Ukrainian investigators said on Tuesday they had arrested the head of Russian detention centers in the (southern) city of Kherson, which was liberated on November 11 after more than eight months of occupation by Moscow troops, for “treason”.
“From the first days of the occupation of Kherson, the employee of this detention center worked for the invaders … as a manager of detention centers and places of execution of sentences,” he said. Ukrainian State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) said in a statement.
According to the SBI, this employee “helped convicts who were jailed shortly before the release of Kherson to escape”.
“He did not have time to escape and was detained by employees of the SBU,” the SBI said in its statement, after the Ukrainian army arrived on November 11 following a two-month counteroffensive by Kyiv in the Kherson region. .
The suspect was thus arrested for “treason,” the press release noted, which carries a life sentence in Ukraine.
The Kherson regional prosecutor’s office is in charge of the investigation, according to the same source.
On Monday, the Ukrainian General Prosecutor’s Office announced that it had discovered four “torture sites” used by the Russians in Kherson before their forced retreat from the region ten days ago.
On November 14, the Ukrainian Security Services (SBU) said they had arrested a Russian soldier in Kherson “in general disguise”, while fears remain strong that Moscow collaborators are still in the city in hiding.