Ukrainian Taken Hostage a Second Time by ‘DPR’
Separatists' hostage Hryhoriy Siiinchenko returned to occupied Donetsk to take revenge and was captured a second time. His mother told us his story. She suspects that her son staged a protest against torture in the occupied territory
A large prisoner swap between Ukraine and the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics took place in December 2017. Hryhoriy Sinchenko was among the 74 released Ukrainians. He was captured by militants when he arrived in Donetsk for medical documents, to confirm his disability. 2 years after release, his mother reported that Hryhoriy is again held captive by the so-called Ministry of State Security of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
“On October 31st, they brought him handcuffed, and with blood on his face, to a search of the apartment where my mother lives. This was not the first search. Before that, they arrived on October 27 — they were on the lookout for my son,” mother of the captive, Tetiana Hulevska-Sinchenko, said.
Tetiana does not know what is happening to her son. She thinks that he is seeking revenge. On October 27th the culprits published a video claiming responsibility for an explosion. They said it was planned to draw attention to the inhumane tortures in the basements of the DPR.
“As soon as he returned to Kyiv he told me about his intention to take revenge. In the Feofania clinical hospital, I asked one of the psychologists to pay attention to my son. The doctor answered that many people talk about such things, but rarely implement them. Therefore, the psychologist did not pay attention to my words,” she added.
Tetiana hopes that Hryhoriy will again be placed on the prisoners’ swap list. According to the latest data provided by the Security Service, 240 people are still being held captive in the occupied territories of Donbas, comprising both civilians and the military.
“We have to understand that all these figures are just the tip of the iceberg. We absolutely cannot imagine the real extent of abductions, tortures, and illegal imprisonment in the occupied territories,” the Head of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, Oleksandra Matviychuk, said.
The Civil Liberties Defense Center collects evidence of abduction and tortures to submit it to the international tribunal. Now there is a preliminary study of materials to qualify these crimes, as military.