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A Russian torture chamber has been discovered in Ukraine where victims’ teeth have been extracted and some of them buried alive.
The grim discovery was made in the northern Ukraine town of Pisky-Rad’kivs’ki, about 25 kilometers east of the city of Izyum.
Images show a plastic bucket filled with dozens of gold teeth, caps and dentures pulled from victims of the site, according to Ukrainian officials.
Another shows a gas mask filled with a burning rag to force the wearer to inhale acrid smoke, while locals recounted how some victims were buried alive.
A bucket of gold fillings, caps and dentures pulled from victims of a Russian torture chamber, according to Ukrainian officials, has been discovered in Kharkiv Oblast
A gas mask and burnt rag were used to force people to inhale acrid smoke, Ukrainian officials say, while other victims were buried alive
It is just the latest example of Russian soldiers summarily torturing and executing civilians in occupied areas of the country, following the discovery of mass graves in Bucha, Irpin and Izyum.
Dozens of torture chambers – often set up in the basements of abandoned government buildings – have also been discovered.
In some, bodies were found with their hands tied and gunshot wounds to their knees or to the back of the head.
Survivors of such places describe being held for weeks and regularly tortured during interrogation sessions — electrocuted while being ordered to give the names of locals affiliated with the military or government.
The latest torture site was unveiled by Serhii Bolvinov, chief investigator in the Kharkiv region, where the city is located.
He wrote: ‘Neighbors heard constant yelling here. Investigators found a terrible torture chamber in the village.
“Police have been made aware of the torture of being buried alive and using a gas mask with a smoldering rag.
It is only the latest evidence that Russian troops detained, tortured and murdered civilians in occupied territories after this horror house was found in Izyum.
Electric cables are pictured in an evidence bag after forensic investigators suspected they were used to torture Ukrainian prisoners
A Ukrainian police officer investigates a cell as the words of the Lord’s Prayer are written on the wall of the district police used by Russian occupiers for torture in Balaklya, a town in northeastern Kharkov region
“A dildo and a box of torn dentures were also found in the torture chamber.”
The grim discovery was made when Ukraine liberated dozens of towns and villages in both the north and south from Russian forces.
After a lightning offensive in Kharkov last month that brought virtually the entire province under Ukrainian control, troops have driven the Russians out of the last areas they occupied – most east of the Oskil River.
At least two towns were liberated on Tuesday as Ukrainian forces attempt to push further east into neighboring Luhansk Oblast.
Pisky-Rad’kivs’ki is located in the same area, east of the Oskil.
Meanwhile, hundreds of miles further south, the Russian frontline suffered partial collapse on Tuesday as Kiev’s men ran 10 miles ahead in a matter of hours.
President Zelensky said overnight that “dozens” of towns and villages were liberated when social media was flooded with images of flag-waving soldiers greeted by grateful locals after Russian troops fled their positions.
Members of the Ukrainian emergency service, police and experts lift a coffin from a grave at a mass cemetery in Izium
The new atrocities echo those in Bucha and Irpin earlier in the war, when at least 458 civilians died under Russian occupation (photo, a mass grave)
The gains in Kherson are significant as it was one of four regions that Putin annexed last week — saying they would be part of Russia “forever”.
It’s also where most of its best combat units are located — up to 30,000 men at any given time, analysts say — so a defeat here would question the Russian military’s ability to control any territory it now occupies.
Ukraine has been attacking the region since early August and had only made small gains until this week.
Their goal is to retake the city of Kherson itself – the only regional capital to fall to Putin’s forces during the invasion – which would be a hammer blow to his war effort.
Ukraine spent weeks before the battle cutting bridges over the Dnipro River — which divides the city — to prevent Russia from reinforcing and resupplying its soldiers on the western bank.
However, there are still thought to be some 5,000 men guarding the city, amid reports that Putin has issued strict instructions that the city cannot be surrendered.