NYT: Russian commanders encouraged rape in occupied territories

NYT: Russian commanders encouraged rape in occupied territories

Russian military commanders order or encourage rape in the occupied territories of Ukraine. This is reported by The New York Times.

Prosecutor for the conduct of cases of sexual violence of the Office of the Attorney General, Irina Didenko, said that Russian soldiers have a clear pattern of behavior.

“Ground troops are arriving, and on the second or third day the rapes begin,” she said.

The victims testify that Russian commanders are aware of what their soldiers are doing and have even encouraged the violence. According to Didenko, in some cases they gave orders to rape or gave condoning instructions, for example, they advised them to “relax”.

In one of the cases, which Didenko describes, the commander allowed the soldiers to enter a residential building. At the same time, a soldier was heard saying: “We will simply beat her (one of the women, & # 8212; ed.), and we will rape this one.” British lawyer Wayne Jordash, who advises the Ukrainian prosecutor's office, notes that there are signs of tacit consent on the part of commanders in 30 cases considered by him.

A more accurate scheme of organized sexual violence is being practiced by the Russian military in pre-trial detention centers, the newspaper writes. Olga, a 26-year-old native of the Kherson region, told how she spent 14 days in custody and all this time she was threatened with rape.

About the eighth or ninth day, she was tied to a table, while she was without clothes to the waist. For fifteen minutes, according to the woman, the investigator scolded and then let seven more men into the room. She was also tortured with electric current.

According to Didenko, a total of 154 cases of rape were officially established. However, the prosecutor believes that in fact there are much more such cases. She spoke about a village in the Kyiv region, where, according to psychologists, every ninth woman was subjected to violence by Russian soldiers. However, not all women are ready to talk about it openly.

Didenka noted that rape victims are generally reluctant to talk about what happened, and against the background of the war, the situation worsens, as they can be accused of collaborating with the Russian army.


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