A crime beyond comprehension. In a Facebook post published in early April 2021, Ludmyla Denisova, commissioner for human rights of the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, reveals that an 11-year-old boy was allegedly raped by several Russian soldiers in the Boutcha region, in Ukraine. Tied to a chair, her horrified mother was reportedly forced to watch.

“The level of brutality of the army of terrorists and executioners of the Russian Federation knows no bounds, children were raped,” writes Ludmyla Denisova. In her post, the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada highlights and denounces several criminal acts carried out by Vladimir Putin’s army on Ukrainian lands. She mentions in particular the rape of a 14-year-old girl, who later became pregnant, and that of a 20-year-old young woman, who was “raped in every way possible at the same time” by three Russians, in Irpin. “There is no place on earth or in hell where Russian criminals can hide from reprisals”, Denisova is scandalized.

120,000 Ukrainian children kidnapped by the Russians

According to her, more than 120,000 Ukrainian children have been torn from their families by the Russians since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24. Thousands have already been smuggled to Russia, while others have suffered extremely violent attacks. The Verkhovna Rada calls on the UN’s Independent International Commission of Inquiry to “take into account these facts of war crimes”.

According to a UNICEF report, since the start of the war in Ukraine, 4.8 of the 7.5 million Ukrainian children have left their homes to flee the fighting. 142 were killed in the bombings.

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Lara T.
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