BAKHMUT, Ukraine – Sergiy, a convict in the Donbas, first experienced life in the “Russian World” – shorthand for the areas dominated by Russia, in Donetsk in 2014.
That’s when his prison guards beat him with a truncheon for having a small Ukrainian flag in his possession.
Then came hunger, cold, lack of showers, a halt to family visits and the breakdown of order for more than 1,600 inmates in the main prison in Donetsk, where Sergiy was serving a life sentence.
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