US and Europe urge Russia to end sexual violence in Ukraine

“It is incumbent on Russia to stop the rapes, violence and atrocities committed by its soldiers”

The United States and Europe called on Russia on Monday to stop alleged sexual violence committed by its army and its proxies in Ukraine, Moscow denouncing baseless accusations, during a meeting of the Security Council of the UN organized by Albania.

“Russia must take measures within its army and its auxiliaries so that they respect” the UN resolution 1820 on sexual violence, adopted in 2008, which prohibits making it a weapon of war, has said US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

“It is incumbent on Russia to stop the rapes, violence and atrocities committed by its soldiers. It is incumbent on Russia to put an end to this atrocious unprovoked war against the Ukrainian people,” she insisted.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, also denounced “atrocities” by Russia. “These crimes will be punished”, “we need evidence” and “we are helping to gather them”, he said.

He also strongly denounced “the sole responsibility” of Moscow in the food crisis caused by the Russian war, leading to the departure from the room of the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, replaced by a deputy.

Previously, the Russian diplomat had denied the sexual abuses of which the Russian armed forces are accused, speaking of “lies”.

“The accusations of sexual violence against the Russian army have become repetitive (…) but no proof has been provided,” said Vassily Nebenzia. “Be more careful because there is no proof of these claims from kyiv,” the diplomat added for Westerners.

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