Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion, investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine have been conducting pre-trial investigations into more than a thousand cases of torture, beatings and other violent acts by the Russian military against civilians, the ZMINA Human Rights Centre said based on the Security Service of Ukraine reply to its information request.
In total, the special service is investigating more than 57,000 criminal proceedings on violations of the laws and customs of war.
"More than 1,000 criminal proceedings are being investigated into the ill-treatment of civilians by Russian military personnel (torture, beatings, and other violent acts)," the SBU said.
Almost half of them (453 proceedings) are related to torture and ill-treatment of civilians in Mykolayiv, Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
According to victims and witnesses, interrogations and torture were carried out by Russian FSB officers, as well as military personnel, Russian guards, militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people's republic and members of the Wagner Group.