Ukraine’s prosecutor basic accused Russia on Tuesday of utilizing rape as a tactic of warfare and described Russian President Vladimir Putin as “the primary warfare legal of the twenty first century”.
Russia has beforehand denied focusing on civilians and has rejected allegations that its forces have dedicated warfare crimes in Ukraine.
The Kremlin didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters request for touch upon the accusations and has dismissed earlier recommendations that Putin is a warfare legal.
Visiting the devastated metropolis of Irpin close to Kyiv, Prosecutor Common Iryna Venediktova mentioned Ukraine was amassing data on allegations of rape, torture and different suspected warfare crimes by Russian forces.
Venediktova mentioned the allegations included the rape of girls, males, youngsters and an previous lady. Requested whether or not rape was a deliberate Russian technique within the warfare, she informed a information convention: “I’m positive truly that it was technique.”
“That is, after all, to scare civil society… to do all the pieces to (drive Ukraine to) capitulate,” she mentioned.
She supplied no particular particulars of the rape allegations, saying a number of the victims remained in Ukraine and have been afraid of talking out for concern of Russian forces returning.
Venediktova mentioned Putin bore accountability for what occurred in Ukraine as commander-in-chief of the Russian armed forces.
“Putin is the primary warfare legal of the twenty first century,” she mentioned, recalling Russian navy interventions within the former Soviet republic of Georgia, Russia’s Chechnya area, Syria and in Ukraine in 2014
“If we discuss (the) crime of aggression, everyone knows who began this warfare, and this particular person is Vladimir Putin,” she mentioned.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in March dismissed as unforgivable a remark by U.S. President Joe Biden during which he mentioned Putin was a warfare legal.
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