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A “torture room” has been left behind in a Ukrainian town won back from retreating Russian soldiers, state officials claim.
Graphic images of dead bodies discarded among rubble have been shared by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office who claim the photos were taken in a chilling building in Bucha.
The Office alleges the corpses belonged to citizens who had been tortured and killed by Russian soldiers when Moscow had a fleeting grip on the city.
Ukrainian officials say 410 civilians have been killed in the towns surrounding Kyiv so far with 300 partially buried or not buried at all in Bucha alone.
Bodies of men, women and children were also seen strewn across roads in Bucha over the weekend after Vladimir Putin's invading military pulled back from the city.
The horrendous disregard for civilian life as evidenced by a tragic mass grave has been widely condemned with international governing bodies pledging to punish Russia for it.
The Prosecutor General’s Office said in a Facebook post. “Soldiers of the Russian Federation armed forces tortured unarmed civilians and then killed them.”
It also claims Ukrainians had their hands tied behind their backs and shot dead.
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Kitted out in body armour, President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Bucha on Monday which he said made agreeing to peace talks with Putin even harder to stomach.
He said: “These are war crimes and will be recognised by the world as genocide. It’s very difficult to talk when you see what they’ve done here.
“The longer the Russian Federation drags out the negotiating process, the worse it is for them and for this situation and for this war.
“We know of thousands of people killed and tortured, with severed limbs, raped women and murdered children.”
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Journalists from international news agency Reuters were taken to the basement of what was once a summer residence for children.
There they saw the dead bodies of five men who had their hands tied behind their backs as they were killed by Russian forces, Ukrainian officials say.
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Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry said: “They were shot, shot either in their head or in their chest. They were tortured before they were killed.
“Now we are investigating this and we show (it) to the international press.”
Herashchenko added that it was likely Russian soldiers had used the building as a base for three weeks before retreating.
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