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Ukraine first lady attends London meeting on sexual violence
Britain’s Catherine, Princess of Wales (L) speaks with First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska (L) during a meeting at Buckingham Palace on September 18, 2022. (AFP)

Russian soldiers must be held accountable for raping Ukrainian women and committing other acts of sexual violence during Russia's war in Ukraine, the country's first lady, Olena Zelenska, told an international conference on preventing sexual violence in conflicts Monday (Nov 28).

Zelenska told the London summit that sexual violence was being perpetrated "systematically and openly" as the war in Ukraine drags on. Phone recordings have shown Russian soldiers openly discussing rape with their relatives at home, Zelenska said.

"Sexual violence is the most cruel, most animalistic way to prove mastership over someone. And for victims of this kind of violence, it is difficult to testify in war times because nobody feels safe", she said.

"This is another instrument that they're using as their weaponry. This is another weapon in their arsenal in this war and conflict. That's why they're using this systematically and openly," she added.

Russia launched 84 cruise missiles and 24 drones all across Ukraine on Oct. 10, with an average total value of $400-700 million - Photo. Euromaidan Press

Zelenska then visited Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's official residence at No. 10 Downing Street. She was greeted by Sunak's wife, Akshata Murty, and the two women decorated the Christmas tree outside the residence in front of assembled photographers.

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Zelenska is expected to address British lawmakers on Tuesday as part of her U.K. visit.

Sunak visited the Ukrainian capital Kyiv earlier this month, where he offered continued U.K. support to Ukraine in its fight against Russia.

Source: anews