Burning building collapsing in the aftermath of shelling in Kharkiv, northeast Ukraine 02032022 CREDIT SES OF UKRAINE .jpg
Burning building collapsing in the aftermath of shelling in Kharkiv, northeast Ukraine (Picture: SES OF UKRAINE).
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Ukraine: Women 'raped for hours and then murdered', Ukrainian deputy PM says

Olha Stefanishyna said Ukraine will resist Russia's invasion to ensure "no genocide is committed on this land in the 21st Century".

Burning building collapsing in the aftermath of shelling in Kharkiv, northeast Ukraine 02032022 CREDIT SES OF UKRAINE .jpg
Burning building collapsing in the aftermath of shelling in Kharkiv, northeast Ukraine (Picture: SES OF UKRAINE).

Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration has said women "have been raped for hours and then murdered" during Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

Olha Stefanishyna told the Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme on Sky News she has "the very strong aggression to make sure that each and every military criminal who has committed this crime is held to account".

"That's why we have more than 2,000 cases, criminal cases, opened in our prosecutor's office," she said.

"Each and every soldier who has committed this war crime, by order or not, will be held accountable.

"Be sure Russian soldiers, that we fix and see it all, and Ukrainian women will stand for each other, and we will prevail."

Ms Stefanishyna also said Ukrainians will continue to fight for their country but called on other countries to help.

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"The enormous bravery of Ukrainian people, army, nation and government, it's something we would expect from all leaders around the world for standing for the values enshrined in the UN Charter," she said.

"That's why Ukraine will resist as long as is needed to make sure that no terror, no mass murdering, no genocide is committed on this land in the 21st Century.

"But it's absolutely clear that only a Ukrainian army, and only a Ukrainian president, will not be able to withstand it alone."

Ms Stefanishyna also said the situation in her country is becoming "more and more severe" as the war with Russia wages on.

"Russia has committed nearly all possible war crimes which humanity has seen over the Second World War," she went on.

"The number of civilian victims is far more than those from the armed forces of Ukraine. 

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"It is absolutely essential that no-one is getting used to the war.

"We've said we will resist and we will go stronger regardless of any attempt by the Russian federation, which has failed so far in its majority."

In a post on Twitter, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) said Russian forces were continuing to encircle cities across Eastern Ukraine.

The post also said Russia has "increased its indiscriminate shelling of urban areas resulting in… large numbers of civilian casualties".

"It is likely Russia will continue to use its heavy firepower to support assaults on urban areas as it looks to limit its own already considerable losses, at the cost of further civilian casualties," the post said.

It comes after the Russian military used hypersonic missiles for the second day in a row in Ukraine.