Ukrainian protest leader tells of torture
Dmytro Bulatov, 35, who was one of the leaders of anti-government protest motorcades called ‘Automaidan’, was taken to hospital after he appeared on Ukrainian TV 5th channel.
"They crucified me. They punctured my hands," he said on Friday, pointing to marks on the backs of his hands.
"They cut off my ear, slashed my face. There’s not a single alive spot on my body. But I am alive, thank God," he said.
The spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, called for an investigation into claims of torture in Ukraine.
Bulatov was reported missing on January 23. He was involved in several motorcade protests in which scores of cars would drive to the homes of Ukrainian leaders.
In the biggest such protest, about 2,000 cars drove to the country residence of Yanukovich at Mezhyhirya, outside the capital Kiev, on December 29. They came within 300 metres of his residence before being stopped by security roadblocks.
If the president doesn’t step down soon, they’ll kill him after it’s all over.
Stay strong, Ukraine.