eight years in a suspended condition.

Despite initially losing control of Hostomel airport, a key staging point for a Russian attack on Kyiv, Ukrainian forces were eventually able to retake it and then push the invading troops out of the region around the capital.But that was too late for Mykahlo, who said he had already been captured.“The Russians were intent on extracting information,” said Mykhaylo, who said he spent two months in captivity before he was freed in the prisoner exchange.“They wanted to know about the type of weapons they had, specifically U.S.“I’m not pro-Russian, I’m not pro-Ukrainian.

Stinger and Javelin missiles,” he said.“But we didn’t have that.” A few days later, Mykhaylo said the prisoners were transferred to a “very cold” meat storage refrigerator before being bused to neighboring Belarus, a close ally of Russia’s, and then flown to Kursk in Russia.There, he said, they spent five nights in freezing temperatures in a tent before they were transferred to a detention facility in the city.“They took away our uniforms, beat us up, put us in cells and started to take us for interrogations,” he said, adding that every morning they were routinely made to sing the Russian national anthem.“They kneel to that Biden — may he die!” exclaimed his neighbor, Tatyana, referring to U.

In many ways, however, Mykhaylo said he was lucky compared to some of the other prisoners, both civilians and service members, who suffered far worse punishments.He said one of his fellow prisoners told him “that they beat him on the kidneys, they beat him on the face, everywhere they could for an hour.” “When he slept, he was moaning all night long,” he added.“We wanted to help him in some way but we could not do anything.” Others who had tattoos with Ukrainian symbols “were beaten very badly,” he said." She said not enough was done after 2014 to punish people who collaborated with Russian proxies to prevent a repeat of the situation.

Ukrainian marine Hlib Stryzhko, 25, was among the fighters defending Mariupol, a city whose treatment at the hands of the Russian forces before it fell prompted disgust and outrage around the world and became a symbol of the Kremlin’s excesses.Speaking from his bed in the Forest Valley rehabilitation center, he said, he was defending a building April 10, when he turned his head and “saw a tank aiming at me.” “The peculiarity of tank shelling is that you don’t hear its coming,” he said.“It’s instant.” Then the “dust blinded my eyes,” he said, adding that he “started falling from the third floor to the ground and the rubble started to fall on me and cover me.Taking his cues from Ukraine's wartime leader, President Volodymyr Zelensky, the mayor has decorated his office with Ukrainian flags, anti-Russian symbols, portraits of national poets — even a biography of Winston Churchill.

” He said he broke his pelvis and jaw, and lost sight in his left eye.Although he was rescued by his comrades, with no way out of Mariupol, he said the only way to save his life was to get transferred to Russian custody.Ukrainian marine Hlib Stryzhko, 25, said he was transferred to Russia after he was seriously injured by tank shelling on April 10.Supplied to NBC News Stryzhko said he was taunted, denied medical care and given just enough food to keep him alive at the Russian medical facility.“My ward neighbors had shrapnel in their bodies.He encourages them to evacuate.

Russians even didn’t pull them out — they were just rebandaging their wounds and their limbs continued to rot,” he said.International law provides protection for prisoners of war, with the Geneva Conventions decreeing that they must be treated humanely, protected against acts of violence, as well as intimidation and insults.The detaining power is also required to supply prisoners of war who are being evacuated with sufficient food and water, and with the necessary clothing and medical attention.Russia’s Defense Ministry did not respond to a request for comment about the allegations of mistreatment of captured Ukrainian soldiers.Olena Vysotska, Ukraine’s deputy justice minister, said that prisoner exchanges have taken place once or twice a month.Ad The mayor says that shelling now occurs at least four or five times a day, and the use of cluster munitions has increased in the last week.

“We are very interested in such swaps, because we are very focused on the saving of lives of our military.Sometimes the people swapped are civilians, because the war is going on in our territory,” she said.Both Mykhaylo and Stryzhko were freed in late April.After being flown to a military airfield in Crimea, 18 days after he was transferred to Russia, Stryzhko said he was told he was going to be swapped before he was crudely loaded onto a military truck and taken to a hospital in Zaporizhzhia under Ukrainian control.“The driver of this truck came, knocked my chest and told us, ‘Relax guys now — you are in Ukraine,’” he said.“It is emotionally difficult.

“And at this moment, I started crying.I was very happy.” Lawahez Jabari Lawahez Jabari is a producer based in Tel Aviv.She has covered the Middle East conflict — on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides — for more than a decade.Ali Arouzi.The same building was bombed in 2014, when the shell left a gaping hole on the sixth floor, and many residents suffered broken bones.

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Did he expect 5 star hotel accommodation? No wonder Ukraine lost more than 20% of their land with a crybaby soldier like him. Well he looks healthy to me Abu Grave is their guide. That President was not impeached. Miguel_L71 “My ward neighbors had shrapnel in their bodies. Russians even didn’t pull them out — they were just rebandaging their wounds and their limbs continued to rot,” one Ukrainian marine said.”

He looks pretty fine to me and oh the Russian released him? Thought the Russians killed everyone on the spot? Did anyone expect any other behavior from the russians? aliarouzi He is alive and released while the Ukrainians torture, shit stab and burn the Russians prisoners as soon as they are captured

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