Zelenskyy accuses Russia of "Nazi" practices

Dhe President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy compared the actions of the Russian occupiers in his country with the Nazi atrocities of World War II. There is cruel torture, deportations, burned cities, bottomless hatred and nothing alive anymore under Russian occupation, said Zelenskyj in a video message distributed in Kyiv on Saturday. Unlike the Nazis, the Russians wouldn't make soap from the killed Ukrainians - and they wouldn't make lampshades from their skin. "But the principle is the same," said the head of state after more than six months of war.

Zelenskyy called the occupiers who fled the Kharkov region a week ago "racists" and said that the "Nazis" behaved in the same way. “Racism” unites the words Russia and fascism and is used by many Ukrainians as a term for "Russian fascism". Like the "Nazis," the "racists" would be held accountable for their actions on the battlefield and in court, Zelenskyy said.

"We will determine the identities of everyone who tortured and abused, who brought these atrocities from Russia here to Ukrainian territory," said the 44-year-old. When they fled, the occupiers left torture devices behind. Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities have released photos purporting to show torture chambers and equipment. More than ten torture chambers have now been discovered in different cities of the Kharkiv Liberated Oblast, he said. "Torture was a widespread practice in the occupied territory."

Investigation of possible war crimes required

According to Zelenskyj, people were tortured with wires and electric shocks. For example, a torture room with electric torture tools was discovered at a train station in Kosatscha Lopan. The corpses found in a forest near the city of Isjum are also new evidence of torture been secured. The exhumation of the dead at the "mass grave site" continued on Saturday, Zelenskyy said.

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