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About 90% of Ukrainian prisoners of war were tortured – Prosecutor General

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 19:04
About 90% of Ukrainian prisoners of war were tortured  – Prosecutor General
Prosecutor General Andrii Kostin. Photo: Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine

According to recent estimates, roughly 90% of Ukrainian prisoners of war have been subjected to torture, rape, threats of sexual violence, or other forms of ill-treatment.

Source: Prosecutor General Andrii Kostin during a meeting with Dr Alice Jill Edwards, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

Quote: "We are finding evidence of these horrors in all the liberated territories. In Kherson Oblast alone, 11 torture chambers have been recorded. In Kharkiv Oblast, investigations are ongoing into almost 100 cases of torture, in which more than 700 victims have been identified."


Details: According to the Prosecutor General, 156 suspects have been identified so far - Russian military personnel and representatives of the occupying "authorities". Indictments have been filed against 114 people, and 35 have been convicted of torture and ill-treatment as war crimes. 


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