Rape by occupiers: more than 93,000 reports received by police


Since the beginning of the war, the national police have received more than 93 thousand reports from victims of sexual violence by the Russian occupiers. This was announced by Olga Stefanishina, public adviser to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on issues of European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, Sergei Nezhinsky, on Ukrainian Radio.

According to him, only a portion of the cases were referred to the court.

“Already 203 or 205 cases have been officially verified by the Office of the Prosecutor General and transferred to court. There are 93 thousand calls that are verified by the National Police and transferred to the appropriate rescue centers,” he said.

Nezhinsky added that it is planned to work on changes to the Criminal Code. We are talking about creating a separate article on punishments for sexual violence in war.

He also noted that there are currently a number of hubs operating in Ukraine where victims can apply on confidentiality terms.

“These are 11 centers that were created within a year. Mainly in the east of Ukraine. The first was Zaporozhye, then Sumy, Kropyvnytskyi, Kyiv, there were many of these initiatives. And this is a hub where a person, even without contacting law enforcement agencies, can seek help – humanitarian, medical, legal, psychological,” the adviser said.