The Mariupol city council denounced today that more than 10,000 residents of that port city under the control of Russian troops are being held in prisons in the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk.

“Peaceful civilians have been detained by the occupiers and sent to places of detention. Four of these prisons are known: two in Olenivka, the Donetsk detention center and Makiivka,” local authorities said in a Telegram message collected by the Ukrinform and Unian agencies.

They specified that “people are held in terrible and inhuman conditions, like in a concentration camp, locked up in narrow cells of 2 by 3 meters with 10 people.”

According to the Mariupol City Council, the detainees barely receive water and food, do not go outside, do not have access to normal medical care and “are subjected to various forms of torture, from psychological to physical.”

The mayor of Mariupol, Vadim Boychenko, called on the International Red Cross and the UN to “pay attention to the illegal detention of civilians in the city”, to “use all possible tools to obtain lists of prisoners” and to ensure that that the conditions of your stay are “dignified”.

He also asked “to work together for the liberation of all residents of Mariupol.”

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