KYIV, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Ukrainian police and prosecutors have identified four locations in Kherson where they suspect Russian forces tortured people before abandoning the city, the prosecutor general’s office said on Monday.
In a statement on the Telegram messaging app, he said Russian forces had set up “pseudo-law enforcement agencies” in detention centers and a police building in the southern city of Ukraine.
Police, prosecutors and experts based their findings on documents signed by Russian forces that occupied Kherson shortly after invading Ukraine in February until their withdrawal this month, the statement said.
They also discovered objects in the buildings, including parts of rubber truncheons, a wooden bat, handcuffs and an incandescent lamp, and bullets were found in the walls, he added.
“Various methods of torture, physical and psychological violence were applied to people in the cells and basements,” the prosecution said.
Moscow has dismissed allegations of abuse against civilians and soldiers. He also accused Ukraine of staging such abuses in places that were previously occupied by Russia, such as Bucha, near Kyiv.
Reuters has identified a police building in Kherson where more than half a dozen residents say people were interrogated and tortured during the nearly nine-month Russian occupation. The Kremlin and the Russian Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to these accusations.
Russia has also accused Ukrainian soldiers of abuses during the conflict. Moscow said last week that Ukrainian soldiers had executed more than 10 Russian prisoners of war, citing a video circulating on Russian social media. The Kremlin said on Monday it would bring those responsible for the killings to justice.
Dmytro Lubinets, Ukrainian human rights commissioner, on Sunday dismissed the Russian accusations.
“From excerpts from the video of the incident involving Russian soldiers in the Lugansk region, it can be concluded that, using a staged capture, the Russians committed a war crime – they opened fire on soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces,” he wrote. on Telegram.
“In this case, Russian servicemen cannot be considered prisoners of war, but are fighting and committing perfidy,” he said. “Felling back is not a war crime. On the contrary, those who want to use the protection of international law to murder must be punished.”
Written by Timothy Heritage; edited by Grant McCool
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