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Hostages & Torture

«each of them is prohibited from taking any measure of such a character as to cause the physical suffering … of protected persons in their hands. This prohibition applies not only to … torture … but also to any other measures of brutality whether applied by civilian or military agents.» Art. 32. P.3. IV Geneva Convention. 12.08.1949

«The taking of hostages is prohibited.» Art. 34. P.1. IV Geneva Convention. 12.08.1949

It is impossible to count how many civilians the Russians have captured and tortured.

Every day the world learns more and more about the horrors committed by Russian soldiers in Ukraine. No one is spared from their barbaric aggression, neither unarmed men, women or children. They are taking city deputies, journalists, and their relatives as hostages to try to pressure and silence Ukrainians from reporting Russia’s crimes.

Oleg survived three-day captivity. The Russians tortured him in the Kyiv regionOleg survived three-day captivity. The Russians tortured him in the Kyiv region
06/04/2022
Three-day captivity

The Russians tortured Oleg in the Kyiv region

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26/04/2022
Her dad almost lost his eyesight after beating.

17-years-old Mariupol resident Mariia Vdovychenko told about hiding in the basement and filtration camp after the evacuation

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02/04/2022
Three-day captivity

79-year-old journalist Yevhen Bal died after being captured and tortured by the occupiers

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02/04/2022
Prisoners of War

15 servicewomen returned from Russian captivity. The Russians tortured, mistreated them, and shaved their hair

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The Russians kidnapped the 75-year-old father of journalist Svitlana, editor of the Melitopol news site.
23/03/2022
Two-day captivity

The Russians have taken hostage the elderly father of journalist Svitlana Zalizetska and demanded her return to the occupied city

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In the Sumy region, the Russian occupiers kidnapped the owner of a local store, Igor.
21/03/2022
Tortured and robbed

In the Sumy region, the Russian occupiers kidnapped the owner of a local store, Igor. He was robbed and tortured

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The hospital is as of March 8. Volunteers could still come then. Photo: Oleksandr Belash
14/03/2022
400 hostages

The Russian military took doctors and patients hostage at the Regional Hospital for Intensive Care in Mariupol

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