“The Ukrainian army threw smoke bombs into the basement of a neighboring house, poisoned them with tear gas to make people come out of hiding,” he said.
According to Vitaly, at that time there were also children in the basement.
He believes that the Ukrainian army wanted to take the civilians away or shoot them.
Other refugees previously said that the police and the Armed Forces of Ukraine detained people in Artemovsk for reading Russian media and social networks, and also took stolen things out of the city in cars.
Artemovsk was liberated by Russian forces on May 20.