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Grim torture chambers found in Kherson with desperate messages scratched on walls

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Grim torture chambers found in Kherson with desperate messages scratched on walls

Items are seen inside a cell at a preliminary detention centre which is believed to have been used by Russian forces to jail and torture civilians.
The Ukrainian government believes people who ‘refused to cooperate’ were tortured (Picture: Getty)

Disturbing dungeons seemingly used by Russian soldiers to torture civilians have been found in liberated Kherson.

The Ukrainian government believes ‘local patriots’ who ‘refused to cooperate with the enemy’ were targeted.

‘Kherson residents were interrogated and brutally tortured,’ officials claimed.

‘Torture law enforcement officers found objects that directly indicate signs of torture.’

These include gas masks and bottles of liquid which are currently being analysed.

Wall markings paint a bleak picture with tallies appearing to show inmates counting the number of days they were held captive.

One person wrote: ‘Pray to God for us. God, give us strength. God, save and protect.’

There were also signs that Russian troops tried to clear away evidence before they fled Kherson.

Ukrainian secret service alleges discovery of horrific Russian torture chamber in liberated Kherson. The writing on the wall in Russian reads: 'Pray god for us. God, give strength. God, save and protect.'
Messages reading ‘Pray god for us. God, give strength. God save and protect’ were found in the room (Picture: east2west)
A burnt bed is seen in a cell at a preliminary detention centre, which, as Ukrainians say, was used by Russian service members to jail and torture people, before they retreated from Kherson.
Russian troops allegedly tried to get rid of any evidence before they fled (Picture: Reuters)
Graffiti done by Russian forces is seen on the walls at a preliminary detention centre which is believed to have been used by Russian forces to jail and torture civilians.
Russian forces left graffiti on the walls of a detention centre in Kherson (Picture: Getty)
Bottles of liquid in a basement.
Inspectors found bottles of liquid they suspect may have been used for torture (Picture: East2West News)
Tallies written on a wall.
The walls showed tallies of what seems like inmates counting their days in captivity (Picture: East2West)
Wooden chair with tie around it.
Ukraine said civilians were ‘brutally tortured’ during the occupation (Picture: East2West News)

The gruesome discovery was made after residents tipped off police and the Ukrainian secret service on patrol in the city.

Moscow has long been accused of committing war crimes while occupying Ukraine – allegations the Kremlin has denied.

Vladimir Putin suffered a humiliating defeat on Friday, when his fighters were forced to retreat from the only regional capital they had managed to capture.

Scenes of celebration were seen in Kherson with Volodymyr Zelensky calling the victory ‘the beginning of the end of the war’.

But the president has also acknowledged the heavy human toll the war had taken.

He said: ‘Investigators have already documented more than 400 Russian war crimes, and the bodies of both civilians and military personnel have been found.’

Gas masks.
Investigators also found gas masks (Picture: East2West)
Items are seen inside a cell at a preliminary detention centre which is believed to have been used by Russian forces to jail and torture civilians.
The inside of a cell in a Russian detention centre (Picture: Getty)
KHERSON, UKRAINE - NOVEMBER 16: Graffiti done by Russian forces is seen on the walls at a preliminary detention centre which is believed to have been used by Russian forces to jail and torture civilians on November 16, 2022 in Kherson, Ukraine. Ukrainian forces took control of Kherson last week, as well as swaths of its surrounding region, after Russia pulled its forces back to the other side of the Dnipro river. Kherson was the only regional capital to be captured by Russia following its invasion on February 24. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Russian troops were forced to flee Kherson on Friday (Picture: Getty)

The United Nations found both Ukraine and Russia had tortured prisoners of war.

More than 100 prisoners of war on each side of the conflict have been interview by the Ukraine-based monitoring team since April.

They found the ‘vast majority’ of Ukrainian prisoners faced treatment including dog attacks, mock executions, electric shocks and sexual violence.

The UN went on to say they had heard ‘credible allegations’ of Ukrainian troops executing Russian prisoners without any trial.

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