Ukrainian girls cut their hair short to avoid being raped by Russian soldiers, says official

In the Ukrainian town of Ivankiv, young girls cut their hair short to be avoid being raped by Russian soldiers who were occupying the region till the end of March, according to an official.

A woman holds a small girl at a border crossing in Medyka, Poland. (Photo: AP)

A woman holds a small girl at a border crossing in Medyka, Poland. (Photo: AP)

In the Ukrainian town of Ivankiv, about 50 miles away from the capital Kyiv, young girls cut their hair short to be ‘less attractive’ and avoid getting raped by occupying Russian soldiers, according to deputy mayor Maryna Beschastna.

The town was liberated on March 30 after more than a month of being occupied by Russian forces.

During the period of occupation, women were pulled out of basements by their hair so Russian soldiers could abused them, deputy mayor Maryna Beschastna said. “Girls started cutting their hair short to be less attractive, so no one looks at them anymore,” she said.

Speaking to ITV News, she described one incident in which two sisters 15 and 16 years of age were allegedly raped in a village nearby.

REPORTS OF RAPE

Ivankiv is not the only part of Ukraine from where reports of rape have emerged.

In one instance, a Ukrainian woman said she was raped by Russian soldiers moments after her husband was shot dead, while her terrified four-year-old son was crying in the next room.

Additionally, Ukrainian Member of Parliament Lesia Vasylenk has claimed that Russian soldiers raped girls as young as 10 years old and branded women’s bodies.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR

  • Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 and has been launching strikes across the country ever since.
  • Thousands of civilians and soldiers have lost their lives in the war while four million people have been displaced.
  • Russia has retreated from regions around the capital Kyiv to focus on the eastern parts of Ukraine.
  • In the wake of their retreat, they have left behind a trail of devastation in places such as Bucha and Borodyanka.

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