‘It’s on Russia to cease rape, violence, and atrocities from inside its ranks,’ stated US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
Russia has been urged to cease sexual violence allegedly carried out by its navy forces and armed proxies in Ukraine, allegations that Moscow denounced as “lies” at a gathering of the UN Safety Council.
The calls to finish sexual violence in Ukraine had been made by the US and Europe on Monday throughout a heated assembly of the safety council, organised by Albania, which presently holds the rotating presidency.
“It’s on Russia to cease rape, violence, and atrocities from inside its ranks,” US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield instructed the assembly.
“It’s on Russia to finish this unconscionable, unprovoked warfare on the folks of Ukraine, and we name on the Russian Federation to do exactly that,” she stated.
European Council President Charles Michel denounced “atrocities” by Russia in Ukraine.
“These crimes should be and can be punished. To carry accountable those that are accountable, we’d like proof and we are actually serving to to gather the proof of those crimes,” he stated.
Michel added that Moscow was additionally “solely accountable” for a meals disaster sparked by Russia’s invasion of its neighbour.
“We’ve seen a disturbing improve in conflict-related sexual violence, together with horrific reviews of rape and sexual violence dedicated by Russian armed forces. And a major improve in human trafficking,” British Ambassador James Kariuki instructed the UN assembly.
“Russia’s actions, together with destroying or blockading key ports, have additionally exacerbated one of the extreme worldwide meals crises in current historical past,” he stated.
The accusations led Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vassily Nebenzia, to depart the chamber and get replaced with a deputy on the assembly.
Nebenzia had earlier denied alleged sexual abuses dedicated by Russian forces in Ukraine, saying there was no proof.
“The accusations of sexual violence towards the Russian military have change into repetitive… however no proof has been offered,” he stated.
Pramila Patten, the UN’s Particular Consultant on Sexual Violence in Battle, urged that sexual violence crimes are “finally mirrored” in any peace settlement associated to Russia’s warfare in Ukraine.
“This contains guaranteeing that amnesties for sexual violence crimes are explicitly prohibited,” she stated.
In April, the UN demanded an unbiased investigation into rape and sexual violence in Ukraine, after allegations that Russian troops had dedicated such crimes in occupied areas of the country.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated on the time that investigators had acquired reviews of “a whole bunch of circumstances of rape” in areas beforehand occupied by Russian troops, together with sexual assaults of babies.