Sky News - Ukraine Activist 'Crucified And Had Ear Cut Off’
The UN human rights commissioner has called for a prompt and through investigation of claims of deaths and kidnappings in Ukraine.
**A Ukrainian activist who went missing during anti-government protests has stumbled into a village near Kiev saying he was beaten and tortured.
Dmytro Bulatov, 35, told Ukraine’s Channel 5 television: “They crucified me, they nailed down my hands. They cut off my ear, they cut my face. There isn’t a spot on my body that hasn’t been beaten.”**
Mr Bulatov, a member of Automaidan, a group of car owners that has taken part in the protests against President Viktor Yanukovich, was reported missing on January 22.
In the television interview his face and clothes were seen covered in clotted blood, his hands were swollen and bore the marks of nails.
He is among several activists whose disappearances have increased tensions the country.
One of the activists, Yuriy Verbytsky, was found dead in a forest while another, Igor Lutsenko, survived a severe beating and was hospitalised.
Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, who visited Mr Bulatov in hospital, said: “What was done to Dmytro was an act to frighten all citizens who are being active now.”
The UN’s human rights office has called on Ukraine to launch an independent investigation into deaths, kidnappings and torture during the weeks of political unrest.
Rupert Coville, spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights, said the issue “should be promptly, thoroughly and independently investigated”.
The UN statement came as Russia’s outspoken Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted that US Secretary of State John Kerry’s planned meeting with Mr Klitschko was a “circus”.
The talks on Saturday are also expected to include Ukraine’s pro-opposition popstar Ruslana.