Russian -Ukraine war – latest updates: Accounts of torture emerge as Russia retreats from key region

Ukrainian troops enter Sviatohirsk in Donetsk Oblast after recapturing town

As Ukraine sets it sight on freeing all its territory occupied by the invading forces, accounts of Russian torture have emerged in the liberated areas.

A resident of Balakliya in the Kharkiv region called Artem recounted being held captive by Russians and tortured with electrocution. The region was liberated on 8 September after almost six months of occupation. Artem told BBC that he could hear screams of terror from other cells.

He told the outlet that the occupiers turned off the building’s noisy ventilation system “so everyone could hear how people scream when they are shocked with electricity”.

“They made me hold two wires,” he said. “There was an electric generator. The faster it went, the higher the voltage. They said, ‘if you let it go, you are finished’. Then they started asking questions. They said I was lying, and they started spinning it even more and the voltage increased.”

So far, about 8,000 sq km have been liberated this month in the northeastern region of Kharkiv, said president Volodymyr Zelensky in his address yesterday.

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Accounts of Russian torture emerge from area liberated by Ukraine

The residents in the newly-liberated areas of Ukraine recounted the incidences of torture by Russian forces during the detention.

Artem, a resident in the city of Balkliya in the Kharki region held by Russian forces for more than 40 days, shared a detailed account of torture and electrocution.

He told BBC that he could hear screams of pain and torure from other cells as well, adding that the occupiers turned of the building noisy ventilation system, so the cried could be heard.

Man stands in front of a destroyed house in Bohorodychne village in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, on 13 September 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukrain

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“They made me hold two wires,” he said. “There was an electric generator. The faster it went, the higher the voltage. They said, ‘if you let it go, you are finished’. Then they started asking questions. They said I was lying, and they started spinning it even more and the voltage increased.”

Artem shared, he was detained because they found a picture of his brother in uniform.

Another man said he was held because they found him with Ukrainian flag.

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