Ukrainian prosecutors investigate evidence of Russian torture chambers

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As Ukrainian forces recaptured territory in the east, evidence has come to light of torture chambers used during the Russian occupation.

In the village of Kozacha Lopan, police and local prosecutor Kateryna Shevtsova are investigating evidence of Russian war crimes.

The town’s police station was used as a base by a local pro-Russian militia during the occupation, alleged torture victims say.

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A local man, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was held in the station for five days, during which Russian troops tortured him with electric shocks. They wanted information about his work in the Ukrainian army. “After five electric shocks, I tried to bang my head against the wall screaming, it was terrible,” he said.

The head of the UN human rights mission in Ukraine said earlier this month that there is evidence that some POWs held by Russians have been subjected to torture and ill-treatment that could amount to war crimes.

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Russia denies torture or other ill-treatment of prisoners of war.

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