Donetsk, Dec 27 – DAN. LPR militiaman Vladislav Kondalov, released from Ukrainian captivity on 18 December, said tortures were routine practice in Ukrainian prisons.

“They were tough on me from the moment of detention,” Kondalov told a news conference at Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.

“I heard constant threats; they broke my head and wanted to saw off my hand. They tied me to a horizontal bar and started the chain saw. They made me drink some solvent as a painkiller. The worst tortures happened in the beginning of my captivity,” he said.

Kondalov volunteered to join LPR People’ Militia in November 2014. In early March 2016, he was taken prisoner by Ukrainian forces. He said he was released from Ukraine Security Service prison in mid-December and taken by SBU agents into the ‘grey zone’ between Ukraine and DPR.

Earlier, DPR ombudswoman Darya Morozova’s office reported that Ukrainian force had dumped three DPR and LPR supporters in the ‘grey zone.’ *jk