Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
7th June, 2016
According to intelligence reports, in Avdeevka, a fighter from the 16th punitive Ukrainian battalion was subjected to severe torture for talking on a cell phone with relatives living in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, said Eduard Basurin to reporters.
“We have established that on the territory of a concrete structure plant in Avdeevka, a soldier from the 16th battalion of the 58th UAF brigade – Sergey Vyacheslavovich Kondratyuk – was illegally detained, who is suspected of cooperating with the DPR, just because he was speaking by phone with relatives from the territory of the Donetsk Republic. The detainee was brutally tortured – his fingers were heavily damaged by a hammer,” said Basurin.
According to him, this case is not the first one in the ranks of the 16th battalion, but the 58th brigade command just recently became aware of numerous cases of ill-treatment by commanders towards their subordinates. Currently, internal closed proceedings are being conducted in the brigade, but its leadership doesn’t want to report the incident to higher headquarters, and especially to let this outrageous behaviour to be highlighted in the press.
“If they so sadistically torture their subordinates, then what can we say about the shelling under their orders of residential areas of settlements of the Republic and the killing of peaceful civilians in the DPR. It is exactly because of these kinds of flayers that the war doesn’t stop on the land of Donbass,” stressed the representative of the operational command.