Russia had set up several torture chambers in Kherson, Ukrainian ombudsman says

17 November 2022, 11:18 PM
Kherson was liberated on November 16, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Kherson was liberated on November 16, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

The sheer scale of torture operations Moscow had running in Kherson during its months-long occupation of the city is “unprecedented,” Ukraine’s Parliamentary Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Nov. 17.

Lubinets said law enforcement officers have already discovered two torture chambers in Kherson, where Russians held dozens of people. There is also evidence that some of them were killed after being tortured.

“I have probably never seen such a scale,” said Lubinets.

“And I personally visited all Russian torture facilities in different regions of Ukraine. The scale is simply terrible... It almost seems as if the Russians get some kind of perverted pleasure from this – when they kill and torture our citizens.”

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According to Lubinets, he spoke with a man who was imprisoned and tortured by the invaders for 45 days. He witnessed dozens more people being tortured alongside him: “They were tortured with electricity, beaten with metal pipes, and their bones were broken. And all this happened with cameras involved – the Russians recorded it all.”

The ombudsman believes that at least one torture chamber set up by the Russians will be found in every large liberated settlement in Ukraine, because “This is a system built by Russia. It’s called a filtration camp, or a military commandant's office, where civilians are being tortured and killed.”

Earlier, Ukraine’s Internal Ministry reported that law enforcement has already found 63 bodies of people tortured and killed by Russian troops in Kherson Oblast.

On Nov. 11, Russian Defense Ministry reported complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the western bank of the Dnipro River in Kherson Oblast.

The first units of the Ukrainian army entered Kherson on Nov. 11, met by rejoicing residents.

On Nov. 17, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian forces had liberated up to 5580 sq. km of Ukrainian territory and up to 198 settlements in southern Ukraine.

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