The latest barbarism of the war Comes from Severodonetsk, where a Ukrainian soldier prisoner of the Russian forces was tortured by cutting his genitals with a utility knife. The images were broadcast on the channels Telegram who are telling the war closely and the most popular social networks in the West (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) are trying in every way to ban its diffusion. Because they are shocking images, in which a Russian soldier violently tortures the Ukrainian prisoner, on the ground and with his hands tied. But the social networks have managed to trace the identity of the person responsible, difficult to verify in a context such as that of the war in Ukraine.
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Tortures that have been going on since the beginning of the war. So much so that even last the NGO Human Right Wacth (Hrw) denounced the torture, illegal detentions and forced disappearances to which Russian troops are subjecting civilians in the occupied areas of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. “Russian forces have turned the occupied areas of southern Ukraine into an abyss of fear and savage anarchy,” Yulia Gorbunova of HRW said in a statement. Ukraine -. Torture, inhumane treatment, as well as arbitrary detention and illegal imprisonment of civilians, are among the possible war crimes that we have documented ”.
The organization spoke to 71 residents of KhersonMelitopol, Berdiansk, Skadovsk and 10 other cities and towns in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, which described up to 42 cases in which Russian troops allegedly forcibly displaced civilians, arbitrarily detained or even tortured. In addition, HRW documented that three members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces had been taken prisoners of war and that two of them reportedly died. “The purpose of the abuse seems to be to obtain information and instill fear – said the NGO – so that people accept the occupation, since Russia tries to assert sovereignty over the occupied territory in violation of the law. international”..
Respondents claimed to having been tortured or witnessed torture through prolonged beating and, in some cases, electric shocks. They also described injuries including broken ribs and other bones and teeth, severe burns, concussions, broken blood vessels in the eye, cuts and bruises. Specifically, one of the residents – who organized a protest – assured that Russian forces would beat him with a baseball bat while he was in custody. Another person was detained for up to seven days and, when she got out, she “could barely walk.” Residents also said they were blindfolded and handcuffed during their detention and kept with very little food and water and no medical assistance. In several cases, Russian forces released the detainees only after they signed a statement promising to “cooperate” with the authorities or recorded a video urging others to cooperate.CopyAMP code