The authorities of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) are calling on international observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to force Kiev to return the illegally detained representative of the republic, Andrei Kosyak. This statement was made by the senior lieutenant of the People’s Militia of the LPR Ivan Filiponenko.
According to him, the LPR condemns the OSCE for inaction and indifference to the fate of the soldier captured by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). “OSCE observers have moved away from resolving the situation around the LPR representative seized by Kiev,” Filiponenko said.
The military added that the SBU officers torture the detained serviceman and force him to take psychotropic drugs to give false testimony against the LPR. In particular, this is evidenced by the fact that the SBU published a video of the interrogation without showing the detainee’s face.
In addition, Filiponenko noted, “Ukrainian propagandists” are trying to present to the public the footage from the shooting practice available to the observer on the phone as shelling of the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
On October 14, SBU investigators interrogated a previously detained serviceman of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic. The secret service said that the detainee was suspected of premeditated murder committed in 2010. In 2014, in the LPR, he joined the Bryanka USSR battalion, and at the time of his arrest he was a member of one of the units of the people’s militia of the self-proclaimed republic.
A day earlier, on October 13, the head of the LPR Leonid Pasechnik announced the capture of an unarmed officer. According to him, the Ukrainian side attacked an officer of the LPR mission in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime (JCCC). After the incident, Pasechnik said about the pointlessness of negotiations with Ukraine in the “Minsk format”.