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British lawyer Wayne Jordash, who is providing legal expertise to Ukraine, said that in areas around Kyiv and in the north sexual violence cases involved a level of organisation by Russian military personnel that "speaks to planning on a more systematic level."

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In northern Ukraine's Chernihiv region, a soldier in Russia's 80th tank regiment in March repeatedly sexually abused a girl and threatened to kill family members, according to a Chernihiv district court ruling.

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A woman, whom Reuters referred to as Viktoriia, from the village of Berestianka, vicinity of Kyiv, provided a terrifying account of how in March a Russian soldier ordered her to hang a white rag outside her house.

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Ukrainian authorities and other specialists say the numbers of victims is likely to be far greater because parts of the country remain occupied and victims often are reluctant to come forward, including due to fears of reprisals and distrust of authorities.

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The acts in question, according to testimonies by the approached individuals, included cases of individual and group rape, also conducted at gunpoint, and family members being forced to watch.

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London, Nov 24 (IANS) Russian troops, including commanders, ordered Ukrainian women to hang white rags outside their homes so that fellow soldiers would know who to rape, investigators have claimed, according to a media report.

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Polish gynaecologist Rafal Kuzlik and his trauma psychologist wife Iwona Kuzlik told Reuters they treated seven women this spring who fled Ukraine, mainly from the north and north east, and who described being raped by Russian soldiers.

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The children born as a result of this wartime rape are often stigmatised themselves as they become a 'living reminder of the conflict', academics say.

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The defense ministry in Warsaw did not respond to questions about who would be in charge.

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Being part of a Western-backed team that provides legal expertise to Ukraine, Mr Jordash said it was too soon to conclude how rife the practice was owning to investigations in recently-recaptured areas of the northeast and south being at a hatchling stage.

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Some of the circumstances - including family members witnessing rape - feature in alleged attacks by Russians documented by a United Nations-mandated investigation body in a report published last month, which said victims ranged in age from four to over 80.

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It comes as the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) warned over the weekend that Russian forces in Ukraine are "covering up" their humiliating loss in the city of Kherson and other parts of Ukraine.

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Being at the heart of numerous efforts, including by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, to investigate potential war crimes related to the conflict, Ukraine's probe seeks to answer whether sexual violence was orchestrated as a war strategy.

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Evidence exists that Russian commanders in several instances were aware of sexual violence perpetrated by military personnel in Ukraine "and in some cases, encouraging it or even ordering it," as put by an international criminal lawyer assisting Kyiv's war crimes investigations.

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Reuters interviewed more than twenty people who worked with alleged victims - including law enforcement, doctors and lawyers - as well as an alleged rape victim and family members of another.

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As Russia's war in Ukraine enters its ninth month, patterns of alleged sexual violence that are emerging with previously unreported findings about the alleged role of Russian commanders and the systematic nature of assaults in some locations seeing the light of day.

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Commanders would `encourage and order` the troops to rape women in Russian-occupied towns in Ukraine throughout the war, British criminal lawyer Wayne Jordash, who is assisting Kiev`s war crimes investigations, said, Daily Mail reported.

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"There are indications that sexual violence is being used as a weapon of war," Pramila Patten, the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, told Reuters citing accounts of circumstances such as rape in front of family members, gang rape and forced nudtiy.

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Systematic mass rape campaigns in war use forced impregnation as a tool to ethnically cleanse a nation and psychologically traumatise generations of people.

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The `systematic` nature of the sexual violence committed by Russian troops provides yet more evidence that Vladimir Putin`s commanders and soldiers have used rape as a weapon of war in the nine months since the invasion began, Daily Mail reported.

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Viktoriia, a slim-built 42-year-old, said one of them, who she pegged for a commander given his age and the fact that it was how the others referred to him, told her the two other soldiers were drunk and wanted to have fun.

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In an announcement on November 9, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered Russian forces in Kherson to retreat across the Dnieper River, marking one of the most significant setbacks for Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.

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A woman from the Ukrainian village of Berestianka, near Kyiv, told Reuters that she was sexually assaulted by a Russian solider in March and also assaulted her neighbour, whose husband they killed when he tried to prevent the soldiers from taking his wife.

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The presidential decree states that "Russian traditional values" are the matter of the national security.

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Kyiv Independent reporter Illia Ponomarenko tweeted that Russia tried to destroy the Dobrotvirska power plant in Western Ukraine, but a Ukrainian air defense missile unfortunately failed to self-destruct before crashing in Polish territory.

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Mr Wallace also said an extra 10,000 artillery rounds are being sent to help Ukraine secure the territory it has recaptured from the invading forces in recent weeks.

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Mr Wallace is in Norway meeting allied defence ministers on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.

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In a video the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine posted, one woman in Kherson digs up a Ukrainian flag buried under paving slabs that appears to have been hidden when Putin's troops seized the city.

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The woman told Reuters those two soldiers took her to a neighbouring house, where one shot dead a man when he tried to prevent them from taking his wife.

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Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller added that materials collected by Poland indicated that the explosion was the result of Ukraine attempting to defend itself from a Russian missile attack.

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Germany has already sent Patriot missiles to Slovakia, which also borders Ukraine, and the United States military in April installed its own Patriot batteries at the Polish airport of Rzeszow, a key transit hub near the Ukrainian border for Western weapons flowing into Ukraine.

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The Royal Navy provided six weeks' training on Sea Kings in the UK for Ukraine's armed forces and engineers, the Ministry of Defence said.

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Whether any of the additional Patriot missiles provided to Poland by Germany are fired into Ukraine could depend in part on who controls them: Polish or German military personnel.

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Lyudmila, 75, detailed how the Russian soldier punched her so hard that he broke her nose and knocked out two of her teeth before he beat her with his rifle.

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Igor Sushko, Executive Director of the Wind of Change Research Group think tank, claimed 20 men called to fight in Ukraine escaped from a training camp.

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Blanca Arellano told her family at the end of July that she would be taking a trip to Lima, where she planned to finally meet Juan Pablo Jesús Villafuerte, the man she'd been in an online courtship with for several months, in person.

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appeared first on ix people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart store in southern Virginia late on Tuesday night, in the latest mass shooting to strike the US, this time shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Tuesday, while speaking on Fox News with Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Senator Lindsey Graham Walker made an unfortunate slip of the tongue in a tough-talking spiel.

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A NATO spokesperson, Oana Lungescu, said the alliance "welcomed" Germany's offer to help Poland with new missiles but stressed that their mission was to defend alliance territory.

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Joe Biden released a statement of condolence, while noting his administration's success earlier this year in getting Congress to approve modest reforms to gun laws and mental health funding following the killing of 21 schoolchildren and teachers at a Texas elementary school.

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Ukraine's Prosecutor General's office said Moscow's war on Ukraine "is aimed at exterminating the Ukrainian people" and that sexual violence is among Russian crimes "intended to spread a state of terror, cause suffering and fear among the civilian population of Ukraine."

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"While Russian media and religious leaders have defended the invasion of Ukraine as necessary to protect Orthodox adherents of the Moscow Patriarchate, the UOC's congregations have suffered the most from the widespread shelling and missiles, the report said."

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"I never thought I would be in this situation, but today I'm asking for your support to spread this post and find one of the most loved and important people of my life."

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"I remain in contact with law enforcement officials throughout this morning and have made available any resources as this investigation moves forward."

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"In the early months after Russia invaded, Mr. Zelensky called in vain for NATO to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukrainian territory."