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 Ukrainian citizen Panov detained in Crimea was tortured by FSB, brother says

The confession of Yevhen Panov detained by the Russian security forces on suspicion of alleged plotting of terrorist attacks in Russian-occupied Crimea was obtained by torture.

This is announced by the Crimea Human Rights Group referring to Panov's brother Ihor Kotelianets, Censor.NET reports.

Kotelianets told about Panov's lawyer visit to his client, during which he found scars inflicted by the handcuffs on Panov's hands as well as multiple bruises on his right leg. The defender of the Ukrainian believes that Panov's bruises and scars were caused by tortures.

Read more: "I also want the whole world to hear that we don't leave our people behind!" - wife of FSB-detained Yevhen Panov appeals to Poroshenko. DOCUMENT (in Ukrainian)

This information was confirmed by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union. The lawyers obtained Russian documents evidencing that the confession of Ukrainian citizen Yevhen Panov suspected of terrorism was obtained by torture.

Crimean Human Rights Group experts suggested that the Ukrainian was most likely tortured by FSB members between Aug. 7 and Aug. 12.

See more: Self-disclosure by Kremlin: Russian media delivered details of Russian military killings by 'saboteurs' in Crimea, - Butusov. PHOTOS

Panov told he was subjected to physical and moral tortures in order to force him to falsely confess of allegedly being a Ukrainian saboteur aiming at hitting targets in Crimea. Eventually, the Ukrainian did incriminate himself and sign some protocols. According to detainee's brother Ihor Kotelianets, Yevhen Panov has told his court-appointed counsel about torture but it is unknown whether the lawyer has filed a complaint on the matter.

As previously reported, the situation on the administrative border with the peninsula turned critical early in the morning of Aug. 7. Since then, 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.

Read more: "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

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 Crimea should 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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