In addition, HRMMU documented damage to civilian houses in (armed-groupcontrolled) Pervomaisk caused by shelling on 23-24 August, and damages to civilian houses and infrastructure in (armedgroup-controlled) Kyivskyi district of Donetsk city during an escalation in hostilities on 5-6 November 2017. See also OSCE SMM documentation of civilian property damaged by shelling in (government-controlled) Marinka on 27 September and (armed-group-controlled) Yasynuvata on 29 September, available at http://www.osce.org/ukrainesmm/reports/.
For example, a civilian who participated in the May 2014 “referendum on the status of the Donetsk peoples’ republic” went missing after Ukrainian military, including the Aidar volunteer battalion, retook control of the area. His body was found in November 2014 with traces of gunshot wounds to the head. His family is not aware of any investigation conducted into his death.40 In another case, in July 2016, a man was found shot dead near his house in a village of Luhansk region controlled by armed groups. Neighbours had heard three shots in the preceding evening. There was an armed groups’ checkpoint nearby, manned by the ‘Brianka-USSR’ battalion. ‘Police’ of the ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ documented the death but reportedly failed to identify any perpetrators.Enlèvements avec torture avant de déposer leurs victimes dans les locaux du SBU (KGB ukrainien):
For example, on 16 April 2015, a former member of an armed group was detained in his home by armed men in balaclavas. Without introducing themselves or presenting a search warrant, they beat him, threatened him, and searched his house. They took the victim to a basement, which he believes was on the outskirts of Pokrovsk (formerly Krasnoarmiisk), where he was detained incommunicado, handcuffed to a metal safe which forced his body into a difficult position. He was interrogated and tortured by having water poured over his face, electrocutions, and beatings on his back and kidneys. The perpetrators made him sign documents and filmed a video confession. He was taken to the Kramatorsk SBU on 21 April 2015, where he was given more documents to sign. In November 2015, he was convicted of terrorism.Exactions commises par Secteur Droit:
On 10 January 2015, a resident of Pokrovsk was stopped in his car and detained by four armed men. They brought him to the Right Sector training camp near Velykomykhailivka (Dnipropetrovsk region), where he was detained in a basement and beaten with a truncheon for two days. The victim was held incommunicado until 14 May 2015, during which time he was illtreated and witnessed the death of another detainee
On 28 September 2017, a civilian man was taken off a bus at an internal checkpoint by armed men in camouflaged uniform and accused of affiliation with armed groups based on his social media pictures. He was transferred to a police station in Kreminna, where he was forced to strip to his underwear and stand in a cold room for two hours, with people walking in and out. He was beaten, threatened with rape and of being handed over to Azov battalion. Without access to a lawyer, he was forced to sign a statement, typed by an investigator, that he was a member of armed groups. The next day he was released.63 57. In December 2014, seven masked men armed with assault rifles, including several members of a volunteer battalion, broke into a private house in a town near the contact line. One perpetrator put a knife to the victim’s neck, who was eight months pregnant, and threatened to cut her throat if she screamed. He tied her hands and legs with rope and gagged her with a cloth wet with engine oil, causing her to suffocate. He also pointed a gun to her stomach threatening to shoot her baby. While one perpetrator demanded to know where the money and valuables were, another one sexually assaulted her by touching her breasts and genitals under her clothing, and a third man threatened her with gang rape. During this ordeal, the victim could hear her parents screaming in another room, causing additional suffering and reinforcing the threats. After seizing all the valuables and money, the men threatened to shoot the family if they reported the crime
“We will kill you now, and we will avoid any punishment for that.”