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The following is a list of the 16 persons and the details of each case.

April 23 – Sloviansk City Councilman Vadym Sukhonos was abducted by Kremlin-backed militants, reports TSN television channel, citing local media in the Donetsk Oblast. Sukhonos apparently was kidnapped for ideological reasons. In February, he quit the Party of Regions, the dominant party in eastern Ukraine, and is now a local independent lawmaker.

April 22 – In Sloviansk, the bodies of two men were found near
the river Torets with signs of torture, according to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry. One of them has been identified as Volodymyr
Rybak
, a Horlivka city
councilman believed to have been kidnapped on April 17. He was found with a sandbag tied around his body and a slash across his stomach. He is believed to have drowned in the river while unconscious. According to the ministry’s reports, members of the pro-Russian separatist
group who seized the city’s security services building were involved in the alleged
torture and murder of the two men.

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