Accused of war crimes in the Donbass Austrians detained in Poland

The road to Donetsk

The Austrian citizen arrested in Poland on charges of war crimes during the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine. About it reports on Sunday, April 30, APA.

According to the Agency, the representative of the Austrian Prosecutor’s office stated that 25-year-old man was involved in the fighting on the side of the Ukrainian army, although media reported that he fought on the side of the militias. It is noted that the crimes he committed during clashes at the Donetsk airport. According to investigators, the young man killed prisoners and wounded soldiers.

The man was detained at the border crossing near the village Dorohusk when attempting to travel to Ukraine. It is noted that he was in the international wanted list. While a warrant for his arrest was issued in connection with accusations of war crimes against persons, although the Austrian is also a suspect in violations of the law on circulation of drugs.

According to RFM24, the question of the extradition of the men to Austria. Prior to that, he will remain in custody.

The armed conflict in the South-East of Ukraine began in April 2014 after the Ukrainian government announced the start of anti-terrorist operation (Kiev calls the military actions in the region). In the Donbass after this was proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s Republic.

The Donetsk airport was seen as a strategically important transport hub, the battle for it was fought almost since the beginning of hostilities. It came under the control of militias at the end of January 2015.