Saudi man detained by Ukraine over 'suspicious filming' claims he was forced to curse Putin for his release
A Saudi citizen who was working in Ukraine has revealed alleged details about his 'terrifying' detention in the country and what he was asked to do to gain his freedom.
Speaking to Saudi media, the former detainee, who says he was working as a sales manager and economic analyst at an accounting firm in Ukraine, said he was arrested by Ukrainian police after allegedly filming traffic traveling in different directions, to show the contrast in people escaping the country.
After being taken into custody and forced to strip down to his underwear, the man was asked: "Who is [Vladimir] Putin? And what does he mean to you?"
"Putin is the Russian president, and he means nothing to me," he said, adding that the police officer forced him to curse at Putin, then gathered personnel and started laughing at him as the Saudi national continued to swear at the Russian leader.
He said the officer started filming him while he swore, as he came close to tears, then he was released.
Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24.
The conflict has so far displaced millions of Ukrainians and has resulted in widespread destruction.
Earlier this week, details of a horrific massacre committed by Russian troops in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha led to worldwide outrage