UN: 124 cases of sexual violence reported in Ukraine

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A senior UN official said on Monday that 124 alleged acts of conflict-related sexual violence have been reported in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion.

Pramila Patten was speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council devoted to sexual violence and human trafficking linked to the conflict in Ukraine. Patten is the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

She said that as of June 3, a monitoring team from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had received reports of 124 cases of alleged sexual violence across Ukraine. Children were allegedly victims of 49 of the alleged acts.

Patten said: “From our experience of conflicts around the world, we know that sexual violence is the most consistently and massively under-reported violation and that the data available is only the tip of the iceberg.” She called on the international community to act immediately.

American and European ambassadors have condemned Russia.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that since the start of the invasion, “a mountain of credible reports of atrocities committed by Russian forces against civilians has grown daily”. She added: “These reports include horrifying tales of sexual violence.”

The Russian ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, has refuted all allegations of sexual violence. He reiterated Moscow’s position that the allegations were not supported by any evidence. The envoy said, “This is a lie that we firmly reject.

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