The second tortured and murdered person whose body was found in the waters of Sloviansk has been identified. He was Yuriy Popravko, a student at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, reported KPI Rector Mykhaylo Zhurovskyy on his VKontakte page.
“To our great sorrow, our worst fears have been confirmed,” he wrote. “A student at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Sociology and Law, Yuriy Popravko, has died tragically. His body with signs of torture was found in the river near Sloviansk, Donetsk Oblast, together with the body of deputy Vitaliy Rybak. We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Yuriy. May his memory be eternal.” Zhurovsky said.
Earlier, Channel 5 reported that the 19-year-old activist of Euromaidan had disappeared and could be held by terrorists in the East.
His mother said that Yuriy, together with friends, went to see his girlfriend in Kharkiv on April 16. Afterwards there was no further contact with him. Yuriy’s girlfriend, Dasha, who is studying in Kharkiv confirmed that he came to see her with his friends and the next day left for parts unknown. The mother thought that possibly the boy was being held captive by militants in Sloviansk.
She added that when she called her son’s phone, she was told that the boy had died but that his phone was being kept to “locate friends.”
As has been reported, two bodies with signs of torture were found in the river Torets near the village Rayhorodok in the Donetsk Oblast. One of those killed turned out to be the deputy of the Horlivka City Council and a member of the Batkivshchyna Party, Volodymyr Rybak.