Published: 8 Jan 2015 | By Dmitri Macmillen

Abductions in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions


Hundreds of disappearances and instances of torture and ill-treatment have been recorded in eastern Ukraine since the beginning of 2014. According to Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs, by mid-August, over 1000 individuals had allegedly been detained by armed groups since April 2014, of whom at least 468 are still missing. An increase in this trend has since been reported. A significant pattern of disappearances in Ukraine first emerged during the ‘EuroMaidan’ protests in Kyiv in January 2014, when a number of anti-government protesters were reported missing and several later found dead or bearing conspicuous signs of torture.

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