Conflicts & War

Kyiv reports finding of torture chambers in Kherson

Lviv, Ukraine, Nov 21 (EFE).- Ukrainian prosecutors said Monday they had found torture chambers allegedly used by Russian troops in four buildings in the recently liberated city of Kherson.

A statement published by the Prosecutor General’s office on Facebook said that prosecutors “together with police officers and experts, inspected four premises where the occupiers illegally detained people and brutally tortured them during the seizure of the city.”

According to the investigators, documents found at the sites prove that Russian soldiers and representatives of the Russian special services had established “pseudo-law enforcement agencies” in the seized buildings during the occupation of Kherson, which began shortly after the invasion started in February and ended this month.

In those documents were certificates of representatives of the occupation’s police, shift schedules, and reports under the labels “duty unit”, “investigation office” and “criminal investigation”.

Several objects were seized from the premises such as “parts of rubber truncheons, a wooden bat, an apparatus used by the occupiers to torture civilians with electricity, an incandescent lamp, and bullets from the walls.”

The prosecutor also reported that “in the cells and basements, various methods of torture, physical and psychological violence were used against people.”

On November 9, Russia’s military announced its retreat from the regional capital of Kherson, in southern Ukraine, to the left bank of the Dnieper river after an eight-month-long control over the city.

Russia has repeatedly denied allegations made by Kyiv and Western countries that it has committed war crimes in Ukrainian cities and towns its forces occupied. EFE


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