Russia accuses Ukraine of torturing prisoners of war

Russia accuses Ukraine of torturing prisoners of war


Russia said on Tuesday it was investigating the alleged torture of Russian soldiers captured by Ukrainian forces and released in a prisoner swap with Ukraine.&nbsp ;

“The Russian Investigative Committee verifies the facts of inhuman treatment of Russian soldiers prisoners of Ukraine”, indicated this powerful body responsible for criminal investigations in Russia, in a press release.

Russia and Ukraine have exchanged several prisoners of war since the Russian offensive against its neighbor on 24 February. The latest dates back to June 29 and concerned 144 Ukrainians and as many on the Russian side. 

Some of the Russians released on this occasion reported “many facts of the violence they had suffered” during of their detention, according to the press release, citing beatings, electric torture or deprivation of water or food.

Russia indicated last week that it still held more than 6,000 prisoners Ukrainian war crimes, without saying how many Russians were detained.

Ukraine accuses Moscow of numerous war crimes, which the Russian authorities systematically deny, even when the accusations are precisely documented. 

Russia in turn accuses the Ukrainian forces of abuses and of staging the crimes attributed to the Russian army.