Poland detains Austrian suspected of Ukraine atrocities

2017-05-01 09:15
(Czarek Sokolowski, AP)

(Czarek Sokolowski, AP)

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Warsaw - An Austrian suspected of killing prisoners and wounded soldiers in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists are fighting pro-Ukrainian forces, has been detained in Poland, the Polish border police say.

The 25-year-old man, who was sought by the Austrian authorities, was detained at the Polish border post of Dorohusk as he was trying to cross over into Ukraine, the border police said in a statement.

He is "suspected of having taken part in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine and killing prisoners and wounded fighters," it said.

Austrian prosecutors said there was an European arrest warrant for the man for suspected war crimes, adding that they believed he was fighting on the "Ukrainian side."

However, Dariusz Sienicki, a spokesperson for the Polish border police, head earlier said that the man was "a member of a separatist group".

Extradition proceedings have been launched to return him to Austria.

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