Baby boy, 1, dies after being raped by Russian soldiers, Ukraine claims

Baby boy, 1, dies after being raped by Russian soldiers, Ukraine claims

Baby boy, 1, dies after being raped by Russian soldiers, Ukraine claims
Russian atrocities from across Ukraine have led to calls for further war crime trials (Picture: Reuters)

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A one-year-old boy has died after he was raped by two Russian soldiers, Ukraine claims.

Horrific reports from the Kharkiv region have emerged since invaders were pushed back during the week.

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Russian troops in the wider city, as well as surrounding towns and villages, were forced to ‘regroup’ after Ukraine regained control.

They left a trail of devastation in their wake, including allegations of rape and sexual assault.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence said in a tweet yesterday: ‘Today, in just one hour, 10 reports of rape by the [Russian] occupiers, including 8 children, were received from newly liberated villages in the Kharkiv region.

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‘Yesterday – 56 reports.

‘Among the children: two 10-year-old boys and a one-year-old boy who died of his injuries.’

Lyudmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian Parliament’s Commissioner for Human Rights, said a new report detailed the crimes in full.

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The document also accuses Russian soldiers of raping two men, aged 67 and 78.

A man looks out of his apartment heavily damaged by shelling in the Saltivka district, northern Kharkiv on May 15, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP) (Photo by DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Buildings in the Saltivka district of northern Kharkiv have been severely damaged (Picture: AFP)
epa09945615 A local man reacts near his destroyed tractor on a farm in the village of Mala Rohan, near Kharkiv, Ukraine, 13 May 2022. The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced on 10 May that Ukrainian troops had recaptured Kharkiv and villages north and northeast of the city from Russian forces and pushed them back to the border. The city of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest, has witnessed repeated airstrikes from Russian forces. On 24 February, Russian troops invaded Ukrainian territory starting a conflict that has provoked destruction and a humanitarian crisis. EPA/SERGEY KOZLOV
A man cries near a destroyed tractor on a farm in Mala Rohan, near Kharkiv (Picture: EPA)

Ms Denisova said: ‘I appeal to the UN Commission for Investigation Human Rights Violations during the Russian military invasion of Ukraine to take into account these facts of genocide of the Ukrainian people.’

Her office received 10 reports of sexual violence in just one hour on Thursday, she added.

The claims have not been verified but, it is thought the incidents could have taken place in Kharkiv.

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The claims of rape and sexual violence have been backed up by Iryna Matviyishyn, a Ukrainian journalist.

She has written of other alleged atrocities, such as the rape of three nine-year-old triplets in front of their mother, in her reporting on the conflict.

KHARKIV, UKRAINE - MAY 15: Kharkiv residents spend the day underground in a metro station on May 15, 2022 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Although Russian shelling has largely ceased in the city, residential areas are devastated, including massive Soviet-era apartment buildings, which often house seniors on fixed incomes and families with limited resources. Metro stations have essentially become homeless shelters for people without options. Ukrainian and Western officials say Russia is withdrawing forces around Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, suggesting it may redirect troops to Ukraine's southeast. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Kharkiv locals sheltered underground in a Metro station during the occupation (Picture: Getty Images)

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On Friday, she tweeted: ‘This is a very small part of territory that was liberated from Russians, compared to those towns, villages and cities that are still under the occupation.

‘We can only imagine the number of such atrocities in Kherson, Melitopol, Mariupol, Berdyansk, and others.’

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Elsewhere, a Russian soldier has been arrested for allegedly raping a baby, while a 14-year-old girl who was raped by five men in Bucha is now pregnant.

Since Vladimir Putin invaded on February 24, multiple reports have come out about similar atrocities across Ukraine.

Experts told Metro.co.uk these rapes are not ‘randomised, individual, opportunistic acts’ but part of a Russian ‘strategy of terror to instil fear’.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky has vowed for further prosecution of Russian war criminals, after the first trial began this week.

Sergeant Vadim Shishimarin, 21, has been accused of shooting an unarmed civilian with a Kalashnikov assault rifle through an open car window.

He faces life in prison under a section of the Ukrainian criminal code addressing the laws and customs of war.

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And in his night-time address last night, Mr Zelensky described plans for a ‘multi-lateral agreement’ to ensure Russia pays ‘compensation’ for the devastation caused in Ukraine.

He said: ‘We are working to ensure that Russia compensates in one way or another for everything it has destroyed in Ukraine.

‘Every burned house. Every ruined school, ruined hospital. Each blown up house of culture and infrastructure facility. Every destroyed enterprise. Every shut down business, every hryvnia lost by people, enterprises, communities and the state.’

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