Ukraine: Russian forces torture prisoners

Ukrainian officials said they found a makeshift prison where Russian forces tortured prisoners, after Ukrainian forces this month captured the village of Kozacha Luban in a major counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said more than 10 “torture chambers” had been found in the area since the Russian army’s hasty withdrawal last week, and that it was not possible to independently verify allegations of what happened in the rooms.

Torture Cell

On September 11, Ukrainian forces recaptured the town of Kozacha Luban, less than two kilometers from the Russian border. In a statement posted on its Telegram channel, the prosecutor’s office in Kharkiv region, which falls under Kozacha Luban’s jurisdiction, said the room seen by one of the agency’s journalists was used as a torture chamber. Business of the district. She added that the Russian military had established a local police force to run the prison, that documents confirming the police department’s work and torture devices had been seized, and that the investigation was ongoing, the statement said.

Photographs released by prosecutors showed a Russian TA-57 military phone with extra wires attached. Ukrainian authorities have accused Russian forces of using Soviet-era radio phones as a power source to shock prisoners during interrogations.

Compared to the Nazis

In his speech, Zelenskiy mentioned another location at the railway station in Kozacha Luban, where he said “a chamber and equipment for electric torture were found”. Zelensky compared the Russians to the Nazis during World War II.

“And they’ll answer the same way — whether it’s on the battlefield or in the courtroom,” he said.

Burial sites have been found in some areas where Russian forces have been pushed out, most notably in the town of Izium, where Ukrainian officials say more than 440 graves have been found near the town’s cemetery.

Zelensky said it contained the bodies of adult civilians and children, as well as soldiers, who showed signs of violent death, some possibly from torture.

Commander Vitaly from the National Guard said his team was searching the graves of possible victims of abuse at the Kuzach Luban detention center.

The team is also removing bodies from the battlefield, where they lie on the ground where they fell in fields or in burning tanks. Russian troops were pushed across the border into Russia, after months of controlling the area, but artillery fire still rang out. in the air , fired from Russia and landed with a thunderclap and plumes of black smoke over Ukrainian territory.

Vitale said autopsies would be conducted and details of the locations would be recorded and sent to investigators looking into possible war crimes.

Fierce battles

In this border region, where terrible wars have been fought, the villages bear the scars of devastating war: houses bombed and burned, roads strewn with mortars, cars smashed on the side of the road.

Within days of the Russians being driven out, the locals returned to see what was left of their homes.

Humanitarian supplies

A senior Vatican envoy and his team were fired upon while delivering humanitarian supplies in Ukraine, the Vatican News Service reported Sunday, but there were no casualties. The crash happened near the city of Zaporizhia on Saturday, forcing Vatican monk Cardinal Konrad Krzyzewski and others to take cover.

Other details:

Officials confirmed that Russian bombing had hit towns and cities across large parts of Ukraine.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense has warned that attacks on civilian targets are likely to increase as Russia faces defeat on the battlefield.

“Over the past seven days, Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure, even if it does not appear to have an immediate military impact,” the ministry said in an online briefing.

It is possible that Russia has expanded the locations it is willing to strike in an attempt to directly demoralize the Ukrainian people and government.

– Prosecutors in Kharkiv accuse Russia of abusing civilians in a recently abandoned village.

– In an online statement, they said they found a basement where Russian troops allegedly tortured prisoners in the village of Kozacha Luban, near the border with Russia.

Ukrainian authorities have accused Russian forces of using Soviet-era wireless phones as power sources to shock prisoners during interrogations.

Governor Oleh Sinihopov said Russian fire killed four doctors trying to evacuate a psychiatric hospital in Kharkiv region.

– District Governor Valentin Reznichenko said three people were injured in an overnight bombing in the city of Nikopol, across the river from Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

Russian forces seized the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in March, which had six reactors but was operated by Ukrainian engineers.

– Governor Pavlo Kirilenko said five people were killed last day in a Russian attack in the Donetsk region, one of two Ukrainian regions recognized by Russia as a sovereign state.

– The separatist forces that control large parts of Donetsk claimed on Sunday that one prisoner was killed and four wounded in a Ukrainian bomb attack on a prisoner-of-war settlement in Olenivka.

– Russian and Ukrainian officials blamed each other for an attack on Olenivka prison in July that reportedly killed more than 50 prisoners of war.

– The Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank, said Russian forces in Donetsk have continued “pointless operations” in villages instead of reinforcing the front line.

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