Ukraine discovered four torture sites used by Russian troops in Kherson

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Investigators seized “pieces of rubber batons, a wooden bat, a device used by the occupants to electrocute civilians, an incandescent lamp, and bullets ”

Ukraine discovered four torture sites used by Russian troops in Kherson

(photos: Ukrainian Prosecutor's Office)

Ukrainian prosecutors said on Monday they had discovered four “torture sites” used by the Russians while they occupied Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine that kyiv forces retook on November 11.

“In Kherson, prosecutors continue to determine Russia's crimes,” the Ukrainian prosecutor's office said on Telegram, stating that officials found “torture sites” in “four buildings”.

Among those four buildings visited by the researchers are pre-war “provisional detention centers” “where, during the takeover of the city, the occupants illegally detained people and They were brutally tortured.”

Ukraine discovered four torture sites used by Russian troops in Kherson

Rooms used by Russians in Kherson

Investigators seized “pieces of rubber batons, a wooden bat, a device used by the occupants to electrocute civilians, an incandescent lamp and bullets”, explained the source, ten days after the Ukrainian army retook Kherson.

“The work to establish the places of torture and illegal detention of people continues,” said the prosecution, noting that it also wants to “identify all the victims.”

Ukraine discovered four torture sites used by Russian troops in Kherson

Ukraine urges civilians to leave areas liberated for winter

Ukrainian authorities have begun evacuating civilians from the newly liberated areas of the Kherson region and neighboring Mykolaiv province, fearing that the damage to infrastructure will be too severe for people to bear the coming winter. , authorities said Monday.

Residents of the two southern regions, regularly shelled in recent months by Russian forces, have been advised to move to safer areas in the center and west of the country, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said.

The government will provide “transportation, accommodation and medical care,” he said.

The evacuations come just over a week after the Ukraine will retake the city of Kherson and its surroundings. The liberation of the area marked an important advance on the battlefield, while the evacuations highlight the difficulties facing the country following heavy Russian shelling of its power infrastructure as winter approaches.

Russia has been shelling Ukraine's power grid and other infrastructure from the air, causing widespread blackouts and leaving millions of Ukrainians without heat, electricity or water as freezing cold and snow blanket the capital kyiv and other cities.

According to Volodymyr Kudrytsky, director of Ukrenergo, the state operator of the Ukrainian electricity grid, in 15 regions of the country blackouts of four hours or more were expected. More than 40% of the country's energy facilities have been damaged by Russian missile attacks in recent weeks.

On Sunday, powerful bombing explosions rocked the Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine, home to Europe's largest nuclear power plant. The IAEA, the world's nuclear watchdog, called for “urgent measures to help prevent a nuclear accident” at the Russian-occupied facility.

kyiv and Moscow blamed each other for the bombings, which came after weeks of relative calm in the area, which has been the scene of fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces since Russia invaded the area on February 24.

The fighting have raised the specter of a nuclear catastrophesince Russian troops occupied the plant – the largest in Europe – during the first days of the war.

In other fighting, at least four civilians were killed and eight others wounded in Ukraine in the last 24 hours, the deputy head of the country's presidential office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said on Monday.

On Sunday night, a Russian missile attack in the northeastern Kharkiv region killed one person and injured two others, according to Kharkiv Governor Oleh Syniehubov. The attack hit a residential building in the town of Shevchenkove, Syniehubov said, killing a 38-year-old woman.

One ​​person was injured overnight in the Dnipropetrovsk region, where Russian forces shelled the city of Nikopol and its surroundings, Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said.

In the eastern Donetsk region, partly controlled by Moscow, Russian forces shelled 14 towns and villages, the region's Ukrainian governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.

Intensive Fighting near the town of Bakhmut, where a school was damaged by shelling. In Makiivka, which is under Russian control, an oil depot was hit by “an explosive object” and caught fire, local authorities based in Moscow said.

In the neighboring region of Luhansk, most of it under Russian control, the Ukrainian army is advancing towards the key cities of Kreminna and Svatove, where the Russians have established a line of defense, according to the Ukrainian governor of Luhansk, Serhiy Haidai.

“There are successes and the Ukrainian army is advancing very slowly, but it will be much more difficult for the Russians to defend themselves after Svatove and Kreminna (are retaken),” Haidai told Ukrainian television.

(With information from AFP and AP)

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