Russian occupation of Kherson called ‘more tragic’ than Bucha: ‘Tortured for months’ | World | New

Ukrainian journalist Konstantin Ryzhenko revealed the horrors of brutal Russian control in the southern region of Kherson. While in the city, Mr. Ryzhenko operated a telegram channel reporting on the occupation and provided intelligence information to the Ukrainian military. After escaping from the area, the journalist exposed the true horror of Russia’s torture strategy in occupied cities, calling the Kherson bombings “more tragic than Bucha”.

Speaking to BBC’s Ukrainecast, Mr Ryzhenko said: “People died in Bucha and Kherson, in both places they were killed by Russians, but there is a big difference in how it happened.

“Let’s say they tried to use quick interrogation methods in Bucha – they would pick up a man, beat him, then shoot him.

“Suffering is determined by the pain and the length of time a person feels that pain.

“Here in Kherson, people could be tortured for months and die under torture, they were not just taken and shot, but tortured to death.”

Kherson has been occupied by the Russian military since the early days of President Putin’s invasion.

The reporter continued, “I say it’s more tragic than Bucha because people would take longer to die here.

“It was like a conveyor – they were constantly burning corpses outside of town.

“We believe these are the bodies of the people they tortured to death, they are trying so hard to cover up their crimes.

Concluding his gruesome overview of the war, Mr Ryzhenko added: “It’s much scarier than Bucha.”

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In early April, evidence of an apparent massacre of civilians emerged from Bucha, a town just outside kyiv, the Ukrainian capital.

At the time, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said: “I am horrified by the images of civilians lying in the streets and in improvised graves in the town of Bucha.

She then promised that an independent investigation would be carried out to expose the events leading up to the catastrophic scene captured in photographs from Ukraine.

In the following month, a United Nations-led human rights monitoring mission found evidence of at least 300 unlawful killings of civilians in Bucha and surrounding towns.

Matilda Bogner, head of the UN mission, explained that such activity would violate international humanitarian law and could constitute a “war crime” by Russian forces.

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