A group of Ukrainian intelligence officers, who disappeared during the mission in the Lugansk region, have been imprisoned by pro-Russian militants for a month, since February 11, according to the report by the Command of the Special Operation Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook.
The statement provides that the militants, together with the FSB, are currently torturing and putting psychological pressure on Ukrainian soldiers in order to obtain the necessary "confessions".
“Representatives of the another state’s special services and the terrorist groups under its control work with their captives following a usual pattern. Physical torture and psychological pressure, psychotropic substances, disregard for the person are typical elements of their activity, with which militants force hostages to confess of acts that they have nothing to do with.”
To release its citizens, Ukraine initiates an appeal to international human rights organizations, the OSCE SMM in Ukraine, public and state figures to "ensure the observance of human treatment and the speedy return of servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine".
Also, the Special Operation Forces Command insists on conducting an independent medical examination of the prisoners with the involvement of international experts, including test for traces of psychotropic substances in the blood of Ukrainian servicemen that could be used by terrorists to obtain "evidence".
Ukraine claims that the scouts seized by the militants carried out regular tasks, not related to subversive activities in the occupied territories of Donbas.