Russia Holding Over 20,000 Ukrainians Captive
Russia is holding more than 20,000 Ukrainian civilians hostage, according to Ukrainian parliament Human Rights Commissioner Dmytro Lubinets, Deutsche Welle reported on June 2. These captives were taken from the regions of Crimea, Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.
During a press conference in Kyiv on May 4, Lubinets said:
According to our rough estimates, Russia is holding more than 20,000 civilian hostages. I provide these figures on the basis of personal appeals to me from relatives whose relatives and friends have been detained by the Russian military. Why I say approximately and that this number is much higher is because I am fully aware that those who are currently in temporarily occupied territories do not contact me, or contact me in small numbers, because even an appeal to the Ukrainian Ombudsman is considered espionage by Russia. After we return all Ukraine’s territories, the number will increase significantly.
While some of these individuals have been accused of espionage and terrorism by Russia, most are being held without charge under dire conditions and subjected to ill treatment and even torture.
War crime: Russia’s illegal detention of Ukrainian civilians is just one example of many war crimes Russia is committing in Ukraine.
“The Russia-Ukraine War is giving the world a vivid picture of the scale of evil [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is willing to commit,” Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in our May-June issue. “Putin is an evil, ruthless, vindictive agent with Soviet-style methods of psychological warfare, assassination and war. He has disgusting and devastating policies that are sick to the core and even satanic!”
To learn more about the extent of Putin’s evil, read Mr. Flurry’s booklet The Prophesied ‘Prince of Russia.’