Horrific details about captivity of 7 Sri Lankans by Russian soldiers revealed
A Ukrainian journalist and the Kharkiv region’s police have disclosed appalling details about the torture the seven Sri Lankans endured while they were in captivity of Russian soldiers in the Kharkiv region near the Russian border.
In a Twitter thread, Maria Romanenko, a journalist Kyiv, said the seven Sri Lankans who were in Ukraine for work and studies, were kidnapped by Russian, “beaten” and “had their nails torn off”, and were “forced to work for free (clean)”. According to Romanenko, the 06 men and 01 woman, all aged 20-40, had arrived in Ukraine nearly three weeks before the all-out Russian invasion and rented a house in Kupiansk, which was occupied a few days ago. Citing information from the Kharkiv region’s police, Romanenko said,
“After the areas were liberated by Ukraine, the 7 Sri Lankans tried to walk to Kharkiv again. Meanwhile, Serhii Bolvinov, head of the Investigative Department of the National Police in the Kharkiv region, also reported details of seven Sri Lankan citizens who had been in captivity and managed to free themselves after the liberation of the oblast. Quoting Bolvinov, the Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda said the “Sri Lankan citizens were kept in inhumane conditions there; they were forced to work as cleaners.”
Following the liberation of Vovchansk, the foreigners again decided to go to Kharkiv on foot, on the way they met a hotel guard, who sheltered them and informed Ukrainian police about it, Bolvinov added. On 16 September, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that seven Sri Lankan citizens who had been held captive by the Russian soldiers since March were rescued in the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region.