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Are Russian troops using sexual violence as a weapon? Here’s what we know.

By Esther Hallsdóttir

24 Mar 2022 · 1 min read

Over the last month, Russian forces have assaulted the people of Ukraine. In addition to news of attacks on civilians and families displaced, there are now initial reports that Russian forces have committed sexual violence.

This month, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba claimed that Russian soldiers had committed "numerous" rapes against Ukrainian women. Last week, Ukrainian MPs charged that Russian forces were targeting women and girls specifically and that elderly women had been raped.

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