At least 10 sites that were used as “torture chambers” by Russian forces were discovered after their partial withdrawal from Kharkiv.
Police Chief Ihor Klymenko said on Friday that two of these cameras were found in the town of Balakliia. The locations of the other eight cameras have not been disclosed.
Ten torture chambers have already been discovered in the de-occupied territory of the Kharkiv Oblast. The head of the National Police of Ukraine, Ihor Klymenko, told about it. #RussianWarCrimes pic.twitter.com/F2Kg7WSb8Q
— UkraineWorld (@ukraine_world) September 16, 2022
The information comes after the emergence of another report outlining the atrocities committed by Russia in the occupied parts of Kharkiv. On Thursday, Ukrainian police said they had found a mass grave containing about 440 graves in Izium, another recently liberated city, according to kyivindependent.com.
Sadly, stories about torture and imprisonment of innocents in occupied towns and villages are becoming routine.
Today in Balakliia I met a young man Artem who spent 46 days in horrible conditions and was tortured by Russians. He is lucky to remain alive.
Please watch. pic.twitter.com/jDppHaiRqk
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) September 13, 2022
According to the region’s governor, about 32 percent of Kharkiv was occupied by Russian forces before Ukraine launched its counteroffensive on September 6.
During the operation, the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated more than 300 settlements in the region, with only 6% remaining occupied.
Once Ukraine recaptured those territories, law enforcement began to uncover possible crimes committed by Russian forces during the occupation.
In Balakliia, Russian troops allegedly used the local police station to torture civilians.
According to a police official, the Russians were holding at least 40 people captive at the same time in the station. The officer says that one of the mildest forms of torture they were subjected to was electric shocks.
The reaction of the European Union
The EU is “deeply shocked” by the discovery of hundreds of bodies buried summarily near Izium in Ukraine and “condemns these atrocities in the strongest terms”, said the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell on Friday.
“Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has left a trail of blood and destruction (…). Russia, its political leaders and all those involved in the ongoing violations of international law and international humanitarian law in Ukraine must be held accountable,” he estimated in a statement.
“The EU supports all efforts in this regard,” he stressed.
“Thousands of civilians have already been murdered, many others have been tortured, harassed, sexually assaulted, kidnapped or forcibly displaced. This inhumane behavior by Russian forces (…) must stop immediately,” Borrell said.
Source: Kyiv Independent
Tags: Russia, Ukraine, war, kharkov, torture,
Publication date: 16-09-2022 21:32