“The occupiers detained peaceful civilians and were sent to places of detention. Four of these prisons are known: two in Olinivka, the detention center in Donetsk and Makeivka, the local authorities said in a message on the social network Telegram and released by the agencies Ukrinform and Unian.
The same source said that the inmates “in horrific and inhuman conditions, as in a concentration camp, are being held in narrow cells measuring two by three meters and holding ten people.”
According to the Mariupol Chamber, detainees are given only water and food and have no exits or access to medical care.
He stressed that they are “subjected to various forms of torture, from psychological to physical.”
The mayor of Mariupol, Vadim Boychenko, urged the Red Cross and the United Nations to pay attention to the “unlawful detention of civilians in the city” and to use “all possible resources to obtain lists of names of prisoners.”
In the same letter, the mayor defended the need for these international organizations to work to ensure the “dignity” of the inmates’ conditions.
“We must work together for the release of all the residents of Mariupol,” he added.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, and the military offensive has already killed more than 4,000 civilians, according to the United Nations, which warns that the real number is likely to be much higher.
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