In the occupied office buildings of Luhansk Oblast [region], there are not only men in captivity, but also women girls , but Ukrainian media often unknowingly remains silent about this issue, while Russian TV channels hide it based on orders coming from the Kremlin. As I learned from the parents of Marina K. There are many of us here, about 40 people, all girls about my age, maybe a couple of years older. You know what I mean? I might go mad soon. Surely, they are not taken there to sing songs!
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A Day in Luhansk: War’s Crimes, Horrors, and Uncertainties | Human Rights Watch
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As Ukraine's Rape Epidemic Goes Largely Ignored, Survivors Plead for Help
Russia's huge aid convoy for east Ukraine is believed to be destined primarily for Luhansk, a rebel-held industrial city under siege from government forces. Whatever the questions over the Kremlin's intentions with regard to the convoy , there seems to be little doubt that civilians in Luhansk are in need of aid, much more so than in Donetsk, the biggest city still under rebel control. Home to , people in peacetime, Luhansk has seen its population dwindle to ,, the city council says on its website, as people flee the fighting that has raged here since mid-April.
In July , Gayde Rizaeva, a year old Ukrainian mother, says she was walking down the road with her three colleagues carrying supplies to troops when a car pulled up alongside them. Bags were suddenly thrown over their heads, and they were dragged into the back of the car. During their torture, she says, militants demanded to know the location of Ukrainian military bases. She was forced to watch as her male colleagues were stripped and raped, but that she herself was spared that assault.