War in Ukraine. Russia intensifies its offensive in the region of Bahmut / US to announce a new military aid package to Kiev

International investigators say Kremlin pre-planned and funded Kherson torture centers

Standing outside a Russian detention center in Kherson days after the southern Ukrainian city was liberated, Ihor, 29, still shuddered as he recalled what was inside.

“I was kept here for 11 days, and during this time I heard screams from the basement,” said Ihor, who asked CNN not to give his last name for his protection.

“I was stabbed in the legs with a stun gun, which I used as a welcome. One of them asked why they had brought me, and two began to hit me in the ribs.”

“People were tortured, they were beaten with sticks on their hands and feet, cattle prodded, even attached to batteries and tortured with electricity or water,” he added.

Kherson was the first major city and the only regional capital that Russian troops were able to capture from the start of the invasion. Moscow’s forces captured the city on March 2, 2022 and held it for months, only to be forced to retreat in early November after a months-long offensive by Ukrainian forces.

Russian forces continue to attack Bahmuth, while Ukraine tries to repel the attacks

The Russian military continues to intensify its offensive in the Baghmud region, while Ukrainian forces are trying to repulse ongoing offensives near this key eastern city and neighboring areas of Donetsk region, the Ukrainian military’s general staff said late Thursday – evening update.

“They are attacking the city of Bahmut,” the general staff said, echoing an earlier update that suggested a Russian presence inside the city and not just on the outskirts. CNN The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said on Thursday that Russian forces “advanced into Bahmut and continued ground attacks around the city”.

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In the past 24 hours, Russian forces launched rocket attacks on the towns of Chasiv Yar and Zaporozhye in the Donetsk region, five kilometers west of Baghmut, public officials said.

The White House has announced that the United States will announce additional military aid to Ukraine on Friday

The White House will announce a new round of military aid to Ukraine on Friday, when German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will meet with President Joe Biden, said John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator for the National Security Council.

“The U.S. will receive a new round of aid to Ukraine tomorrow, and it will mainly be munitions and ammunition for systems that the Ukrainians already have, such as HIMARs and artillery,” Kirby White told reporters. House.

Kirby declined to put a dollar value on Friday’s announcement. He said Biden and Scholes would discuss “further support for Ukraine going forward.”

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