Ukraine makes new war crime claims against Russia as Kuleba reports women being raped

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The Ukrainian Foreign Minister once again reiterated his appeal for additional support from the West as he warned attacks on civilian areas have increased in recent days. Mr Kuleba accused Russia of targeting residential areas in violation of the rules of war, as he claimed reports have been made about “women being raped” by Russian soldiers in occupied areas of the country. The Foreign Minister backed calls for the creation of a special criminal tribunal to investigate Vladimir Putin and his actions throughout the ongoing conflict.

Mr Kuleba said: “When bombs fall on your cities, when soldiers rape women in the occupied cities – and we have numerous cases unfortunately of Russian soldiers raping Ukrainian women in cities, it’s difficult to speak about the efficiency of international law.

“But this is the biggest tool of civilisation available to us to make sure that, in the end, all those who made this war possible will be brought to justice.

“The Russian Federation, as a country who committed an act of aggression, will also be held accountable for its deeds.

“We’re using all tools available, including the ICJ, and the European Court of Human Rights.”

The Ukrainian politician did not clarify whether the claims pre-dated the invasion.

Kherson resident Svetlana Zorina also claimed going outside had become “dangerous” not only because of the bombs but because of reported cases of rape.

She told talkRadio: “They started to rape our women so now it’s very dangerous to go outside, especially when it’s dark.

“I heard about a few cased from people I know, unfortunately.”

 

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