‘Wives of Russian Soldiers Encouraged to Abuse Ukraine Women’ – Russia Ukraine War Crimes Olena Zelenska | Manorama Online

London – The first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, has said that the Russian soldiers who are invading Ukraine are using rape and sexual violence as a ‘weapon’. She was speaking at an international conference in London on how to deal with wartime sexual abuse. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s wife, Olena, added that wives of Russian soldiers also encourage rape by their husbands.

Olena told the conference that Russian forces have been practicing sexual harassment ‘publicly and systematically’ during the war, which began in February. “Sexual rape is the most brutal and cruel way to establish power over another person. Victims may not speak out because of fear.

The Russian military is using it as a weapon. They talk about it openly. It was clear to us from the intercepted phone conversations that they were telling their relatives over the phone. Soldiers’ wives also encourage this. ‘Go torture Ukrainian women, don’t tell me about it’. There should be a global response to the events. It is imperative that sexual assault is also considered a war crime. The culprits should be punished” – said Olena.

English Summary: Ukraine’s First Lady Says Wives Of Russian Troops “Encourage” Them To Rape


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