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Ukrainian girls cutting hair to avoid being raped: official

Ukrainian girls cutting hair to avoid being raped official


Young Ukrainian girls have been cutting their hair to be “less attractive” and avoid getting raped by monstrous Russian invaders, according to a tearful local official.

Maryna Beschastna, the deputy mayor of Ivankiv, a suburb of Ukraine capital Kyiv, broke down as she told ITV News about the trauma her town’s girls suffered during a 35-day occupation by invading forces.

“Two sisters were raped — girls of 15 and 16. Children,” she told the UK broadcaster while wiping away tears.

“Women were pulled by their hair out of their basements so that soldiers could abuse them.

Maryna Beschastna, the deputy mayor of Ivankiv, discussed the horrors of the Russian army’s occupation of her town.
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Maryna Beschastna
According to Beschastna, girls have been cutting their hair short to try to avoid being raped by Russian soldiers.
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A destroyed building in Ivankiv, Ukraine.
A destroyed building in Ivankiv, Ukraine.
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“Girls started cutting their hair short to be less attractive, so no one looks at them anymore,” she insisted of the desperate attempts to avoid assaults.

The reported rapes happened while Russian troops occupied the Kyiv suburb, which has only now been reconnected with the outside world thanks to a new bridge replacing one that was destroyed, ITV said.

One mom recounted her heartbreaking yet doomed attempt to save her 12-year-old son after he was fatally struck by shrapnel.

Artem, a 12-year-old boy in Ivankiv who was killed after getting hit by shrapnel.
Artem, a 12-year-old boy in Ivankiv who was killed after getting hit by shrapnel.
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Elena Skoropad said she and her husband, Sasha, had scooped up their pre-teen, Artem, to race him to a hospital after a cluster munition exploded and peppered them with shrapnel.

“On the way here in the car Artem was shouting all the way, ‘Mommy, Sasha, I love you,’” Skoropad told ITV, also breaking down while in the hospital.

“These were his words, then he kept saying his legs were hurting, his back was hurting. When we brought him [to the hospital] he was still alive … but then the injuries were incompatible with life, she said of the youngster, a keen basketball player.

Two Ukrainian men in a hospital after getting injured.
Two Ukrainian men in a hospital after getting injured.
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Buildings destroyed by Russian shelling on a street in Ivankiv.
Buildings destroyed by Russian shelling on a street in Ivankiv.
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A local man that was tortured and killed by Russian troops.
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Hospital officials also detailed the desperate monthlong conditions they met while also overwhelmed by those injured in shellings, shootings and explosions.

“We worked without electricity, without water, without anything — without medicine” one trauma surgeon said.

“Russians attacked civilians — they killed civilians,” said the surgeon, detailing “a lot of people with gunshot wounds.”



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