Mass grave found in Ukraine as women and girls ‘systemically raped’ by Russians

A mass grave has been discovered in the Ukrainian city of Buchamid reports that nine women and girls are pregnant after being “systematically raped” by Russian troops.

A total of 25 known female victims, some as young as 14, were subjected to horrific sexual abuse at the hands of Putin’s soldiers after the area was seized.

The United Nations has warned of widespread sexual violence as the Russian invasion rages on, with Ukraine’s human rights commissioner Lyudmyla Denisova saying victims were falling pregnant after being raped in the street.

Speaking to the BBC, she said: “Nine of them are pregnant. Russian soldiers told them they would rape them to the point where they wouldn’t want sexual contact with any man, to prevent them from having children.

“A 25-year-old woman called us to say her 16-year-old sister was raped in the street in front of her.”

In another horrifying report of sexual violence, a woman in Kyiv described being raped while her husband shot, the Mirror reports.

Anna, 50, not her real name, was at home on March 7 when she says soldiers barged into her home before dragging her to a house nearby.

She was made to take her clothes off, as a Russian soldier threatened to shoot her dead if she disobeyed.

Priests pray over body bags in a mass grave in Bucha.

She then said the “young, thin” soldier attacked her. She said: “While he was raping me, four more soldiers entered.

“I thought that I was done for. But they took him away. I never saw him again.”

After returning to her home a short walk away, she found her husband had been shot in the abdomen and left to die on the floor.

Anna told the BBC: “He had tried to run after me to save me, but he was hit by a round of bullets.”

Russian armored vehicle in the southern port city of Mariupo.
Russian armored vehicle in the southern port city of Mariupo.

The couple sought shelter in a neighbour’s house, but Anna couldn’t take her husband to hospital because of the fighting.

He then died of his injuries two days later, she said.

Anna said she has since been in contact with the local hospital and is receiving psychological support.

Her horrific account comes amid other similar reports of women and even children being attacked.

Russian troops have also been accused of raping a pregnant 16-year-old girl and a 78-year-old grandmother in a Ukrainian village, a senior military official has said.

Oleksandr Vilkul, the head of the military administration of Kryvyi Rih, said they are dealing with “more and more” horror stories.

He spoke of the accusation of rape of a teenager and a great in the Kherson region by Russian soldiers.

Vilkul also claimed Russian troops shelled a boat evacuating 14 civilians from the Kherson region, killing four people, including two men, one woman and a 13-year-old, on Thursday.

Seven were reportedly hospitalized with two still missing as claims that Vladimir Putin’s army are committing war crimes continue.

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