I was beaten, tied up, shot and tortured in terrifying mock execution by Russian soldiers
A TORTURE survivor has revealed how he was beaten, tied up and shot during a terrifying mock execution by Russian soldiers in Ukraine.
Valentine Baranik, 53, was trussed up with wire, blindfolded and thrown into a torture chamber as part of a three-day ordeal in an occupied town in the country’s north east.
Valentine Baranik revealed how he was beaten, tied up and shot during a terrifying mock execution by Russian soldiers in Ukraine[/caption]
Valentine said: ‘They tied my hands with plastic tape then put me in a basement overnight’[/caption]
His only crime was risking his life to defuse a trip-mine he found in the woods near his home.
The veteran soldier said: “How could I live with myself if I saw the mine and did nothing?
“If I left it I knew someone would be killed.”
Valentine, a dad of one, was walking through his blitzed home town of Trostyanets — overrun by Russian tanks on the first day of the war — when soldiers nabbed him.
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They ordered him to lie face down while they frisked his pockets.
At first they found a torch and accused him of sending signals and then of being a soldier.
The Russian troops drove him to a nearby police station and handed him over to another unit.
He said: “They stripped me to my underwear and searched me again.” This time they found the mine trip wire.
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A furious Russian soldier ripped a silver cross off Valentine’s neck and said: “You won’t be needing that any more.”
They pulled his beanie hat over his eyes and wrapped tape around his head as a makeshift blindfold.
He said: “They tied my hands with plastic tape then put me in a basement overnight.”
The next morning, still blindfolded, he was bundled into a car and driven to another building.
He said: “They pushed me through a window and then they pushed me against a wall. I thought I was going to be shot.”
Then the beating started. “They hit me all over the face. They broke three ribs. They pushed a pistol into my head and I heard them cocking it.
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“Then they shot right next to my ear and the bullet went through the collar of my coat.
“They said I was a bomb disposal expert. They hit my legs with something. I don’t know what it was but it made me fall down.
“Then they shot me through the a**e. At first I didn’t feel it, then it felt like I had wet myself.”
Moments after they shot him, Valentine heard explosions and the sound of soldiers running.
It may have saved his life.
He said: “I don’t know what happened but everyone started running. They put my hands behind my back and tied my hands and feet with wire. They dragged me because I couldn’t walk.”
Around 20 minutes later he was dumped in a small garage with a single window.
Valentine continued: “Outside I could see tents. They treated me slightly better. They cut the wire off my hands and feet and I heard them say, ‘Who are these f***ers from Donetsk who have done this to him?’”
That suggests the thugs were Russian-backed separatists from the breakaway Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.
A military doctor treated Valentine’s wounds and he was interrogated for a fourth time and accused of giving details of Russian positions on a phone which was not his.
After two nights, on March 21, he was released.
At least 100 locals were killed during the town’s month-long Russian occupation before it was recaptured by Ukraine.
As he hobbled home, Valentine wondered why he had survived.
Crossing himself, he said: “I was praying all the time.”
Published on : June 26, 2022 at 11:03 AM