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  • A new image released by Ukrainian officials appears to show the skull of a Ukrainian soldier impaled on a stick.

  • The news comes recently after the prison was bombed in Olenivka in the Donetsk region, killing 53 POWs.

  • This report contains details that some readers may find disturbing.

A new image released by a Ukrainian official appears to show the skull of a Ukrainian POW placed on a stick outside a building in the captured eastern Ukrainian town of Popasna by Russian forces in May.

Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Ukraine’s Lugansk province, shared the disturbing photo on his Telegram channel. Insider was unable to independently verify the image.

Geotagging tools suggest it is genuine, The Guardian said, and the gruesome photo was taken in late July, not far from the center of Popasna.

Near the head are the remains of a decapitated body, in uniform without his hands. Two hands were placed on metal spikes on a fence on either side of the head, video shows, The Guardian reported.

“There is nothing human about Russians. We are at war with non-humans,” Haidai said under the image.

Popsana is in the Lugansk region of eastern Ukraine, where Russia fought hard to seize territory after its army was humiliated in the debacle of the first months of the invasion. The Ukrainian army withdrew from the city in early May. Chechnya’s President Ramzan Kadyrov claimed his troops had taken control of the city, according to The Guardian.

Allegations of new atrocities follow the bombing of Olenivka prison housing Ukrainian prisoners of war. Russia and Ukraine blame the other side.

Photos of the bombardment show burned corpses and skeletal remains.

According to a recently released prisoner from the Olenivka detention center near Donetsk, Ukrainian prisoners of war are being tortured and murdered.

“We heard their cries,” Anna Vorosheva told the Guardian. “They put on loud music to drown out the screams. The torture was happening all the time.”

The aftermath of a shelling at a remand center during the Ukraine-Russia conflict, in the settlement of Olenivka in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 29, 2022.

The aftermath of a shelling at a remand center during the Ukraine-Russia conflict, in the settlement of Olenivka in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, July 29, 2022.REUTERS/Alexander Ermoshenko

Shortly after the attack, a video circulated on social networks showing a Russian soldier castrating a Ukrainian prisoner.

A Ukrainian lawmaker told Insider: “I wish I could go back in time and not see this video. But we knew it was happening in the occupied territories. The Russian army rapes, maims and kills Ukrainians, civilians and prisoners of war.”

Reacting to the footage, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: “This horrific assault is yet another apparent example of the utter disregard for human life and dignity in Ukraine committed by Russian forces.

Meanwhile, the head of Amnesty International’s Ukraine branch has resigned after the human rights organization accused Kyiv of endangering civilians and violating international laws with its warfare tactics, according to information.

The group said Ukrainian forces had established military outposts in schools, hospitals and civilian areas, in violation of international human rights laws.

Oksana Pokalchuk, head of Amnesty International Ukraine, said in a Facebook post late Friday that the report “has become a Russian propaganda tool,” according to Politico.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy criticized the report and said it sought to offer “amnesty (to) the terrorist state and shift the blame from the aggressor to the victim”.

Secretary General Agnès Callamard told the AFP news agency that Amnesty “fully supports our research”.

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