斯里蘭卡人在烏克蘭從俄羅斯的暴行中獲釋

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斯里蘭卡人在烏克蘭從俄羅斯的暴行中獲釋

烏克蘭收復伊久姆市,帶來了對俄羅斯占領下暴行的多項指控。在新出現的敘述中,有一群被囚禁數月的斯里蘭卡人的敘述。在這裡,他們講述了自己的故事。

迪盧揚是5月被俄羅斯軍隊俘虜的7名斯里蘭卡人之一。這群人剛剛開始從他們在烏克蘭東北部庫皮揚斯克的家出發,步行到大約120公里(75英里)外相對安全的哈爾科夫,前往安全地帶。

但在他們遇到的第一個檢查站,他們就被俄羅斯士兵抓住了。斯里蘭卡人被蒙上眼睛,雙手被綁,並被帶到俄羅斯邊境附近的沃夫昌斯克鎮的一家機床廠。

這群人來到烏克蘭是為了找工作,或者學習。現在,他們成了囚犯,靠很少的食物生存,每天只允許上一次廁所,每次兩分鐘。在他們被允許洗澡的時候,也只被限制在兩分鐘之內。

"他們把我們鎖在一個房間裡,"她說,"當我們去洗澡的時候,他們經常打我們。他們甚至不允許我去見其他人。我們被困在裡面三個月了。

還有一些人留下了更明顯的痕跡,提醒他們所承受的一切:其中一個人脫下鞋子,發現他的腳趾甲被人用鉗子撕掉了。據報道,第二個人也遭受了這種折磨。

"他們用槍在我身上打了很多次,"35歲的蒂尼希-戈根蒂蘭說。"他們中的一個人打了我的肚子,我疼了兩天。然後他向我要錢"。

烏克蘭一直在從伊久姆附近森林的一個埋葬地點挖掘屍體,其中一些屍體有被折磨的痕跡。而烏克蘭總統沃洛基米爾-澤倫斯基(Volodymyr Zelensky)表示,"在哈爾科夫地區的解放區,在各個城市和城鎮已經發現了10多個酷刑室"。

這群人再一次得以開始向哈爾科夫走去。獨自一人,沒有電話,他們沒有辦法與家人聯繫。


Ukraine's recapture of the city of Izyum has brought multiple allegations of atrocities under Russian occupation. Among the accounts emerging is that of a group of Sri Lankans held captive for months. Here, they tell their story.

Dilujan was one of seven Sri Lankans captured by Russian forces in May. The group had just set out on a huge walk to safety from their homes in Kupiansk, north-eastern Ukraine, to the relative safety of Kharkiv, some 120km (75 miles) away.

But at the first checkpoint they came across, they were captured by Russian soldiers. The Sri Lankans were blindfolded, their hands tied, and taken to a machine tool factory in the town of Vovchansk, near the Russian border.

The group had come to Ukraine to find work, or study. Now, they were prisoners, surviving on very little food, only allowed to use the toilet once a day for two minutes. On the occasions they were allowed to shower, that too was restricted to just two minutes.

"They locked us in a room," she said "They used to beat us when we go to take shower. They don't even allow me to meet others. We were stuck inside for three months."

Others have been left with even more visible reminders of what they had endured: one of the men removed his shoes to show his toenails had been torn off with pliers. A second man reportedly also suffered that torture.

"They hit me across the body many times with their guns," said 35-year-old Thinesh Gogenthiran. "One of them punched me in the stomach and I was in pain for two days. He then asked me for money."

Ukraine has been exhuming bodies from a burial site in forest near Izyum, some of which show signs of torture. And Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said "more than 10 torture chambers have already been found in the liberated areas of Kharkiv region, in various cities and towns".

Once again, the group was able to begin their walk towards Kharkiv. Alone, and without their phones, they had no way to contact their families.

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