Investigators in Ukraine’s recently liberated southern Kherson region have uncovered 63 bodies with signs of torture, Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky was quoted as saying early on Thursday.
“63 bodies have been discovered in Kherson region, but we must understand that the search has only just started so many more dungeons and burial places will be uncovered,” he said.
Minister Monastyrsky reported that law enforcement already uncovered 436 instances of war crimes in the recently liberated Kherson region. Eleven places of detention had been discovered, including four where torture was used.
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“Investigators are currently examining them and setting down every instance of torture. Exhumations are also taking place of the bodies of those who were killed,” the minister said in a televised address, according to Interfax.
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Andriy Kovalenko, a prosecutor in the Kherson regional prosecutor’s office, told the New York Times that testimony had been gathered on 800 detentions by Russians in the region. He said that the most common types of abuse inflicted on detainees were electric shocks, beatings with plastic or rubber batons, and suffocation by pinching the breathing apparatus on a gas mask placed over a prisoner’s head.
Moscow denies allegations that Russian troops target civilians or have committed war crimes. However, Mass burial sites have been found in other parts previously occupied by Russian troops, including some with civilian bodies showing signs of torture.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in his nightly video address on Sunday, said investigators had uncovered more than 400 crimes in Kherson. He said the Russian army left behind corpses, broken infrastructure and landmines in what he described as “the same savagery it did in other regions”.
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