Ukrainian prosecutor: Russia uses rape as a war tactic

After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in an exclusive interview with Al-Arabiya, accused Russian forces of committing rape, Ukrainian Attorney General Irina Venediktova on Tuesday renewed the Russian accusation of using rape as a method of warfare.

The prosecutor, during a visit to the devastated city of Irbin near Kiev, said Ukraine was gathering information on allegations of rape, torture and other alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces.

Rape of women, men and children

He also added that the allegations include the rape of women, men, children and an elderly woman. In response to the question of whether rape was a deliberate Russian strategy during the war, you said in a press conference: “I’m sure, in fact, it’s a strategy”.

Then he continued: “This is, of course, to intimidate civil society . to do everything (to force Ukraine) to surrender.”

No specific details

The prosecutor did not provide details on the rape allegations, but said some victims are still found in Ukraine and are afraid to speak out for fear of the return of Russian forces.

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He blamed Putin for what happened in Ukraine in its capacity as commander in head of the Russian armed forces. “Putin is the leading war criminal of the 21st century,” he said, citing Russian military interventions in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia in the Russian region of Chechnya. in Syria and in Ukraine in 2014.

Russian exile

But Russia previously denied targeting civilians and rejected allegations that its forces committed war crimes. in Ukraine.

For his part, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov rejected a comment by US President Joe Biden in March that Putin was a war criminal, considering him unforgivable.

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