About 3,000 Mariupol civilians are held in prisons in eastern Ukraine, the official said
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Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine they arrested about 3,000 civilians from the defeated city of Mariupol, the country’s human rights chief said Thursday.
Lyudmyla Denysova said on social media that the Ukrainian government is aware of at least two prisons set up in the Donetsk region, one in the regional capital of Donetsk and another in Olenivka, a suburb 12 miles southwest of the city center, according to the Associated Press.
He said the Kiev authorities had received reports of people “tortured, interrogated, threatened with execution and forced to cooperate” and others who disappeared after interrogations.
Denysova also said that detainees were kept in “inhumane conditions” with inadequate access to toilets and no space to lie down.
He claimed that some prisoners had been released after 36 days, after signing unspecified documents, but did not provide more details.
More than 100,000 civilians remain in the ruined port city of Mariupol, which had a population of around half a million before the war.
Ukrainian authorities previously claimed that “thousands of Ukrainians” had been forcibly brought to Russia.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.