Eastern Ukraine: City councilman tortured and drowned (video of abduction)

Ukraine’s Interior Ministry identified Horlivka city councilman Volodymyr Rybak as one of the two dead bodies found on April 19 in a local river of Sloviansk District (Donetsk region).

Both victims had the same cause of death: ‘combined injuries due to torture and death by drowning while unconscious’.

An inquiry over the councilman’s abduction was filed on April 17, 2014. According to an eyewitness, pro-Russian separatists abducted Rybak around 6 pm. on April, 17 after he took part in a ‘For a United Ukraine’ demonstration near the Horlivka city council building. The eyewitness said Mr Rybak had demanded that the so-called ‘Donetsk Republic’ flag be taken down from the local legislature building, the Interior Ministry stated. Four masked men dressed in camouflage forced him into a vehicle and drove off to an unknown destination. Their ski masks were black-colored, while the city councilman’s mobile phone had been switched off immediately after the kidnapping.

{movie}Unindentified persons abduct Volodymyr Rybak.|right|16057{/movie}

‘According to the investigators’ data, representatives of the separatist group which seized the SBU building in Sloviansk are accessory to torture and murder of the two people,’ the statement says.

www.belsat.eu/en, following kyivpost.com

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