During the occupation of Kharkiv region, Rashists held captive and tortured seven citizens of Sri Lanka. This was what the foreigners said when they were under the protection of the Ukrainian police, Serhii Bolvinov, the head of the investigative department of the Kharkiv Oblast State Security Service, reported.
Seven Sri Lankan citizens – a woman and 6 men – were in Kupyansk at the beginning of the full-scale invasion. They were afraid of the war, but decided not to leave, but to hide. In May, they tried to reach Kharkiv on foot. But at the very first checkpoint of the Russian army, they were detained, their hands were tied, bags were put on their heads and they were taken to a makeshift prison in Vovchansk.
There, Sri Lankans were kept in inhumane conditions, forced to work as cleaners. The woman was kept in solitary confinement for two months. Two of them had their nails torn off, one was hit on the head with a door. Since the Russians do not communicate in English, the foreigners never understood what the Russians wanted from them and what they were being tortured for. The only thing they understood was that the Russians said “money” during torture. Judging by this, the second army of the world demanded money from the detained foreigners from Sri Lanka.
After the de-occupation of Vovchansk, the foreigners again decided to go to Kharkiv on foot – and on the way they were met by a hotel guard, who sheltered them and informed the Ukrainian police about it.
The investigative department is currently conducting investigations, interrogating them as victims, and establishing all the details. There is already a connection with the Sri Lankan embassy, and all foreigners are provided with security and proper living conditions by the police.
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