About 300 Ukrainian civilians, mostly journalists and public activists, are being kept in improvised prisons in Kherson, and 300 more in other occupied settlements in the Kherson region, according to the Ukrainian president’s envoy for Crimea, Tamila Tasheva.
Tasheva said there are about 600 people in the region who are “actually hostages and are being held in specially equipped basements, actually jails,” Interfax news agency reported.
According to BBC reports, she told a news briefing that they are kept in inhumane conditions and tortured. Witnesses report cries that could be heard from the places where citizens are subjected to illegal actions.
She added that some civilians are being moved from the Kherson region to Crimea and being kept as “civilian hostages and prisoners of war”.
Some people who left Mariupol were detained during filtration on the administrative border with Crimea and were taken to the Simferopol remand centre.