Child burned alive and civilians found mutilated in ‘torture chamber’ in Ukraine – World News


Photos of burned bodies found after the liberation of the village near Kharkiv appear to be evidence that Russian soldiers tortured innocent Ukrainians

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Putin’s invasion on February 4 caused unspeakable horror in Ukraine

The horrors of war in Ukraine intensified after Russian troops were accused of setting up a torture chamber and burning a child and his parents alive.

The charred remains of the boy and his family were discovered by Ukrainian troops liberating an occupied village. The harrowing photos illustrate the unbearable horrors of a war that is now raging into its seventh week.

Officials said the innocent civilians appeared to have been tortured and mutilated in an outbuilding before being set on fire. A medic was discovered nearby bound and shot in the chest after also being tortured in his final moments

Troops found the family’s cremated remains in the basement of a house in Husarivka, a village near Kharkiv that was under Russian control.

Blurred photo of charred bodies found in a village near Kharkiv

Ukrainian police said: “While documenting the crimes committed by the Russian military, investigators found three mutilated and tortured bodies in a household’s basement. The identities of the dead are established.

“Investigators say examination of the bodies revealed evidence of ongoing abuse and torture.

“People were burned alive. A child was tortured.” The spokesman said a number of villagers were missing, adding, “Their fate is unknown.”

Amid vivid evidence of war crimes across the country, 132 civilians were found shot dead in Makariv, a town 30 miles west of the capital Kyiv. Ukrainian defense forces spotted a teenager shot dead in a forest with his hands tied behind his back.

Ten miles north, bodies were recovered from a mass grave in a churchyard in Borodyanka, with the hellish scenes feared to be worse than those in nearby Bucha, where at least 300 people were shot execution-style at point-blank range.

In Kherson, 45 miles southeast of Mykolaiv, near the Black Sea, Russian soldiers are kidnapping and torturing civilians in the only city they control.

Ukrainians protesting the Russian presence have been shot at, hunted down in their homes and kidnapped, local residents say. Prisoners were interrogated in the basement of the Russian-seized police department, and the fate of many remains unknown.

Inna, 52, has been unable to leave Kherson and fears for her elderly father, who remains in a nearby village that is being shelled.

She said: “Russian tanks are driving through the city and soldiers are walking around with guns. We are intimidated by Russian soldiers trying to bribe us with humanitarian aid.

“Protesters come to rallies, but we put ourselves at risk of being killed. They open fire on us indiscriminately. My friend was shot in the leg.”

Human remains were found in a basement in the village

Desperate efforts were made last night to evacuate civilians trapped in besieged towns ahead of another attack.

New attempts have been launched to open 10 humanitarian corridors to bring out tens of thousands of people while Moscow is beefing up its forces in the east of the country. This includes a route out of the devastated city of Mariupol, where 100,000 people are still without food, water or electricity.

Residents of embattled cities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of the disputed Donbass region have also been urged to disembark ahead of an imminent Russian offensive.

But fears remain among officials that attempts to get families to safety could falter again. Previous efforts were called off after convoys came under fire. Civilian evacuations began as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for a strong global response to Friday’s deadly rocket attack on a train station.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wants more international action


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At least 52 people, including five children, were killed when two rockets smashed through the station in Kramatorsk, where thousands tried to flee. One of the Tochka-U rockets had the message “for our children” scrawled in Russian – but the Kremlin continued to deny any responsibility yesterday.

Mariupol, once a dynamic city of 400,000 people, was razed to the ground during seven weeks of relentless bombing. Thousands are feared to have died either as direct victims of the Russians or from dehydration and starvation.

Western officials said Russian President Vladimir Putin changed his military leadership, frustrated by his slow progress. According to reports, General Alexander Dvornikov, a key commander in the Russian bombing of Syria, has been put in charge.

Russia’s invasion, which began on February 4, has forced four million people to flee abroad, killing or injuring thousands and leaving a quarter of the population homeless.

British families claim the government has failed Ukrainian refugees with its visa regime. Betsy Freeman, 39, has offered Lviv’s mother Olena, 41, and her 21-year-old niece and eight-year-old daughter a home in Cambridge.

But Betsy, who works in publishing, says she and her husband Fred are still waiting for news despite applying on March 11.

Fred, 38, also in publishing, said: “It took Olena five hours to fill out the insanely complicated and long forms with little guidance on how to do it. Every day we video call Olena and her family trying to stay positive while feeling so powerless.

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