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‘Rape is a Russian weapon of war’ Ukraine tells UN as boy was ‘assaulted in front of his mother’

Russia is using rape as a weapon of war, a Ukrainian human rights organization has told the UN as more horrific stories of sexual violence emerge from the barbarian invasion.

Kateryna Cherepakha, president of La Strada Ukraine, said her organization’s emergency hotlines had received calls accusing Russian soldiers of nine rape cases involving 12 women and girls.

She told the UN: ‘This is just the tip of the iceberg. We know and see – and we want you to hear our voice – that violence and rape are now being used as weapons of war by Russian invaders in Ukraine.”

An 11-year-old boy is one of the alleged victims after he was allegedly raped by Russian troops in front of his mother, who was tied to a chair and forced to watch.

Ukraine’s Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova said the boy was attacked in Bucha, where dozens of dead civilians were found showing signs of torture weeks after he was recaptured.

Alexei Bychkov (pictured), 24, has reportedly been arrested after footage surfaced showing him abusing a baby

Alexei Bychkov (pictured), 24, has reportedly been arrested after footage surfaced showing him abusing a baby

Denisova also claimed that five soldiers in Putin’s army raped a 14-year-old girl who became pregnant.

She said an estimated 120,000 Ukrainian children were rounded up and kidnapped, some raped and others smuggled into Russia.

On April 8, a 16-year-old girl and a 78-year-old woman were among the rapes, official Oleksandr Vilkul claimed.

Meanwhile, one of Putin’s soldiers has been arrested after images surfaced showing him raping a baby in Ukraine.

Alexei Bychkov, 24, sent the despicable images to a Russian comrade before he was detained on Saturday, it was reported.

The soldier is said to have shared other videos of his child abuse with other friends and colleagues.

Tetiana Zadorozhniak (pictured with godchildren) was allegedly raped and slaughtered last month in the town of Makariv, 30 miles from Kiev.

Tetiana Zadorozhniak (pictured with godchildren) was allegedly raped and slaughtered last month in the town of Makariv, 30 miles from Kiev.

This is a still image taken from the house where Tetiana was allegedly raped and murdered

The house had been torn apart, with its contents smashed and tossed around

Bloodied sheets were filmed at Tetiana’s alleged murder scene, while footage also shows rooms in the house where contents had been vandalized and thrown around. The camerawoman could be heard sobbing as she described the scene

Elsewhere in Bucha, 25 girls and women aged 14 to 25 were ‘systematically’ raped while held captive in a basement, it is alleged.

Nine of the women are now pregnant.

Denisova said: “Russian soldiers told them that they would rape them to the point where they would not want to have sexual contact with a man, in order to prevent them from having Ukrainian children.”

Meanwhile, a 50-year-old woman living 75 miles from Kiev said a Chechen soldier broke into a house she shared with her husband on March 7.

She told the BBC: ‘He took me at gunpoint to a house nearby. He ordered me, “Take off your clothes or I’ll shoot you.” He kept threatening to kill me if I didn’t do what he said. Then he started raping me.

“While he was raping me, four more soldiers came in. I thought I was ready. But they took him. I never saw him again.’

When she returned home, she found that her husband had been shot in the abdomen and he died of his injuries two days later.

An armored vehicle of pro-Russian forces is seen on the street during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol

An armored vehicle of pro-Russian forces is seen on the street during the Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol

Horror stories of sexual abuse in Ukraine

Elena: Raped for 12 hours on April 3 in Kherson after a Russian sympathizer told troops her husband was a Ukrainian soldier on the front lines.

Mother and daughter, 17: The couple was attacked together on March 4 by three men

teenage sisters: Girls aged 15 and 16 were targeted, as they had to cut their hair to appear less attractive to the invaders

Natalia, 33: Repeatedly gang raped for hours as her 4-year-old son hid crying in a boiler room after her husband was shot dead

Alexei Bychkov, 24: Russian soldier reportedly arrested after sharing footage of him abusing a Ukrainian baby

boy, 11 years: Raped in front of his mother who was tied to a chair and forced to watch

25 women in Bucha from 14 to 25: Held captive in a cellar and systematically raped, with nine now pregnant

Woman, 50: Taken at gunpoint to a neighboring house, raped and shot dead back home to her husband

She buried her husband in the backyard, and the soldiers who interrupted the rape stayed in her house for days, drunk and pointing their guns at her as they asked for her husband’s belongings to be handed over.

The same attacker allegedly raped and murdered another woman in the same village, slitting her throat in an evacuated house.

In another horrifying case, Russian soldiers entered the home of a family of three, where they killed the man before repeatedly raping the woman.

They would even leave before returning three times to rape her again, threatening to harm her young boy if she resisted, the police chief said.

When they finally left for the last time, they burned down the house and shot their dogs.

Footage has also surfaced that claims to show the murder scene of a Ukrainian woman allegedly held captive and raped by soldiers commanded by Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov.

The clip, shared on Telegram and Twitter by Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Ministry of the Interior, showed the inside of a house where Tetiana Zadorozhniak was allegedly massacred last month in the town of Makariv, 48 kilometers from Kiev.

According to residents of the city, Tetiana was dragged from her home by Kadyrov’s men as she waited to evacuate the city with her boyfriend before being held captive at a nearby house and beaten.

After days of torture, one of the soldiers raped her for the last time before slitting her throat and unceremoniously dumping her lifeless body in a shallow grave, local residents said.

Witnesses claimed that the Chechen soldier who raped and killed Tetiana was later executed by other officers.

Russia has repeatedly denied attacking civilians since its invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

The United Nations said last week that human rights monitors were trying to verify allegations of sexual assault by Russian troops, including gang and rape in front of children.

Ukraine’s UN mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment on allegations against Ukrainian troops.

“Russia, as we have stated on more than one occasion, is not waging war against the civilian population,” UN Deputy Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy told the Security Council on Monday, accusing Ukraine and allies of “a clear intention to use Russian soldiers as sadists and rapists.” .’

UN Women Executive Director, Sima Bahous, said all allegations should be investigated independently to ensure justice and accountability.

“We hear more and more about rape and sexual violence,” she told the municipality. “The combination of mass displacement with the high pressure results of conscripts and mercenaries and the brutality displayed against Ukrainian civilians has raised all the red flags.”

All parties to the war in Ukraine have a conscription system, in which young men are legally required to perform military service. Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of using mercenaries.

Russia says it is conducting a “special military operation” in support of separatists’ declarations of independence in two provinces in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine’s UN Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya told the Security Council that Ukraine’s Attorney General “launched a special mechanism for documentation of cases of sexual assault by Russian soldiers against Ukrainian women.”

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