According to the Ukraine Armed Forces , over 300 incidences of rape by Russian forces have been documented in Ukraine, including children between the ages of 12 and 16.
The Ukrainian military stated; “Russia Forces are raping our women, bombing our cities, plundering and murdering.
The Ukraine armed forces further stated that Russian soldiers are “rapists with no moral limitations.”
On Sunday, a photo showing the liveless bodies of three women and one man stacked under a blanket surfaced on social media.
According to The Guardian photographer, Mikhail Palinchak, the three women were all naked and had been partially burned, prompting suspicions that Russian forces are perpetrating sexual abuses against Ukrainian women, a war crime.
“We’ve received multiple calls to our emergency hotline from women and girls seeking help,” said Kateryna Cherepakha, president of La Strada Ukraine, a gender equality and human rights organization.
“Because of the fighting, we haven’t been able to contact them,” Cherepakha continued.
The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, according to UN Political Affairs Chief Rosemary DiCarlo, is investigating reports of sexual abuses by Russian forces.
She listed gang rape and rapes in front of children as examples. “Sexual violence by Ukrainian military and civil defense groups has also been reported.”
The list of documented abuses committed by Russian soldiers against Ukrainian people continues to expand as Russian forces withdraw from previously controlled areas.
Hundreds of bodies were discovered earlier this week in Bucha, near Kyiv, in a tragedy dubbed the Bucha Massacre.
World leaders, including Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, have fiercely condemned the incident in Bucha.
Ukraine has suffered horrific casualties in the last month, but few expected Russia’s assault against its neighbor to yield such few results on the ground in just four weeks.
There is still a long way to go before Ukraine achieves any form of win, but with each passing day, more Ukrainians continue to trust Zelenskiy and believe that a victory of some sort is achievable.
Source: The Jerusalem Post.