Inside Russian ‘torture chambers’ in Ukraine following mass grave discovery

Photos showing alleged torture chambers used by Russia emerged on Sunday (September 18).

Some, if not all, of the pictures were taken in the now-liberated village of Kozach Lopan in the Kharkiv region, according to Ukrainian authorities.

The disturbing pics show dirty bedding laid on a damp concrete floor and two black buckets, reportedly used as toilets, in one corner of the cinder-block basement prison.

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Broken pieces of Styrofoam, cigarette butts and pumpkin seed shells can also be seen littered the floor.

President Zelenskyy said in his nightly address to the nation on Saturday: "More than 10 torture chambers have already been found in the liberated areas of Kharkiv region, in various cities and towns."

He added that "a room for torture and tools for electric torture was found" in a train station in the same town.

The publication of the harrowing snaps comes following the discovery of a mass grave in the Ukrainian city of Izyum, also in the Kharkiv region, just days prior.

More than 440 bodies were found in the city, which has also recently been liberated from Russia, with images and footage released showing wooden crosses jutting out from mounds of earth in the ground.

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Ukrainian authorities say there is evidence that many of the victims were tortured before their death.

“In the first grave, there is a civilian who has a rope over her neck. So we see the traces of torture," Kharkiv regional prosecutor Olexander Ilyenkov told the BBC.

The two discoveries come amid calls for a war-crimes probe into the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine.

Jan Lipavsky, foreign minister of the Czech Republic – the country that currently holds the presidency of the EU – took to Twitter, saying that the mass grave could indicate that Russia had committed "unthinkable and abhorrent" war crimes.

He wrote: "We stand for the punishment of all war criminals.

"In the 21st Century such attacks against the civilian population are unthinkable and abhorrent.

"We must not overlook it. I call for the speedy establishment of a special international tribunal that will prosecute the crime of aggression."

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