Poland arrests an Austrian suspected of war crimes in Ukraine

The Austrian authorities on Sunday arrested an Austrian man suspected of war crimes in the conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Austrian prosecutors said.

The 25-year-old man faces charges of “killing soldiers who took part in the fighting at Donetsk airport, who had already surrendered or killed civilians,” a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Vienna’s Lower Austria state said.

Russia annexed the Crimea in March 2014 and fighting broke out in eastern Ukraine the following month between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government forces in a conflict that has killed some 10,000 people.

The man was believed to have fought alongside Ukrainian troops against separatists loyal to Moscow, the spokesman said. He did not elaborate.

The spokesman, confirming previous media reports, said the Polish border police arrested the man at a border crossing, close to the Polish town of Dorohusk.

He said a European arrest warrant had been issued a few weeks ago, adding that he did not know how long it would take to transfer the detainee to Austria.