KYIV: On Tuesday, UN investigators and Ukrainian police said that they were investigating alleged Russian abuses. Kherson During eight months of occupation, the key southern city was subject to torture and forced disappearances and detentions.
Matilda Bogner (head of UN’s Ukraine monitoring mission for human rights), decried the aforementioned. “dire humanitarian situation” The city.
From Kyiv she stated that her teams are planning to travel to Kherson in order to verify claims about nearly 80 cases involving enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and other allegations. “understand whether the scale is in fact larger than what we have documented already”.
Speaking to a UN briefing in Geneva by video, Bogner said some former Ukrainian prisoners of war had recounted an array of physical abuse, “including being stabbed, shot with a stun gun, threatened with mock executions, being hung by the hands or legs, and burned with cigarettes”.
The war continued elsewhere in Ukraine Tuesday. Kyiv’s mayor said strikes on Ukraine’s capital hit two residential buildings and that air defence units shot down other missiles.
Vitali Klitschko, said on his Telegram social media channel that medics and rescuers are being scrambled to the sites of the attacks. The strikes followed air raid sirens in the capital and break what had been a period of comparative calm since previous waves of drone and missile attacks several weeks ago.
The retaking of Kherson was one of Ukraine’s biggest successes in the nearly 9-month-old Russian invasion and dealt another stinging blow to the Kremlin. But large parts of eastern and southern Ukraine remain under Russian control and fighting continues.
Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday reported another civilian death, from Russian shelling, in eastern Ukraine — adding to the invasion’s heavy toll of many tens of thousands killed and wounded.
The reports of abuse came as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday likened the recapture of the Kherson to the Allied landings in France on D-Day in World War II, saying both were watersheds on the road to eventual victory.
Speaking via video link to a Group of 20 summit in Indonesia, Zelenskyy said Kherson’s liberation from eight months of Russian occupation was “reminiscent of many battles in the past, which became turning points in the wars”.
“It’s like, for example, D-Day — the landing of the Allies in Normandy. It was not yet a final point in the fight against evil, but it already determined the entire further course of events. This is exactly what we are feeling now,” He said.
The liberation of Kherson — the only provincial capital that Moscow had seized — has sparked days of celebration in Ukraine and allowed families to be reunited for the first time in months. The city’s remaining 80,000 inhabitants are now without heat, water, or electricity and starved for food and medicine as winter draws near.
Yet, US President Joe Biden still called it a “remarkable event”. “significant victory” Ukraine Biden spoke on the sidelines at the G-20 summit and added: “We’re going to continue to provide the capability for the Ukrainian people to defend themselves.”
In his address to the G-20, Zelenskyy called for the creation of a special tribunal to try Russian military and political figures for the crime of aggression against Ukraine, and the creation of an international mechanism to compensate Kyiv for wartime deaths and destruction.
Zelenskyy referred to the G-20 meeting as “the G-19 summit,” adhering to Kyiv’s line that Russia should be excluded from the grouping.
“Everywhere, when we liberate our land, we see one thing — Russia leaves behind torture chambers and mass burials. … How many mass graves are there in the territory that still remains under the control of Russia?” Zelenskyy pointedly inquired.
Ukrainian authorities claim they are seeing evidence of atrocities committed in Kherson just like in other liberated regions. The head of the National Police of Ukraine, Igor Klymenko, said on Tuesday that authorities are to start investigating reports from Kherson residents that Russian forces set up at least three alleged torture sites in now-liberated parts of the wider Kherson region and that “our people may have been detained and tortured there”.
“Mine clearance is currently underway. After that, I think, today, investigative actions will begin,” he said on Ukrainian TV.
UN investigators also want to travel to the city to verify allegations of nearly 80 cases of enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention and “understand whether the scale is in fact larger than what we have documented already”, said the head of the UN human rights office’s monitoring mission in Ukraine, Matilda Bogner.
She warned of a “dire humanitarian situation” Kherson
Bogner, speaking via video link from Kyiv also gave an update on her office’s work regarding the treatment of POWs. Several former Ukrainian POWs described a variety of physical abuse. “including being stabbed, shot with a stun gun, threatened with mock executions, being hung by the hands or legs, and burned with cigarettes,” She spoke.
She added that some people described electric shocks to the genitals or being pulled by a string around their legs.
On Monday, Zelenskyy surprised Kherson with a surprise visit. He described the Russian retreat to the southern city as “the best”. “beginning of the end of the war,” But they also recognized the high price Ukrainian soldiers have to pay in their relentless effort to repel Russia’s invasion force.