Mass graves and torture chambers found in liberated Mykolaiv: officials

Ukrainian officials uncovered more atrocities of the Russian Aggressive War as horrors in liberated Mykolaiv were uncovered.

Ivan Kukhta, head of the military administration in the town of Sniguriv, said torture chambers and mass graves had been discovered, as well as known looting by Russian soldiers who left little behind.

“They had time to get together, to collect all the looted property. The Russians took everything, all the equipment from utility companies, private companies, they took cars, tractors from private individuals,” wrote Kukhta on Suspilne media. “It was a terrible mess, batteries and boilers torn out, etc., everything possible was taken, they took everything with them.”

Kukhta also spoke of abuses against Ukrainians, torture, harassment, transportation of prisoners and discoveries of mass graves.

“There are many stories of torture, abuse, people were taken to Kherson, to Kakhovka,” Kukhta said. “Now we find tortured people, we understand where the mass graves are. There are a lot of stories and they are one way: abuse, harassment. , we will take Odessa, we will take Kyiv.”

Forensic technicians carry a black body bag to the site of a mass burial on October 11, 2022 in Lyman, Ukraine. Mass graves have been reported in the recently liberated Mykolaiv Oblast.
Photo by Oleksii Samsonov/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images

Kukhta said torture chambers had been discovered in the police station and possibly in restaurants, and there were reports of screams that could be heard throughout the city.

“The torture chamber was in the district police station, then the torture chamber was placed in a restaurant in Snyuriv, we knew that,” Kukhta said. “People called us and said that the screams of the tortured people were very audible. People who lived there in high-rise buildings had to move to relatives in other streets, so as not to hear the screams. “

Sniguriv is the largest settlement in eastern Mykolaiv Oblast. Russian troops occupied Sniguriv on March 19, nearly a month after invading Ukraine. He was occupied for more than six months before being released last week.

The war enters its 264th day on Monday and is rapidly approaching the 10-month mark.

Russia mustered troops along Ukraine’s northern and western borders in late January, while also carrying out military operations with neighboring Belarus. Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24 this year and there were heavy casualties on both sides. That includes more than 40,000 Ukrainian civilians, foreign fighters, Ukrainian military and about 80,500 Russians, according to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry and the Pentagon.

Since the beginning of the war, Russia has failed to catch up with Kyiv, Lviv and Odessa, but it has occupied many regions in the eastern part of Ukraine.

A month ago, Russia annexed four Ukrainian regions – Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson – claiming that the citizens of these regions had voted overwhelmingly in favor. Zelensky said he described the situations in Donetsk and Luhansk as “difficult”.

Newsweek contacted the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense for comments.


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