Russia gives soldiers Viagra to rape Ukrainians: UN official

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A UN official has claimed Russia is using rape as its “military strategy” in Ukraine – supplying soldiers with drugs to sexually assault civilians.

“When you hear women testifying about Russian soldiers being fitted with Viagra, it’s clearly a military strategy,” said Pramila Patten, UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict. Told the AFP.

Patten added that the UN has verified “over a hundred cases” of rape or sexual assault since the invasion began in February. The victims largely include girls and women, but boys and men have also been raped.

In September, the head of the organization’s Independent International Commission of Inquiry into Ukraine wrote that Russian forces were committing war crimes against civilians, including rape, torture and unlawful detention.

Russian army reservists receive all-weather field uniforms and kits at a training center in the Southern Military District.
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Valdimir Putin addresses a rally and concert marking the annexation of four regions of Ukraine on September 30.
Valdimir Putin addresses a rally and concert marking the annexation of four regions of Ukraine on September 30.
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The head of the commission noted that victims of sexual and gender-based violence ranged from four to 82, and in some cases family members were forced to watch the acts.

“Reported cases are just the tip of the iceberg,” Patten told AFP, but added that it is difficult to maintain accurate statistics during active violent conflict. “Numbers will never reflect reality, because sexual violence is a silent crime.”

Russia has denied the war crimes allegations.

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