Hostage Shaun Pinner was electrocuted, stabbed, subjected to a mock execution and forced to listen to ABBA during his time in captivity.
The ex-British Army soldier endured Mamma Mia over and over again during 24-hour music torture sessions.
For months in prison, Shaun, 48, survived on rations of stale bread and dirty water.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday from his family home in Potton, Beds, he said: “I thought I was going to die. It was hell on earth.
“The last six months have been the worst days of my life.
“I never want to hear another ABBA song or see a loaf of bread again. I’m just so happy to be home.”
After the Russian invasion in February, Shaun – married to Ukrainian Larysa – traveled to the Donbass region to take on pro-Moscow separatists.
Having previously served in the Royal Anglian Regiment, he was a contract soldier in the Ukrainian Army.
Shaun was captured during the Siege of Mariupol in April.
He recalled: “I knew it was bad, so I called my wife and gave her my death notice. But she didn’t even cry.
“She just yelled at me that I was a warrior and would survive.
“Those were the last words I heard from her and they kept me going.
“It turned into carnage as the Russians ambushed us with mortar shells and artillery.
“There were so many bodies, it looked like something out of a zombie apocalypse.
“I was surrounded by Russian separatists. They stripped me and stuck a knife in my thigh for no reason.
“They beat me to death for 20 minutes.”
A hooded Shaun was then electrocuted. He said: “It was a huge shock.
“They did it for 40 seconds each time. It seemed like they were just doing it for fun.
“A guy came in and put a gun to the back of my head, held it up and said, ‘You’re going to die now.’
“I thought that was the end for me. Then he started laughing and said he was joking and the gun whipped me.”
Shaun was then transferred to a prison called “The Dark Side” in Russian-occupied Donetsk.
Heavy metal bands Slipknot and ABBA played on a 24-hour loop, and he was beaten if he slept outside the hours set by wardens.
Shaun said: “I never want to listen to another Abba song ever again. I hated her anyway, so it really was torture.
“One of the guards said he would kill me and send the video to my mother.
“They cruelly stole my wedding ring. It was my darkest day.”
In June, he and his colleague Aiden Aslin were sentenced to death by a mock court as mercenaries.
He was moved to another prison and said: “Conditions were better but they still played music – and this time it was Believe by Cher.
“We had our dark days and I cried a lot. We had to cling to some kind of hope and that’s how I survived.”
Last week, Shaun feared his execution was coming after he was told to pack his bags.
Instead, he was part of a prisoner exchange brokered by Roman Abramovich.
West Ham fan Shaun said of the former Chelsea FC owner: “I told him he really looks like Roman Abramovich. He replied, “That’s because I am”.
“He said he works with humanitarian aid.
“We took a picture with him and I asked him why he didn’t buy West Ham and he said because Chelsea were closer to his house.
“He really saved my life.”
brothers in arms
SHAUN and Aiden have matching Happy Days tattoos to remind them of their military days.
They drunk bought them in Moldova when they got their Ukraine visas.
When they ministered in Syria, they would say “Happy Days” when the going got tough.
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