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 "They put plastic bag on Panov's head and choked him. His swollen face, lips, and heavy breathing leave no doubts," - journalist on interrogation of Panov

FSB officers published a video of "interrogation" of Yevhen Panov which can only serve as evidence of a crime committed by themselves.

Journalist Yevhen Levkovych wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"Due to my previous profession, I have seen lots of interrogations of suspects, over a hundred. It is clear that interrogation of a suspect in a serious crime is an extremely tough "conversation", in 99.9 percent of cases accompanied by threats, blackmail, and physical violence. However, I have not seen such an exhausted man as the suspected Crimean terrorist for a long time.

There is no doubt that they put a plastic bag on Panov's head and choked him. His swollen face and lips, as well as heavy breathing leave no doubts (it's a standard torture during interrogation though)," he wrote.

Read more: Preliminary findings indicate Panov voluntarily entered Crimea, - Skibitskyi

"There is no doubt that they 'worked' with Panov for a long time to draw the necessary information out of him. The record of the interrogation lasts only five minutes and 33 seconds, but even such a short time includes nine cuts. Moreover, they changed the position of the camera and lighting for several times. The suspect's speech, however, is a chronological narrative. This means Panov repeatedly answered the same questions in the same office, but apparently the FSB found some of his answers wrong, and they had to rerecord the fragments.

Pay attention to the piece of the video from 0:22 till 0:36 (full video is here). You can clearly see that Panov said the text agreed upon and rehearsed in advance. Panov said that "he served in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) zone from Aug. 2014 to Aug. 2015" and stopped there, but after a two-second pause and a disgruntled sigh of the inquiry officer he nodded back at him and continued: "Right, as part of 37th Separate Mechanized Infantry Battalion." What is missing here is the phrase: 'Sorry, I forgot the ending,'" Levkovych added.

Watch more: FSB officers actively 'worked' with Panov before interrogation, - Skibitskiy. VIDEO

"There are cuts even in the middle of a sentence. For example, at 0:48 to 0:49. "I was invited to Kyiv (cut), they explained me that a group was formed." I must admit that I see such a clumsy work for the first time.

I do not draw any conclusions about Panov's guilt or innocence. As I said, the fact that they used physical violence does not negate the possible guilt of the suspect.

As Savchenko had been a valuable bargaining chip for Kremlin, the saboteurs might become a trump card for Russia not to comply with the Minsk agreements. Indeed, they have already become a trump card. It is Putin who said it was meaningless to meet in the Normandy format in such circumstances, not Obama," the journalist concluded.

Read more: Putin's provocation in Ukraine remains biggest threat to European peace since 1945, - Financial Times

As previously reported, the situation on the administrative border with the peninsula turned critical early in the morning of Aug. 7. Since that moment, the occupation authorities have repeatedly altered the access mode at three checkpoints, either closing them or resuming their work in full or partially.

A number of Crimean media reported the introduction of Krepost (Fortress) plan aimed at tracking down five camo-clad persons. Eyewitnesses mention checkpoints set up on the main roads with the traffic police and OMON fighters stopping buses and checking passengers. At 4:30 a.m., Aug. 10, the Russian side opened the Kalanchak checkpoint near Armiansk that had been closed since Aug. 7.

On Aug. 10, the FSB released an official statement about averted terrorist attacks in annexed Crimea "prepared by the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's MoD in order to target critical life-supporting and infrastructure facilities inside the peninsula." Further on, the FSB released a video with the alleged organizer of the thwarted "terrorist acts" in the occupied Crimea, Zaporizhia region resident Yevhen Panov.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, said that Ukraine "has switched to the practice of terror."

Putin also said he considered the upcoming Normandy Four meeting to be pointless in the light of the alleged detention of Ukrainian "saboteur" in occupied Crimea.

Putin's puppet of the so-called "parliament" of Crimea Remzi Ilyasov said the occupying authorities perceive the incident "as an act of aggression, in fact, a declaration of war."

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine denied all Russia's allegations, calling them provocative.

National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov described the hysterical and false allegations by Russia's FSB as groundless and called them another element of Russia's hybrid war against Ukraine and an attempt to exacerbate the situation in the occupied territory.

The Ukrainian MoD has refuted the FSB's allegations on the involvement of Ukraine's intelligence in subversive activities in Crimea and called them an attempt of the Russian Federation to justify its aggression in the territory of the annexed peninsula.

President Petro Poroshenko said that the Russian allegations are groundless and serve as "a pretext for more military threats against Ukraine."

Spokesperson to the U.S. Department of State Elizabeth Trudeau said that the Russian Federation's recent allegations on Ukraine's involvement in "subversive activities" in Russian-occupied Crimeashould not distract the United States from the real issue Russia has created in Ukraine.

Read more: US Department of State on Russia's allegations on Crimea: "Real issue is Russia's occupation of Crimea and continued aggression in eastern Ukraine"

On Aug. 11, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed that all the units deployed at the administrative border with Crimea and the demarcation line in the Donbas be on high alert.

Ihor Kotelianets, Panov's brother, claims Yevhen was kidnapped in Ukraine's Zaporizhia region and taken to the occupied peninsula.

According to Ukraine's Defense Intelligence, none of its employees has been detained by the FSB to date in the territory of occupied Crimea.

The police have qualified the fact of Yevhen Panov's disappearance reported by his relatives as a criminal offence under the article 146 (illegal deprivation of freedom or abduction) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group Iryna Herashchenko says Yevhen Panov has become another kidnapped Russian hostage who Ukraine will have to liberate.

 
 
 
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