Russia Opens Case On Alleged Ukrainian Abuse of Their POWS

Russia said it had opened a criminal investigation into allegations from a Russian soldier who was beaten and received death threats while being held as a prisoner of war in Ukraine on Thursday.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said the man, identified solely by the initial E, was captured and gravely wounded after a battle on March 2.

The Committee added that the soldier was returned to Russia after a prisoner swap on April 1.

The Committee said he was repeatedly interrogated by both military personnel and people in civilian clothes with masks on their heads and extensively beaten on the head with fists, a brick, and a pistol.

The Russian Investigative Committee provided no visual or other evidence on its website. The incidents mentioned could not be independently verified.

Ukraine said it reviews all information concerning the treatment of prisoners of war and will investigate any violations and take appropriate legal action.

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