MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/. Russian servicemen, who returned home, told investigators about abuse they endured as prisoners of war in Ukraine.
The press service of Russia’s Investigative Committee told TASS on Monday that pre-investigation probes into these reports are being conducted.
"The Russian servicemen who as a result of a prisoner swap with the Ukrainian side were returned to the territory of the Russian Federation, told the Investigative Committee’s detectives about numerous instances of abuse they experienced," the press service said.
For example, one of them reported that Ukrainian servicemen tied his hands and feet and put a sack over his head for several days, beating him up the entire time. They questioned the Russian soldier and since they did not like his answers, they put a gun to his head and threatened to shoot and bury him. "The Ukrainian nationalists carried out the latter threat, tossing the prisoner into the bottom of a trench and throwing soil over him. The threat to his life was so real that he realized that he would live only after lying in this position for about five hours," the Investigative Committee said.
The servicemen who are undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at medical facilities cite other similar examples to the investigators. According to the agency, they all corroborate that the Ukrainians are violating the Geneva Convention’s provisions on the treatment of prisoners of war which forbid cruel and unusual punishment and torture.
"During the pre-investigation probes, the staff of the Investigative Committee will provide a legal assessment of each case of this kind," the committee concluded.