Denis Kulikovsky, who’s also called “Palych” or “Pershiy,” was detained within the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on Tuesday evening, Ukraine’s Inside Ministry mentioned.
He’s accused of operating an unlawful jail often called “Isolation” or “Izoliatsiia” within the occupied Donetsk area of jap Ukraine.
In accordance with the SBU, Kulikovsky — who’s described as being a former militant of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Individuals’s Republic (DPR) — organized and took a direct half within the murders and torture of illegally detained Ukrainian residents.
The pre-trial investigation on this case has been carried out for the previous yr by investigators of the Nationwide Police of Ukraine below the procedural steerage of the Prosecutor’s Workplace, based on an announcement revealed on-line by the Ministry of Inner Affairs.
“For greater than a yr, investigators in cooperation with the migration police have been investigating the horrible crimes of ‘Palych’ towards folks,” mentioned Denis Monastyrsky, Ukraine’s Minister of Inner Affairs.
“Legislation enforcement officers interrogated the victims, recognized their executioners, and recognized 45 members of this organized legal group. In September this yr, supplies on eight battle criminals had been despatched to court docket for absentee sentencing.”
Kulikovsky was detained after police acquired info that he had arrived in territory managed by Ukraine, the ministry assertion mentioned.
The actual fact he’s already within the fingers of Ukrainian legislation enforcement officers is the results of joint work of the Nationwide Police and the Safety Service of Ukraine, Monastyrsky mentioned. “Regardless of how a lot time has handed, these horrible crimes won’t go unpunished,” he added.
The deputy chief of the principle directorate of the Nationwide Police within the Donetsk area, Artem Kysko, mentioned 166 folks had been recognized who had been held in that jail thus far, however that this was not an exhaustive listing, based on the ministry assertion.
Donetsk police have been investigating what occurred on the website for the previous yr, Kysko mentioned.
Amongst these recognized as having been held there are two journalists and staff of the border service, migration service and SBU, in addition to the members of the Ukrainian armed forces, Kysko mentioned.
In accordance with Kysko, the Donetsk police have additionally managed to establish folks belonging to numerous branches of the so-called DPR authorities, particularly the prosecutor’s workplace and the Ministry of State Safety of the DPR, and judges allegedly concerned in torture, harassment and different actions towards victims held on this jail.
Professional-Russian separatists have been in battle with Ukrainian authorities forces within the Donetsk area since 2014.