Since the Russians fled the Ukrainian city of Kherson, their bombs have disfigured the face of the city, the only provincial capital they occupied at the start of the war. For eight months its inhabitants lived with the invaders, who are now known to have installed a whole network of torture chambers in the bowels of the enclave. The authorities of the former Soviet republic are investigating hundreds of cases of torture
“We have more than 300 cases of people who were held and tortured here, the investigation is still ongoing and the number is growing every day,” said Andriy Kovanniy, head of public relations for the National Guard of Ukraine.
In the torture chambers there is abundant evidence of the practices of the Russian Army during the occupation, Kovanniy says: “There is enough information that proves that people were held here, they used electricity, gas masks and blocked the air, they took away their food and were deprived of sleep, people were mistreated.
Personal objects, food remains, some documents… the floors of these basements are mute witnesses of what happened inside. The Russian anthem scrawled on the wall supports a recurring complaint: detainees were forced to learn it by heart.
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