After Russian withdrawal from Cherson: Ukraine reports evidence of torture

Status: 17.11.2022 10:30 a.m

The Ukrainian government reports evidence of Russian war crimes in the liberated Kherson region. Accordingly, dozens of bodies were discovered – some with signs of torture, as the interior minister said.

About a week after the withdrawal of Russian troops, the Ukrainian police discovered evidence of torture in Kherson, according to the government. People were held captive in eleven places in the southern Ukrainian region. There are four signs of torture, the country’s interior minister, Denys Monastyrskyj, said on Ukrainian television.

In all, law enforcement uncovered 436 cases of war crimes during the Russian occupation. According to Monastyrskyj, 63 bodies have been found so far, some with signs of torture. However, the investigation is only just beginning. Monastyrskyj assumes that “many more torture chambers and burial sites will be discovered”.

conflicting parties as a source

Information on the course of the war, shelling and casualties provided by official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian conflict parties cannot be directly checked by an independent body in the current situation.

Not the first reports of war crimes

Initially, there were no independent confirmations. However, mass graves, torture chambers and some civilian bodies showing signs of torture were also discovered in other areas of Ukraine where Russian troops have withdrawn.

Ukraine and international investigators accuse Russia of war crimes in occupied territories. Russia denies its troops have targeted civilians and committed atrocities.

According to Ukrainian police, around 63 bodies have been discovered in recaptured Kherson

Gesine Dornblüth, DLR Moscow, 11/17/2022 10:39 a.m

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