A British soldier captured by Russian-backed forces in Ukraine stated he was compelled to take heed to ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” on repeat whereas being tortured.
“I believed I used to be going to die. It was hell on Earth,” Shaun Pinner, 48, considered one of 5 Brits freed final week, advised The Solar.
“The previous six months have been the worst days of my life. I by no means wish to take heed to an ABBA music once more or see a loaf of bread. I simply am so fortunate to be dwelling,” he continued.
“I hated them anyway so it actually was torture.”
Along with ABBA, he stated, the ruthless Russians additionally compelled him to take heed to Cher’s “Consider” at one other location.
Pinner, who was flown dwelling by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, the former proprietor of Chelsea soccer membership, was captured throughout the siege of Mariupol in April.
He stated he survived the ordeal by consuming stale bread and consuming soiled water.
Pinner described in haunting element how he was electrocuted, stabbed and subjected to mock executions after being sentenced to demise in June together with fellow countryman Aiden Aslin.
“I knew it was unhealthy so I known as my spouse and I gave her my demise message. However she didn’t even cry,” stated Pinner, who was on the Ukrainian military as a contract soldier.
“She simply screamed at me that I used to be a warrior and that I might survive. These had been the final phrases I heard from her they usually stored me going,” he advised the UK information outlet.
“It changed into carnage because the Russians ambushed us with mortar bombs and artillery. There have been so many our bodies, it regarded like one thing out of a zombie apocalypse,” Pinner stated.
“I used to be surrounded by Russian separatists. They stripped me and put a knife in my thigh for no motive. They beat the daylights out of me for 20 minutes,” he continued.
The previous soldier described how his captors electrocuted him.
“It was a ferocious shock. They did it for 40 seconds every time. It appeared like they had been simply doing it for enjoyable,” Pinner advised The Solar.
“A man got here in and put a pistol to the again of my head, cocked it and stated, ‘You’re going to die now!’” he stated.
“I believed that was the tip for me. He then began laughing and stated he was joking and pistol whipped me.”
Along with Pinner and Aslin, fellow Brits Dylan Healy, Andrew Hill and John Harding had been launched after Saudi Arabia brokered a secretive deal between Russia and Ukraine.
The boys arrived again within the UK Thursday.