Ukraine prosecutor says four suspected Russian torture sites found in Kherson

Ukrainian police and prosecutors have identified four places in Kherson where they suspect Russian forces tortured people before the troops abandoned the city.

In a statement on the Telegram messaging app, the prosecutor general’s office said the Russian forces had set up “pseudo-law enforcement agencies” in detention centers and a police building in the southern Ukrainian city.

The police, prosecutors and experts based their findings on documents signed by the Russian forces that occupied Kherson soon after invading Ukraine in February until pulling out this month, the statement said.

They also discovered objects in the buildings, including parts of rubber batons, a wooden bat, handcuffs and an incandescent lamp, as well as bullets found in walls, it said.

“Various methods of torture, physical and psychological violence were applied to people in cells and basements,” the prosecutor’s office said.

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Moscow has rejected allegations of abuse against civilians and soldiers.

It has also accused Ukraine of staging such abuses in places that were previously occupied by Russia, such as Bucha, near Kyiv.

Reuters identified a police building in Kherson where, according to more than half a dozen residents, people were interrogated and tortured during Russia’s nearly nine-month occupation.

The Kremlin and Russia’s Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to those accusations.

Russia has also accused Ukrainian soldiers of abuses during the conflict.

Last week, Moscow said that Ukrainian soldiers had executed more than 10 Russian prisoners of war, citing a video circulating on Russian social media.

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