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A local collaborator who led kidnapped Ukrainians to prison cells where they were later tortured has been captured by Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU), according to a report.
The detained suspect voluntarily allegedly cooperated with Russian forces when took they control of Kherson – a port city in eastern Ukraine – last year.
He was reportedly given a job at a local detention facility and led kidnapped Ukrainians to the prison cells, where they were later tortured, the SBU claimed in a Telegram post.
The purported collaborator is said to have joined in during the beating of the prisoners.
The suspect also confiscated their personal belongings and denied them food and water “for a long time.”
The SBU wrote: “While using physical violence against the victims, the collaborator repeatedly threatened to kill them.
“In this way, the Rashists (Russian forces and their supporters) tried to intimidate the residents and ‘break’ the fighting spirit of the resistance movement members.”
The suspect reportedly went into hiding when Ukrainian forces managed to liberate Kherson and he was eventually found by the SBU.
Law enforcement officers raided his home and found documents confirming that he collaborated with the Russian occupation forces, applied for Russian citizenship, and swore a “loyalty oath” to Moscow, the SBU claims.
The suspect could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
This comes after a shocking new investigation exposed the brutal torture tactics used at detention centres in Russian-occupied Kherson.
A team of foreign and Ukrainian leading prosecutors, investigators and lawyers from The Mobile Justice Team found that prisoners were reportedly forced to undergo excruciating horror tactics ranging from genital electrocutions to threats of genital mutilation.
Some were also forced to witness the rape of another detainee with a foreign object covered in a condom were victims of sexual violence tactics employed by pro-Russian perpetrators, investigators found.
Suffocation, waterboarding, severe beatings and threats of rape were among the other brutal techniques frequently used against victims by Russian guards in the Kherson torture chambers, the specialist unit found.
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Russian forces have been accused of numerous war crimes amid Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion that began in February 2022.
This week, Moscow was accused of using a chemical substance in two artillery barrages on August 6.
Colonel Hamish de Bretton-Gordon OBE, a weapons expert, told Daily Express US: “The Russians have done virtually everything from blowing up schools and hospitals, the blood bank yesterday, a dam and threatening nuclear weapons from the get-go.”
Colonel de Bretton-Gordon OBE said using weapons of this nature would “contravene the chemical weapons convention” if true and would be “yet another war crime to add to Russia’s growing list”.
Russia has also used cluster munitions, thermobaric rockets (also dubbed vacuum bombs), and white phosphorous shells against civilian targets in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, in Kherson, the Russian army continued “to shell Kherson residents’ homes in the central part of the city” on Monday night.
Prokudin said via Telegram that the attack lasted for several hours.
A doctor was killed and five medical workers were injured in Russian shelling of a Kherson hospital earlier this month.
Russia rejects claims that it has deliberately been targeting civilians or hospitals over the course of its 18-month invasion.
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