Russian soldiers have committed nearly 90,000 war crimes in Ukraine, killing, raping and torturing thousands of innocent people.
Victims of the horror have labeled Putin’s thugs as “monsters” and “animals” after they invaded a year ago.
The Ukrainian government has documented the atrocities that have taken place since the invasion on February 24 last year.
The southern city of Kherson suffered 8,000 crimes when it was occupied for eight months before Ukrainian soldiers retook it in November.
Torture chambers have been found, including one called ‘The Hole’ where prisoners were electrocuted and beaten.
Salesman Andriy Andryushcenko (pictured), 28, was detained by Russian soldiers for 47 days and tortured after being caught daubing pro-Ukrainian graffiti on walls
Torture chambers have been found, including one called ‘The Hole’ where prisoners were electrocuted and beaten
Kiosk worker Svitlana Melnyk, 42, lives nearby in the battle-ravaged Antonym area of the city.
She told MailOnline: “I heard men and women screaming in balaclavas dragging bodies out.
This place was hell on earth.
“The Russians were the monsters that came here.
“We were all afraid of them.”
Salesman Andriy Andryushcenko, 28, was detained by Russian soldiers for 47 days after he was caught daubing pro-Ukrainian graffiti on walls.
Andrij, who now works for the military administration, said: ‘They beat me and put electric wires on my genitals and ears.
They joked that they were calling Zelensky or Biden when they did because it was rigged to an old phone.
‘It was hell. They knocked out my teeth and knocked me unconscious.
Anti-Russian graffiti in Kherson that led to Andriy Andryushcenko being held by Russian soldiers for 47 days
Nadia Knyaz (pictured), 30, told MailOnline: Ukraine will win this war, but at what cost? ‘Too many have died’
“They put stupid bells around my neck and a knife on my back and made me squat.
“I thought I was going to die.”
The Russians are dug in less than a mile away from the port city of Kherson on the left bank of the Dnieper River.
Snipers hide by the river and the Russians shell the city with tanks.
The frontline town is shelled every few hours and is like a ghost town where most of the population has fled.
Packs of stray dogs roam the city in search of food.
Landscaper Nadia Knyaz, 30, shudders as artillery shells land 150 yards away as she sips a cup of coffee in a cafe while talking to MailOnline.
Nadia said, “That was close. It can be very scary here.
‘The Russians arrested my husband when they were here because he used to be in the army.
Andriy Yermak, head of the president’s cabinet, said: ‘Unfortunately, the magnitude of the tragedy is much greater’
The frontline town is shelled every few hours and is like a ghost town where most of the population has fled. Pictured: Packs of stray dogs roam the city in search of food
“They blindfolded him, beat him and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t tell them where the army was.
“I was so scared, but they let him go after a while, but took our car.
“They wanted him to cooperate, but he said he didn’t know anything.”
She added: “Ukraine will win this war, but at what cost?
“Too many have died. The Russians are here for a year.
“Time has passed since they brought terror.”
Minutes later, a rocket attack on a bus stop killed five people and injured 12.
Later, gunfire and more artillery fire were also heard as people were ushered into an air raid shelter near the train station.
The scale of war crimes has been documented by the Ukrainian government investigating rapes, murders, torture and bombings of schools, daycare centers, homes and hospitals.
However, officials believe that far more than 90,000 war crimes have been committed by Putin’s men.
Sushi bar worker Karina Tereshkova (pictured), 23, was raped, tortured and shot by Putin’s thugs after they massacred people in her hometown of Bucha
Her mother Olena Derenko (pictured), 42, said: ‘They were beasts to her as she fought for her life’
Andriy Yermak, head of the president’s cabinet, said: ‘Unfortunately, the scale of the tragedy is much greater.
“Because in almost every liberated town or village we find evidence of torture and extrajudicial executions.”
It is feared that thousands of women were raped during the war.
Children have also been sexually abused and a teenager was given a swastika after an attack.
Sushi barster Karina Tereshkova, 23, was raped, tortured and shot by Putin’s thugs after they massacred people in her hometown of Bucha, north of the capital Kiev, in March.
All but one of Karina’s fingernails had been pulled out.
Her mother Olena Derenko, 42, said: ‘They were beasts to her as she fought for her life.
“I hate all Russians – I cursed them.
“They caused so much pain. My heart aches for Karina.
“I cry every day.”
More than 450 bodies were discovered in the city after they were murdered by the Russians and 25 women were raped in a basement.
Back in Kherson, people mourn the dead from continued attacks.
An attack on a shopping district on Christmas Eve left 11 people dead and dozens injured.
Red Cross volunteer Victoria Yaryshko, 39, was also killed in December while distributing bread.R
Family friend Valerie Luhova, 34, said: ‘Her two girls are devastated.
‘She was such an angel. She took care of animals and children with special needs.
“She wouldn’t hurt anyone.”
Red Cross volunteer Victoria Yaryshko (pictured), 39, was also killed while distributing bread in December
The scale of war crimes has been documented by the Ukrainian government investigating rape, murder, torture and bombings