90% of Ukrainian prisoners suffer torture in Russian captivity, says Prosecutor General

Andriy Kostin
Andriy Kostin

90% of Ukrainian prisoners are subjected to physical and moral torture in Russian captivity, Ukraine's Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said on June 8, news agency Interfax Ukraine reports.

"The first so-called screening – an informal conversation with prisoners of war who are now returning – shows that up to 90% of our people suffer from various kinds of torture, inhuman treatment, physical, including sexual, and mental violence," he said.

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The system Russia has created is a system of torture and inhuman treatment of those who fall into their hands, said Kostin.

2,200 victims who were subjected to torture and inhuman treatment in Russian captivity have been identified, the Prosecutor General reported earlier.

Ukraine returned 75 Ukrainians from Russian captivity, including four civilians on May 31. Among them was Mariupol investigator Mariana Checheliuk, who was fleeing Russian shelling in the Azovstal shelters.

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