RUSSIAN WAR CRIMES ACCUSATIONS
Reports of Russian troops committing human rights atrocities are filtering throughout the media with some describing acts of r**ing and pillaging throughout Ukrainian territory.
Unian News Agency reported this week that a 33-year-old Ukrainian woman, who was reportedly r**** by Russian soldiers for “several hours”, said, “The occupiers were so drunk they could barely stand on their feet.”
They also reportedly murdered her husband in the yard of their house. The woman recalls that Russian soldiers smashed her car making it impossible for her to get away. All this time the woman’s 4-year-old son was at home, forced to hide in the family home’s boiler room.
The Russian government claims that its forces are “peacekeepers and liberators” of the oppressed Ukrainian people. But more evidence is revealing this is not the case.
“MASS R***” DOCTRINE
An intercepted phone call published by the SBU (Ukrainian Security Services), reveals Russian soldiers bragged about how “three tankers r**** a 16-year-old girl.” Another Russian described how they wanted meat instead of their rations so they killed and “ate a dog.”
Sergej Sumlenny, a Berlin-based Eastern European expert with 10 years of experience in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, said “Unfortunately, it was clear all the time, this will happen. Mass r*** belongs to Russian military doctrine as a part of the suppression of any resistance and providing own soldiers with bonuses.”
But unfortunately, this is no new development. In 2014, Russia reportedly created a “sophisticated network of prisons and camps, where women and girls were held in captivity and r**** by Russian soldiers and mercenaries on a routine basis – sometimes for years.”
Ukrainian human rights activists have passed this information to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. “The documentary evidence of more than 100 pages is the result of several years of work by activists of the ‘Justice for Peace in Donbas,’” reported DW.
“TIP OF THE ICEBERG”
Activists conducted 300 interviews with people illegally detained in the Donbas conflict zone. “Every third or fourth person who has been in an illegal place of imprisonment has either been a victim of sexual violence or witnessed such violence,” said Volodymyr Shcherbachenko, head of the Eastern Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives.
Torture, such as electric shocks to the genitals and r*** was systemic in seven illegal prisons in the Donbas territories, temporarily out of Ukrainian control, according to the report.
In Luhansk, Ukraine, human rights activists found illegal prisons were located in former dormitories of Volodymyr Dahl’s East Ukrainian National University, the former Zhovtnevy District Council, civilian garages, a former kindergarten and a coffee shop.
According to the Eastern Ukrainian Center for Public Initiatives, most people detained in illegal prisons were not involved in the armed conflict. In total, the human rights report submitted to the Prosecutor’s Office contains the testimony of 116 victims of torture, including 58 testimonies of sexual violence.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Shcherbachenko.