Olha Stefanishyna says she has ‘complete confidence’ Russia is committing genocide in her home country Ukraine, after Ukrainian MPs accused women of being raped and hanged
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Vladimir Putin’s forces are waging genocide in Ukraine, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister warned today.
Olha Stefanishyna spoke out as her President Volodymyr Zelensky said the siege of the Russian port city of Mariupol was “a horror that will be remembered for centuries to come”.
Weeks after the Ukraine-Russia war, the Russian Defense Ministry said it had attacked Ukraine with cruise missiles from ships in the Black and Caspian Seas, and launched hypersonic missiles from Crimea’s airspace.
The city council in Mariupol said Russian forces had bombed an art school where about 400 residents had taken shelter.
There was no immediate information on casualties and Reuters was unable to independently verify the claim. Russia denies targeting civilians.
Asked if she believed it was a genocide, Ms. Stefanishyna told Sophy Ridge on Sunday on Sky News: “I totally believe it. I’m a lawyer myself and I’m committed. decision making”.
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Stefanishyna added: “It is really important that all political leaders around the world… unite and form an alliance against the war. Only this joint effort will allow us to stop genocide and mass murder in this 21st century.”
She said that while Kyiv remains open to negotiations with the Kremlin, Ukraine will “absolutely not” cede some territory to Russia.
She highlighted “terrible stories women have heard about women being raped for hours and then murdered”.
She referred to the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which urged Russia to “immediately suspend military operations beginning on 24 February in Ukraine.
“We know that the words in the ruling, the orders, don’t mean anything for the Russian Federation, but that’s not what I or anyone else assumes, this is reality,” she said. . “Putin and the Kremlin are the worst criminals.
“They’re committing the worst crimes and they’re making an attempt to target the Ukrainian people… that’s not a question, it’s simply the reality that we’re all facing. facing in the 21st century.”
“Ukrainian territory is the territory that was assigned in 1991.
“Within the universal and internationally recognized borders, it is not only Ukraine’s position, it is the position of the whole world that is recognized in many decisions of the United Nations Security Council … so so That’s not an option for discussion.
“Of course, there may be room for discussion about the reintegration of territories that have been occupied over the past eight years.”
She continued: “Ukraine will fight back as long as necessary to ensure that no terrorism, no mass murder, no genocide is committed on this land in the 21st century.
“But it is clear that only the Ukrainian army, and only one Ukrainian president, will not be able to fight it alone.”
Earlier this week, Ukrainians MPs during their trip to Britain accused Russian soldiers of raping women over 60 and hanging them.
Lesia Vasylenko, an MP for Ukraine’s opposition Holos party, said many “senior citizen” women are committing suicide after being sexually assaulted by Russian Army in an attempt to escape the violence.
Vasylenko also stated that some Ukrainians are very vulnerable and they cannot escape, with the MP saying that the President of Russia Vladimir Putin has “changed its strategy to target the most vulnerable groups of women and children”.
The Ukrainian MP’s statement came after Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko declared Mr Putin “unwell” and a “danger to the world”.
Vasylenko said: “Most [the women over 60] were executed after being raped or taking their own lives. The main problem is that the victim and family do not have the strength or capacity to move forward. “
Another Ukrainian MP, Maria Mezentseva of the Servant of the People Party added: “Women who were raped and subjected to sexual violence, some of them hanged.
“These are the facts we are collecting as evidence of war crimes and submitting them to the ECHR [European Court of Human Rights]. “
The former head of Britain’s Defense Intelligence Agency said Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was “quite demoralizing, quite stalemate and quite stagnating”.
Air Marshal Philip Osborn told Sophy Ridge on Sunday on Sky News Russian forces were “dismayed by poor preparation and proven inadequate”, and are currently stalled by “losing momentum”.
“We’re seeing them withdraw resources and people from all over Russia, even from Syria, and that’s not a good sign for a supposed superpower,” he added.
“They’re stalled because they’re running out of options.
“Really what’s left for them now is to double down on brute force to put pressure on the Ukrainian government.”
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