LUGANSK, October 17. /TASS/. Eleven servicemen of the People’s Militia in the Lugansk People’s Republic have returned home after being held captive in Ukraine, the republic’s defense officials reported on Monday.
"Our 11 soldiers, our heroes, who survived Ukrainian captivity have been returned. During a 16-hour-trip, [the military] described the horrors of staying at camps for POWs in Ukraine, with beatings and torture, knocked out teeth, scars, and there are severe cases, too, including psychological pressure," Anna Soroka, an advisor to the LPR’s acting governor, said in a video posting on the LPR’s Telegram channel.
The servicemen were taken to a local hospital in Lugansk, where they will be examined by the doctors. Also, they will have to talk with LPR law enforcement officials. "If some scars are found on their bodies, it will be part of the criminal case," Soroka added.
The hospital’s chief doctor Oleg Volman said preliminary exams showed that the servicemen required no emergency medical treatment and that their condition was moderately serious.
The former prisoners of war said they had waited to be released "for five and a half to six months."
On Friday, LPR Human Rights Commissioner Viktoria Serdyukova told TASS that 10 LPR people’s militia fighters had returned home in a prisoner swap with Ukraine.