“It was dangerous to go near them,” Andrew Kirsanov is a student in computer programming. “You never knew what was inside their minds.”

According to Ms. Samofalova the salesperson, Russian soldiers attacked a group of female doctors and nurses who were sitting nearby them on August night. Their offense: singing patriotic songs on Kherson’s main square, on Ukraine’s independence day. She later found out that the group was brought to. “an underground prison” — several other residents used the same words, “underground prison,” To describe where they were taken by their loved ones.

Apparently the Russians had set up a network of them, using Kherson’s Cold War-era bomb shelters as torture sites. Ms. Samofalova said that she had spoken to the victims herself after their release and that Russian soldiers slammed their rifle butts into the women’s breasts and kept them in custody for 10 days.

Ms. Naumova stated that her jailers had placed her in a dark and empty room, without any windows. An officer from Russia stood before her and screamed: “Who is your network?”

“Where did you get the money?”

“Who is working with you?”

She said that he then pulled his arm back and slapped her on the face.

“I was scared they were going to kill me,” She spoke. “I’m a good actress, so I decided to play the role of an emotional and not very smart girl. I was crying all the time, pretending to be weak. If I behaved as a hero, I would have been dead, very quickly.”

A slim, middle-aged man in her mid-40s gave her a big hug while she told her story on the main square. “This is a beautiful woman with a great spirit,” Oleksandr said it.