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Police receive over 93,000 reports of sexual violence committed by Russians

Wednesday, 30 August 2023, 17:34

During the full-scale invasion, the National Police received more than 93,000 calls from victims of sexual violence by the Russian occupiers. 

Source: Serhii Nizhynskyi, a public adviser to the Office of Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine

Details: Nizhynskyi said that only some of the cases have been submitted to court.


"There are already 203 or 205 cases that the Office of the Prosecutor General has officially verified and submitted to the court. There are 93,000 calls that are verified by the National Police and are transferred to the relevant rescue centres," said Nizhynsky.

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Nizhynskyi said that there are plans to work on changes to the Criminal Code. 

The idea is to create a separate article to cover punishment for sexual violence during wartime. 

He also noted that there are currently a number of hubs in Ukraine where victims can turn on a confidential basis.

"These are 11 centres that have been set up over the past year. Mostly in the east of Ukraine. The first one was in Zaporizhzhia, then Sumy, Kropyvnytskyi, and Kyiv, and there were many of these initiatives. 

And this is a hub where a person, even without going to law enforcement, can seek help – humanitarian, medical, legal or psychological," Nizhynskyi said. 

Earlier, the police reported that most sexual offences were officially recorded in the liberated territories of Kyiv, Sumy and Chernihiv oblasts.

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