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The Daily BeastNov 27, 2022
Russia Is Using Rape as a Weapon in Ukraine. The West Must Hold Putin Accountable.
KATERINA KLOCHKO/AFP via Getty ImagesNote: This article contains extremely graphic description of specific sexual assaults and torture; some readers may find this very disturbing or upsetting.

As the war in Ukraine enters its tenth month, and as the Ukrainian military has begun to recover ground previously occupied by the Russians, new evidence of systematic campaigns of rape and torture has come to light. There had previously been troubling reports of widespread use of sexual violence against civilians, along with other clear violations of international laws that compel combatants to protect civilians.

This situation appears to be worsening as Ukraine builds momentum in reclaiming its territory from Russian hands. One woman recently detailed her harrowing experience being held in a prison where she was raped and tortured by Russian soldiers. This is one more gut-wrenching story on top of many that came to light over the summer—not to mention the many

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