A pregnant 16-year-old girl has recounted her horrific rape at gunpoint by a Russian soldier who ordered her to take her clothes off or he would shoot her dead.
Dasha, from the now liberated village of Krasniva in Kherson Oblast, said she had been sheltering with her family in a basement when she was singled out by a drunk soldier who savagely attacked her with her mother and siblings next door.
Her story is just the latest in a string of barbaric allegations of rape against women and children in Ukraine, with Putin’s thugs accused of using rape as a weapon of war.
In Bucha, where Russia is accused of carrying out some of the worst of its atrocities, 25 girls and woman aged 14 to 25 were ‘systematically’ raped while being held captive in a basement. Nine of the women are now pregnant.
Dasha said her village of Krasniva was occupied by Kremlin forces on March 13 when she emerged from the basement with her family to get food.
She told Bild: ‘At first they were completely normal. Then they started drinking. They found vodka among people in the village and drank. Then they started looking for young women. Some also grandmothers.’
A pregnant 16-year-old girl has recounted her horrific rape at gunpoint by a Russian soldier who ordered her to take her clothes off or he would shoot her dead. File image: Russian soldiers in Mariupol
Young women were hidden in cellars throughout the village so escape from the predators, she said.
On the evening she was attacked, two Russians saw her as she left the basement where she was hiding with her mother, three brothers and one sister.
She said one of the Russians inspected the family and asked their ages before interrogating the mother alone.
Then he released her and took Dasha.
She said: ‘He talked to me and then told me to undress. I told him I’m not going to undress. Then he threatened to shoot me. I undressed.’
The soldier’s comrade made a half-hearted attempt to stop him, she said, but the drunk Russian carried on regardless.
Dasha said: ‘His comrade told him not to touch me. He was sober. But the one who took me was drunk and he had a submachine gun. The sober one didn’t have a submachine gun.’
When the assault started, the sober Russian left, warning he would return in half an hour, and Dasha’s family were in the kitchen next door to her.
Firefighters operate at a burning building, following a missile attack near the Kharkiv International Airport yesterday
She said: ‘I told him I was 16 and pregnant. I told him I’m in my sixth month. But he said that at this stage nothing happens to the child, that many do.’
He then proceeded to repeatedly grope her but when she resisted, he choked her and threatened to shoot her again.
The rape lasted half an hour, after which he told her to get dressed and follow him to the house he had been occupying in the village.
The soldier tried to ply her with alcohol and rape her again but his comrades came in at the point he was trying to undress her again.
He told the troops Dasha was his girlfriend who had come to visit her on her own and she did not object, fearing the consequences of telling the truth.
Two soldiers then took the young girl back home and said they would take care of the matter and even shoot the rapist.
But three days later, the attacker was taken to Dasha and denied everything in front of his fellow invaders.
The teenager and her family then tried to flee the village but they were told they couldn’t because they ‘know too much’.
A road service worker stands in front of destroyed houses in the village of Zalissya, northeast of Kyiv
They were only able to escape once it had been recaptured and liberated by Ukrainian forces.
Dasha is not the only victim from the village of Krasnivka, with a 78-year-old grandmother also raped.
Yesterday, Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian troops of carrying out ‘hundreds of rapes’ including sexual assaults of small children.
One Russian soldier has even been arrested after allegedly recording himself abusing a Ukrainian baby.
And nine women in Bucha are pregnant after being raped by Russians.
Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s human rights commissioner, told the BBC: ‘Russian soldiers told them they would rape them to the point where they wouldn’t want sexual contact with any man, to prevent them from having Ukrainian children.
‘A 25-year-old woman called us to say her 16-year-old sister was raped in the street in front of her.’
Speaking to Lithuanian lawmakers, Zelensky said: ‘In areas freed from the occupiers, the recording and investigation of war crimes committed by Russia continues. New mass graves are found almost daily.
‘Testimonials are being collected. Thousands and thousands of victims. Hundreds of cases of torture. Bodies continue to be found in drains and cellars.
‘Hundreds of cases of rape have been recorded, including those of young girls and very young children. Even of a baby!’
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda responded saying, ‘It’s simply impossible to imagine a greater horror.’
The scale of the brutality has led a Ukrainian rights group to inform the UN that rape is being used as a weapon of war by the Kremlin.
Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian troops of carrying out ‘hundreds of rapes’ including sexual assaults of small children as he spoke to Lithuanian lawmakers today (pictured)
Alexei Bychkov (pictured), 24, has allegedly been arrested after footage emerged of him abusing a baby
Kateryna Cherepakha, president of La Strada-Ukraine, said her organisation’s emergency hotlines had received calls accusing Russian soldiers of nine cases of rape involving 12 women and girls.
She told the UN: ‘This is just the tip of the iceberg. We know and see – and we want you to hear our voices – that violence and rape is used now as a weapon of war by Russian invaders in Ukraine.’
An 11-year-old boy is among the alleged victims after he was reportedly raped by Russian troops in front of his mother who was tied to a chair and forced to watch.
Ukraine’s Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmila Denisova said the boy was attacked in Bucha where scores of dead civilians showing signs of torture were found weeks after it was recaptured.
Denisova also claimed that five soldiers in Putin’s army raped a 14-year-old girl who has become pregnant.
She said an estimated 120,000 Ukrainian children were rounded up and kidnapped, with some raped and others smuggled over to Russia.
On April 8, a 16-year-old girl and 78-year-old woman were among those raped, official Oleksandr Vilkul claimed.
Meanwhile, one of Putin’s soldiers has been arrested after footage emerged of him allegedly raping a baby in Ukraine.
Alexei Bychkov, 24, sent the vile footage to a Russian comrade before he was detained on Saturday, it was reported.
The soldier is said to have shared other videos of his abuse of children to other friends and colleagues.
Tetiana Zadorozhniak (pictured with godchildren) is thought to have been raped and slaughtered in the town of Makariv, 30 miles from Kyiv, last month
Bloodstained sheets were filmed at Tetiana’s supposed murder scene, while footage also shows rooms in the house where contents had been smashed and thrown about. The camerawoman could be heard sobbing as she described the scene
Denisova said: ‘Russian soldiers told them they would rape them to the point where they wouldn’t want sexual contact with any man, to prevent them from having Ukrainian children.’
Meanwhile a 50-year-old woman who lives 45 miles of Kyiv said a Chechen soldier barged into the home she shared with her husband on March 7.
She told the BBC: ‘At gunpoint, he took me to a house nearby. He ordered me: ‘Take your clothes off or I’ll shoot you.’ He kept threatening to kill me if I didn’t do as he said. Then he started raping me.
‘While he was raping me, four more soldiers entered. I thought that I was done for. But they took him away. I never saw him again.’
When she returned home, she found her husband had been shot in the abdomen and he died two days later from his injuries.
An armoured vehicle of pro-Russian troops is seen in the street during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol
Horror tales of sexual abuse in Ukraine
Elena: Raped for 12 hours on April 3 in Kherson after a Russian sympathiser told the troops her husband was a Ukrainian soldier on the front line.
Mother and daughter, 17: The pair were attacked together by three men on March 4
Teenage sisters: Girls aged 15 and 16 were targeted, as they resorted to cutting their hair to appear less attractive to the invaders
Natalya, 33: Gang raped repeatedly for hours while her four-year-old son hid crying in a boiler room after her husband was shot dead
Alexei Bychkov, 24: Russian soldier allegedly arrested after sharing footage of him abusing a Ukrainian baby
Boy, 11: Raped in front of his mother who was tied to a chair and forced to watch
25 women in Bucha aged 14 to 25: Held captive in a basement and systematically raped, with nine now pregnant
Woman, 50: Taken at gunpoint to a neighbouring home, raped and returned home to her husband shot dead
She buried her husband in the back garden and the soldiers who interrupted the rape stayed in her house for days, drinking and pointing their gun at her while asking to hand over her husband’s belongings.
The same attacker allegedly raped and killed another woman in the same village, slitting her throat in an evacuated home.
In another chilling case, Russian soldiers entered the home of a family of three, where they killed the husband before repeatedly raping the wife.
They would even leave before returning three times to rape her again, threatening harm to her young boy if she resisted, the police chief said.
When they finally left for the final time, they burned down the home and shot dead their dogs.
Footage has also emerged purporting to show the murder scene of a Ukrainian woman allegedly held captive and raped by soldiers under the command of Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov.
The clip, shared on Telegram and Twitter by Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko, showed the inside of a house where Tetiana Zadorozhniak is thought to have been slaughtered in the town of Makariv, 30 miles from Kyiv, last month.
According to residents of the town, Tetiana was dragged out of her home by Kadyrov’s men as she waited to evacuate the town with her friend before being held captive in a nearby house and abused.
After days of torture, one of the soldiers raped her for a final time before cutting her throat and unceremoniously dumping her lifeless body in a shallow grave, local residents said.
Witnesses claimed that the Chechen soldier who raped and killed Tetiana was later executed by other officers.
Russia has repeatedly denied attacking civilians since its invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.
The United Nations said last week that human rights monitors were seeking to verify allegations of sexual violence by Russian forces, including gang rape and rapes in front of children.
Ukraine’s U.N. mission did not immediately respond to a request for comment on allegations against Ukraine forces.
‘Russia, as we have stated more than once, does not wage war against the civilian population,’ Russia’s deputy U.N. Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy told the Security Council on Monday, accusing Ukraine and allies of ‘a clear intention to present Russian soldiers as sadists and rapists.’
UN Women Executive Director, Sima Bahous, said that all allegations must by independently investigated to ensure justice and accountability.
‘We are increasingly hearing of rape and sexual violence,’ she told the council. ‘The combination of mass displacement with the large pressure results of conscripts and mercenaries and the brutality displayed against Ukrainian civilians has raised all red flags.’
All sides in the Ukraine war have systems of conscription, where young men are required by law to do military service. Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of using mercenaries.
Russia says it is carrying out a ‘special military operation’ to support independence declarations by separatists in two provinces in eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine’s U.N. Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya told the Security Council that the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine was ‘launching a special mechanism of documentation of cases of sexual violence by Russian soldiers against Ukrainian women.’