The atrocities of russian soldiers in the Kherson region

By Ludmila Denisova, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights

russia uses rape and sexual violence in other forms as tactics of warfare, systematically, everywhere and with striking brutality.

During the last 24 hours, the Commissioner’s psychological helpline was contacted by persons from Oleksandrivka, Kherson region, who gave permission to publish information on the facts of sexual violence.

Two girls aged 12 and 15 were raped by rashists.

A 6-month-old girl was raped by a russian with a teaspoon.

Two two-year-old twin boys and their mother were at home. Five rashists broke in, one held the mother, the other two raped the children orally and anal. The children died from ruptures and blood loss.

A three-year-old boy was raped in front of his mother by two rsshists, and the child died of his injuries.

Sexual violence is strictly prohibited by Article 27 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 1949.

Rape as a war crime is the most serious crime and one of the components of genocide.

We ask the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten, to initiate an investigation into these facts and bring the perpetrators to justice, as well as take measures to prevent sexual violence by russian troops.

We call on the world community to ensure the imposition of personal sanctions against political leaders, russian military commanders and perpetrators of these terrible crimes!

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