A Ukrainian woman claims to have been repeatedly raped by Russian soldiers after they invaded her home and shot her husband to death.
The anonymous woman shared her story to The Times, in which she detailed that the incident occurred on the night of March 9 when her family was at home near the village of Shevchenkove outside the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
According to the newspaper, the Ukrainian woman recalled hearing a single shot in the night after her husband went outside to check on a suspicious noise. It was then that she saw her 35-year-old husband’s lifeless body on the ground and then two soldiers forcibly entered her home.
She detailed that she was repeatedly raped by two Russian soldiers while her 4-year-old son hid in the boiler room where they had been sheltering from the attacks. One of the men was the commander of the troop as she recognized him from an encounter earlier in the day when his troops killed the family dog at their home and also searched their property for gasoline.
The woman told the Times that the soldier said these words to her as they took turns raping her, “you’d better shut up or I’ll get your child and show him his mother’s brains spread around the house,”. She added that they held a gun to her head and taunted her while saying “How do you think she sucks it? Shall we kill her or keep her alive?”.
Since the ordeal, an investigation has been launched by Ukrainian officials, and Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Iryna Venediktova updated that the country has informed Russia that the soldier is wanted “on suspicion of violating the laws and customs of war” after a warrant for his arrest was issued.