Published on: 09/22/2022 – 07:55 In the Ukrainian village of Kozatcha Lopan, which adjoins the Russian border, justice is investigating war crimes by Russian forces. Kateryna Shevtsova, an employee of the regional prosecutor’s office, visits basements where Ukrainians were allegedly tortured, accompanied by the criminal police in search of clues. Our journalist followed their investigations. In Kozatcha Lopan, in northwestern Ukraine, part of this basement has been transformed into a dungeon. It’s damp, cold and the smell of urine is strong. “People were kept here to be tortured, that’s why we inspect the place with investigators and experts”, explains Kateryna Shevtsova , from the Derhachi prosecutor’s office. This is not the only place in the village where torture was practiced. In the distance, artillery fire is heard. Not enough to interrupt the work of the investigators. Our journalist is now following the representative of the Ukrainian justice system and the criminal police in the basement of a station. According to several witnesses heard by the police, this place was used as a torture room. DNA is found on the various objects present on site. They will be taken for expertise.>> See also, our report: with the French gendarmes who document the war crimes in Ukraine “During the inspection, we found tape and we examine it because they (the Russian soldiers) probably used it to tie the hands of the victims.” This resident – who wishes to remain anonymous – spent five days in this basement before being moved to another prison. A former member of the Ukrainian forces, the Russian soldiers went after him. “One of them questioned me about my service and my position in the army. He pulled down my pants, my underpants and he told me ‘you lie down straight!'”, he testifies. “He took an iron clamp and hooked it to my penis. They said to me ‘you are going to answer!’ After five electric shocks, I tried to hit my head against the wall… I was screaming, it was excruciating.” The man said he was relieved by the presence of the investigators. Relieved, but nevertheless destroyed.>> To read also, our long-format: Ukraine: how to judge war crimes?
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