Appeal raises $135,000 to help pay medical bills for Ukrainian prisoners of war released after brutal treatment by Russian prisoners of war

Mikhaylo Dyanov before and after being a Russian prisoner of war

Mikhaylo Dyanov before and after being a Russian prisoner of warDefense of Ukraine

  • Over $130,000 was raised for a Ukrainian man held as a prisoner of war by Russian prisoners of war.

  • Photos of Dianov show him severely emaciated and bruised after his time in prison.

  • I have a scar on my elbow from using rusty pliers to pull an object out of my arm.

Over $130,000 has been raised for Ukrainian soldiers held as prisoners of war by Russian prisoners of war.

Mikhail Dyanov is Azov Regimentwas one of 215 prisoners of war released in A surprise prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia earlier this week. The swap is brokered by Saudi Arabia, According to reports.

Pictures of Dianov shared by the Ukrainian military It shows him weakened and bruised after his time in a Russian prison.

One photo shows the camera an arm that features a ragged scar above a deformed elbow.

His sister, Alona Lavrushko, told the Ukrainian press Pravada The scar is the result of using rusty pliers to pull a foreign object out of his arm without anesthesia.

Dianov may be struggling physically, but “mentally, Mihailo is very strong. He is very happy to be back. I’m breathing free air,'” she added.

Lavrushko has accepted PayPal donations for his brother, and Kyiv Independent journalist Illia Ponomarenko says more than 5 million Ukrainian hryvnia ($134,543.85) has been raised to help with Dianov’s medical expenses.

Russian prisoners of war were brutal, say prisoners

Aiden Aslin, 28, a British man released from Russia in a prisoner exchange on September 22, 2022

Aiden Aslin, a 28-year-old (right) British man released from Russia in a prisoner exchange on 22 September 2022Reuters

Several prisoners released earlier this week have testified to brutal treatment and torture by Russian prisoners of war.

talk to the sun on sundayReleased British man Aiden Aslin, 28, said he was “treated worse than a dog” and held in solitary confinement for five months.

He was captured fighting as a volunteer alongside Ukrainians in the southern port city of Mariupol, which had been besieged by Russian forces for more than two months.

He said he was punched in the face, stabbed and asked if he wanted to die quickly.

He said prisoners were held in overcrowded cells and forced to sing the Russian national anthem. “If you don’t sing, you will be punished. You will be beaten,” he said.

A prisoner released in June said: Times The Russians “torture them so badly that they break their limbs and puncture their lungs.

“I witnessed a man who had a heart attack and was beaten and passed out. They didn’t help. They just pulled him to the side. I don’t know what happened to him.” ’ they said.

the United Nations said before Russian trials of Ukrainian prisoners of war could be war crimes also have described the treatment of these prisoners as “suffering torture and ill-treatment, and lacking adequate food, water, medical care and sanitation in some places of detention”.

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