Photo by Media Center Ukraine – Odesa: Vira Yastrebova, attorney, director of the NGO “Shidna Pravosazahisna Grupa” (Eastern Human Rights Group)
August 15, 2023, 14:06

Since the beginning of August, 83 Ukrainians have been detained by the occupiers in the occupied territories – human rights activists

They are suspected of collaborating with Ukrainian special services. This was stated by Vira Yastrebova, attorney, director of the NGO “Shidna Pravosazahisna Grupa” (Eastern Human Rights Group), at a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Odesa.

She noted that in the occupied territories, the invaders have created a network of informants who inform on Ukrainians who are disloyal to the occupation authorities.

“In the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, 83 people were detained who are suspected by the occupiers of supporting Ukraine and cooperating with Ukrainian special services,” – Yastrebova said.

In particular, in the temporarily occupied territories of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, the occupant’s political police, russian guard, detained 42 local residents suspected of working for the Ukrainian special services. 

Ms. Yastrebova noted that in Kherson region, the federal security service detained a 54-year-old Ukrainian citizen for participating in the public campaign “Crimean blockade” in 2016. Also in Donetsk region, the occupiers detained three citizens who served in the Armed Forces in 2012-2013. The men were detained because of denunciations from locals with whom the Federal Security Service conducted preventive work.

Vira Yastrebova also said that in the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk region, in the city of Lysychansk, a prison-torture chamber was set up in the basement of the local morgue.

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