Accounts of Death and Torture in Recaptured Ukrainian Town

Residents of Balaklia, in Ukraine’s Kharkiv Oblast, told of torture, imprisonment and killings in the town while it was under Russian control, in video posted by Ukrainian government adviser Anton Gerashchenko.

In one clip, Gerashchenko interviews a man called Artem, who describes being tortured by Russians. Artem says he was tortured using electric cables. He describes how others, including women, were similarly treated, or beaten.

In another clip, Gerashchenko describes the exhumation by investigators of the bodies of two men who locals said were shot by Russians.

The mother of one of the dead men, named as Mrs Valentyna, says her son and his friend came under fire while in a car in the town.

The town of Balaklia was recaptured after a counteroffensive was launched against Russian forces in Ukraine’s east. Credit: Anton Gerashchenko via Storyful