Girl ‘told by Russians she was “too ugly” to rape before watching mum & sis die’
EVIL Russian troops branded a Ukrainian teenager “too ugly” to rape before they forced her to watch her mum and sister being murdered, a senior Ukrainian official has claimed.
The traumatised 17-year-old stayed in her house with the corpses for four days before Ukraine’s armed forces were able to liberate her home city of Irpin.
Details of the sickening alleged war crimes were shared by Lyudmila Denisova, Ukraine’s Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights.
Posting on Facebook, she wrote that the girl, 17, and her grandmother had phoned the Commissioner for Provision of Confidential Psychological Assistance, who gave permission for her story to be published.
The girl said that three Russian soldiers had come to her home in Irpin, a town some 12 miles northwest of the capital Kyiv.
She said the troops “raped a mother and 15-year-old younger sister in front of her eyes. They were beaten and raped with special cruelty. Both are dead”.
Ms Denisova went on: “The girl in a state of psychological shock lived with the corpses in the house for four days.
“After the liberation of the city, she was able to get to her grandmother.”
She added: “While her relatives were being killed, she was being held and not touched, ‘because I am ugly’. They said, ‘live, and pass on [what happened] to others.'”
The girl is now receiving psychological help.
Ms Denisova said that they have received more than 400 calls on the Commissioner’s special hotline, which is supported by UNICEF, since April 1.
“Most of the appeals are related to sexual crimes committed by the Russian military,” she said. “Their number is growing every day.”
The Commissioner’s office has a dedicated team of five psychologists, who are supported by psychiatrists.
If true, it is the latest evidence of horrific sex crimes reportedly carried out by Putin’s forces since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Ms Denisova also claimed earlier this month that a 14-year-old girl was gang-raped and impregnated by five Russian troops in Bucha, while a boy, 11, was raped in front of his mother while she was tied to a chair and forced to watch.
Reports first emerged last month that Russian soldiers were using rape as an “instrument of war” in Ukraine.
The earliest reports came on March 4, the ninth day of the war, from Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba.
He told a Chatham House briefing: “We have numerous cases of, unfortunately, when Russian soldiers rape women in the Ukrainian cities.”
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Ukraine’s prosecutor-general Iryna Venediktova opened an investigation into alleged Russian sex crimes after a pare of drunk soldiers reportedly killed a husband and repeatedly raped his wife in the eastern Kyiv suburb of Brovary.
Anastasia Taran, 30, also accused Russia’s invaders of raping women in Irpin.
The former waitress said: “Irpin is hell… They [Russian soldiers] rape women and the dead are just being dumped.”
In a sickening intercepted phone call, a soldier can be heard discussing how a Russian tank crew gang-raped a 16-year-old girl.
The Russian soldier, speaking to a woman back home, tells her that “three tank crew” had “raped a girl,” to which the woman replies “who?” before he repeats the claim.
Shocked, the woman simply replies “f***” when she hears confirmation of what happened.
Some Ukrainian women and girls reportedly cut their hair short to avoid rapist Russian troops.
Maryna Beschastna, deputy mayor of Ivankiv, 42 miles northwest of Kyiv, broke down in tears as she spoke.
“There was a case in one village, two sisters were raped… girls of 15 and 16… children.
“Women were pulled by their hair out of their basements so that they could abuse them.
“Girls started cutting their hair short to be less attractive, so no one looks at them anymore.”
They were beaten and raped with special cruelty
Lyudmila DenisovaUkraine’s Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights
Some of the most horrifying Russian crimes are said to have taken place in the leafy town of Bucha west of Kyiv.
In one of the grimmest episodes of the war, a 16-year-old girl in Bucha was raped and shot in the head by Putin’s soldiers before her body was dumped in a garden.
Karina Yershova disappeared on March 10, with her mother sharing a desperate appeal for information on social media.
A friend of Karina’s mother, Olesya Vasylets, took to Facebook to share the girl’s barbaric fate.
“Friends, terrible news,” she wrote. “Racists killed my friend’s daughter Karina Yershova. The pain is terrible.
“She was mocked, raped, and then shot in the trash. Today my mother found out that she was killed and created a help group.
“Please help me bury her, I knew this kid for years, taught her English, she was a very bright and talented girl.”
Another nine women and girls in Bucha are pregnant after being held by Russian forces in a basement and raped, according to Ms Denisova.
They are part of a group of around 25, aged 14 to 24, who were held captive and repeatedly sexually assaulted.
Ms Denisova said that Russian soldiers had branded Ukrainian women “Nazi prostitutes” as they attacked them.
Earlier this month, it was revealed the suspected “Butcher of Bucha” Lt Col Azatbek Omurbekov recently received a blessing from the Russian Orthodox Church.
In Kherson, eastern Ukraine, Putin’s troops raped a girl of 16 and a 78-year-old woman, according to a senior Ukrainian official.
Oleksandr Vilkul, head of the military administration of Kryvyi Rih, said the two were attacked near the Ingulets river.
“There is news that makes my blood run cold in my veins,” he said in a video posted on Facebook.
He said his troops had been “confronted with more and more horror stories” while carrying out their work in newly-liberated territories in Ukraine.
“For example, the rape of a 16-year-old pregnant girl and a 78-year-old grandmother in one of the villages towards Ingulets.”
Russian forces are alleged to have told one victim that they wanted the girls and women to be so scarred that they wouldn’t be able to have sex again, and so fewer Ukrainian children would be born.
It is unclear how aware ordinary Russians are of the despicable crimes alleged to have been carried out in their names, but there have been no mass protests in the country since the early weeks of the war.
In another chilling intercepted phone call, a Russian wife is heard “permitting” her husband to rape Ukrainian women.
The couple, who were named earlier this month as Roman Bykovsky and Olga Bykovskaya, are heard calmly discussing sex crimes against women.
In the short clip posted on Telegram by Ukrainian security services, a woman’s voice is heard saying: “So yeah, do it over there. Ukrainian women there. Rape them.”
She laughs before adding: “Don’t tell me anything, understand.”
A man on the other end of the call replies: “So I should rape and not tell you anything?”
The woman responds: “Yes so that I wouldn’t know anything,” before both start laughing.
She then adds: “Just use protection,” before the man replies again: “OK.”
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