Woman digs herself out of a grave after being ‘tortured and buried alive in a cemetery by her neighbours’ in Ukraine
- Nina Rudchenko, 57, was attacked at her home in Maryanske, central Ukraine
- The attackers, two brothers aged 27 and 30, broke into her house
- They allegedly beat her with a baseball bat before dragging her to a cemetery
- She was then forced to dig her own grave and they then buried her and left
- Ms Rudchenko dug her way out and had broken jaw and nose and concussion
A woman dug herself out of a grave after she was allegedly tortured and then buried alive by her drunk neighbours in Ukraine.
Nina Rudchenko, 57, was attacked in Maryanske, Ukraine, by two brothers aged 27 and 30.
She was dragged to a cemetery before being forced to dig her own grave, which the brothers then buried her in.
After they went away thinking she was dead, Ms Rudchenko dug herself out and was taken to hospital with concussion and a broken jaw and nose.
Her torturers face up to 10 years in prison for attempted murder, police said.
A woman dug herself out of a grave after she was allegedly tortured and then buried alive by her drunk neighbours in Ukraine
According to reports, the woman was home alone when the brothers broke into her house.
Without saying a word, they attacked the helpless woman, punching her in the face and beating her up with a baseball bat.
They then tortured her for around two hours until Ms Rudchenko blacked out, reports said.
At night, the thugs dragged her body to the local cemetery and started pouring water on her face.
When she regained consciousness, they forced her to dig a grave then ordered her to lie in it.
Nina Rudchenko, 57, was battered and buried alive in Maryanske, Ukraine, by two brothers aged 27 and 30
They dragged her to a cemetery before forcing Ms Rudchenko to dig her own grave, which they then buried her in.
Recalling the horrific events, Ms Rudchenko said to local media: ‘I lay in the grave face down and they began to bury me.
‘I covered my face with hands trying to reserve some air. They were laughing and talking about plans to kill all my family.
‘After they finished, they wondered if I had already died then went away.’
After her torturers fled the scene, Ms Rudchenko was able to dig her way out of the shallow grave.
After they went away thinking she was dead, Ms Rudchenko dug herself out before being taken to hospital with concussion and a broken jaw and nose
Ms Rudchenko showed her horrific facial injuries during a TV interview
She then crawled home before losing consciousness.
The following morning, Ms Rudchenko was found lying on the floor in her house by her sister Ludmila Gura.
Mrs Gura said: ‘Nina’s face was covered with bruises and blood. It was black and swollen. I barely could recognise her.’
The victim was rushed to hospital and medics were shocked to see her look, say local media.
Oleksandr Klymchuk, a surgeon from the Velykobagachansk District Hospital said: ‘The woman was diagnosed with brain concussion, [and a] broken jaw and nose.
After her escape from the grave, Ms Rudchenko was found by her sister Ludmila Gura, pictured
Oleksandr Klymchuk, a surgeon from the Velykobagachansk District Hospital said: ‘The woman was diagnosed with brain concussion, [and a] broken jaw and nose’
‘Her head and body were covered with numerous severe bruises.’
Police launched a criminal case for attempted murder against the brothers.
Spokesman Evgen Slipchenko said: ‘The suspects might be also accused of kidnapping. We are now looking into the circumstances.’
The attackers said ‘they were drunk’ while explaining themselves to detectives during an interrogation, according to reports.
The investigation continues.
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