Russian troops ‘tortured and raped a woman before burning a swastika on her corpse’, Ukrainian MP says

A woman was “raped and killed” by Russian forces before they burned a swastika on her body, a Ukrainian lawmaker has claimed.

Lesia Vasylenko, a Holos party politician, shared a graphic image on Twitter of what she claimed was the “tortured body of a raped and killed woman”. The photo appeared to show a woman’s torso with a burnt and scratched swastika on it.

Ms Vasylenko wrote: “I am speechless. My mind is paralyzed with anger, fear and hatred”.

Pro-Russian outlet RT previously claimed that the woman’s body had been found by “pro-Russian forces at a Ukrainian military compound”. The Russian Investigative Committee claimed that Ukrainian nationalists from the Azov Battalion tortured the woman in the city of Mariupol.

They alleged that she was found in the basement of one of the town’s schools.

The Independent was unable to verify either claim.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK Vadym Prystaiko and Ukrainian Member of Parliament Lesia Vasylenko leave Number 10 Downing Street


Mounting evidence over the past few days has documented the brutal treatment of civilians by Russian forces in towns and villages around the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

Ukrainian officials said they were looking into allegations of sexual violence against women, including allegations that soldiers killed a woman’s husband before two Russians repeatedly raped her.

Residents sit by a makeshift stove next to their building in Bucha, Ukraine. The Ukrainian government has accused Russian forces of committing a ‘deliberate massacre’ as they occupied and eventually retreated from Bucha

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Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said the alleged crime took place in Brovary, one of the eastern suburbs of the capital. She added that the victim’s child was present when the incident occurred.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of trying to ‘distort the facts’ about alleged atrocities in previously occupied towns, such as Bucha, and claimed the invaders were ‘already unleashing a false campaign to cover up their guilt’ by committing “war crimes”.

Dozens of bodies have been found since Ukrainian forces regained control of Bucha

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