Ukraine To Begin 1st Trial Of Russian Soldier Charged With Rape

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Ukraine To Begin 1st Trial Of Russian Soldier Charged With Rape

Ukraine says it is investigating thousands of imaginable warfare crimes committed during the Russian invasion.

Kyiv:

Ukraine is expected connected Thursday to clasp a preliminary proceeding successful its archetypal proceedings of a Russian worker charged with raping a Ukrainian pistillate during Russia's invasion, the archetypal of what could beryllium dozens of specified cases.

The suspect, Mikhail Romanov, 32, who is not successful Ukrainian custody and volition beryllium tried successful absentia, is accused of murdering a civilian successful the Kyiv superior portion connected March 9 and past repeatedly raping the man's wife, according to tribunal files.

Russia's Defence Ministry did not instantly respond to a written petition for comment, and Reuters was incapable to scope the soldier. Moscow has denied allegations of warfare crimes.

Romanov is accused of raping a 33-year-old pistillate aft helium and different Russian worker changeable her hubby Oleksiy astatine constituent blank successful the colony of Bohdanivka to the northeast of Kyiv.

The 2 soldiers past near and aboriginal returned doubly much to rape her, the tribunal files said. The individuality of the 2nd worker had not been established.

It was not instantly wide what benignant of ineligible practice Romanov would person astatine the trial, which volition beryllium held down closed doors.

A authoritative moving connected intersexual unit cases told Reuters that up to 50 specified crimes were being investigated, but that the fig of instances of intersexual unit by Russian soldiers since Feb. 24 was apt to beryllium substantially higher.

Officials, activists and doctors person said that galore survivors are acrophobic oregon unwilling to travel guardant to the constabulary and prosecutors with their cases, for fearfulness of reprisals from Russia and stigma from their Ukrainian neighbours.

A spokesperson for the Prosecutor General's bureau said that a authoritative mightiness remark astir the proceedings publically aft Thursday's hearing.

Ukraine says it is investigating thousands of imaginable warfare crimes committed during the Russian invasion, which began connected Feb. 24. Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova told Reuters that galore of the suspects are successful Russia but that immoderate person been taken captive by Ukraine arsenic prisoners of war.

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