Police investigators and criminalists continue to investigate all crimes committed by Russian servicemen on the territory of the Kharkiv region, and have now moved to liberated Vovchansk. All locals knew that the improvised headquarters of the Russians was located on the territory of the aggregate plant. There was also a prison where civilians were kept. Also, another “base” of the Russians was in the police department, as in every captured city. The Russians set up a prison and a torture chamber for residents who did not support the Russian occupiers and refused to cooperate with them. According to witnesses, the Russian military held 20 to 40 people in one cell of approximately 12 square meters. Tools for torture, shackles, collars, etc. were found in the room. It was established that in this place the occupiers mercilessly beat illegally held prisoners, tortured them with electric current, pulled out nails, and broke fingers. The days of people’s captivity are recorded on the walls of the torture chamber where they were held in inhumane conditions. Moreover, one of the prisoners engraved a prayer in one of the cells. At the moment, the investigators have removed all the evidence, including fingerprints, roadblock diagrams, clothes, and most importantly – documentation of the occupiers. Law enforcement officers also inspected the premises of the occupation administration of Vovchansk. During the occupation of the settlement, the so-called administration was equipped by the Russians in the premises of the local administrative services center. All “business affairs” were conducted here, which was evident by seized items and documentation. During the inspection of the premises, investigators and forensic experts of the National Police discovered lists of collaborators who had gone over to the side of the enemy and agreed to cooperate with the occupiers. In addition, among the documents found there was salary information and information on the provision of social assistance in Russian rubles. It was also established that the occupation authorities demanded so-called “voluntary contributions” from farmers for the opportunity to continue agricultural work. In particular, it was established that they had to pay 20 US dollars to the occupiers for sowing one hectare of land, and another 30 US dollars for harvesting.

Source: Serhii Bolvinov

Source: Kharkiv Police

Source: National Police