Ukrainian war prisoners, civilians ‘tortured’ by Russian forces

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Ukrainian war prisoners, civilians 'tortured' by Russian forces

Russia's armed forces are torturing prisoners of war and civilians in southern Ukraine, Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleged Saturday, reported DW, quoting news agencies.

The rights group said it carried out interviews with dozens of people in the occupied regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, revealing 42 cases where Russian forces had either made civilians disappear or otherwise arbitrarily detained them.

Some had not had any contact with the outside world and many had been tortured.

HRW also documented the torture of three members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces who were POWs. Two of them died.

The non-profit agency said the purpose of the abuse seemed to be to obtain information and to instill fear so that people would accept the Russian occupation.

"Russian forces have turned occupied areas of southern Ukraine into an abyss of fear and wild lawlessness," said Yulia Gorbunova, senior Ukraine researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Ukrainian war prisoners, civilians 'tortured' by Russian forces

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