People were abducted in broad daylight in Vovchansk, and then kept without food or water for weeks.

Doctors and teachers were among those who underwent torture, TSN reports.

"On July 20, only my school had a flag of Ukraine in the area," says Lidia Mykolaivna, who, before the occupation, worked for 42 years as a Ukrainian teacher and headmistress at the Ivanivka School.

The woman refused to teach according to Russian textbooks, as well as to issue certificates with the Russian coat of arms to the students, so the occupiers were indignant.

"They told us that Ukraine will never return here again. We have to teach children, raise them and everything. And they emphasized that I was fired," the woman recalls.  

And then Mrs. Lidia decided to flee to Kharkiv, but at the checkpoint it turned out that her name was on the lists for detention.

"One comes up to me and says: "What the hell are you carrying information to Kharkiv?" , or something: "Now my brains will fly out," and I say: "Let them fly out, I'm not afraid of anything, I'm 60 years old, I'm loyal to Ukraine," says the director.

The women put a bag on their heads, wrapped it with tape and took them through the shelled streets to the already overcrowded basement of the local factory.

"No drink, no food, nothing. No, one came with a sneer: 'Will you have an apple?'

It was possible to get into a torture chamber in an occupied city for the least.

Nurse Irina and her husband were detained because they did not want to hang the Russian flag in the emergency department.

"They kept us in a cell for two days. In one cell - 20 people, women and men. They didn't even let us go to the toilet. We slept on pallets," says junior nurse Iryna Zalizovska.

The head doctor was arrested for refusing to pay a salary in rubles.

She was barely recognized after the torture, her subordinates say.

"She's lost weight, she's halved in size. It's hard, she said. At eight in the morning they open the toilet and at eight in the evening that's it. And there's a bucket. And there were 14 men there and she was one woman," the doctor says.

The Russians released the prisoners only when the Armed Forces approached the city.

"They opened the door and told you to run away quickly, otherwise they will shoot you," Iryna adds.

The first thing the doctors did after being released was to hang the Ukrainian flag on the hospital.

On the streets of Vovchansk there are still traces of the presence of Russians - shelled houses, remnants of rockets on the road, propaganda posters... But people clean up after the occupiers and dream of returning to normal life.

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