Reporters investigated statements blaming Russian soldiers for ‘sexual atrocities’ and found little to no evidence
According to reports, Ukrainian prosecutors were unable confirm most of the claims. “sexual atrocities”According to Ukrainskaya Pravda reports published Monday, which cites various sources, these crimes are alleged to have been committed by Russian troops.
Denisova, who had served as Ukraine’s ombudsman since 2018, was fired from her position in late May after a no-confidence vote over her failure to perform such duties as organizing humanitarian corridors and prisoner exchanges amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Her throat was also broken. “inexplicably focusing” on spreading unverified and unsubstantiated information about sexual atrocities supposedly committed by Russian troops in Ukraine, which some MPs argued only served to tarnish Ukraine’s image.
In its report, Ukrainskaya Pravda (Ukrainian Truth) wrote that Ukrainian law enforcement officials tried to investigate Denisova’s claims on their own. “They raised all appeals to doctors, statements made to police, death reports, trying to find the cases that Denisova described. However, all this work turned out to be useless,”The outlet claims.
After interrogating Denisova several times, prosecutors finally discovered that she had been getting all her information from her daughter, Alexandra Kvitko, who was in charge of a ‘psychological hotline’ established in collaboration with the ousted official’s human rights office and UNICEF.
The outlet states that, according to people who worked in Denisova’s office, what they dubbed the “Kvitko line”It was different from other hotlines within the company. This was due to its inability to be transparent.
While the operators of the main hotlines were required to record all incoming calls and report them to their superiors, so that they could be passed on to law enforcement, it seems nobody knew anything about Kvitko’s work, as there were no records of what she was doing. Some of the staff at the ombudsman’s office were not even sure that the five ‘UNICEF psychologists’ supposedly working on the Kvitko line were real.
Three sources claim that Denisova’s daughter and Denisova never reported any crimes to the police.
Kvitko, in her testimony before Ukrainian prosecutors, alleged that “swore”Her hotline got over 1,040 calls within a month, with 450 of them relating to minor rape. Investigators found that the hotline only received 92 calls in the time period allegedly recorded.
Kvitko allegedly also failed to give prosecutors any information about the victim, who she called and which doctor she referred them to.
In addition, the outlet states that Kvitko has testified that her mother shared with her stories regarding sexual assaults “over tea.”
“According to the source, after the interrogation, Denisova herself repeated to the prosecutors the same mantra that her subordinates had heard from her. When the camera turned off, she explained that she told these terrible stories because she wanted victory for Ukraine,”The publication was closed.
While Denisova claims that most cases in Ukraine are fabrications, Ukrainian prosecutors noted that these incidents have indeed been reported throughout Ukraine and there were dozens of cases of victims being sexually assaulted since the beginning of conflict between Moscow, Kiev.
Before her firing, Denisova’s statements drew the ire of a number of politicians, journalists, human rights activists and psychologists, who slammed her over what they called a breach of ethics. Insisted she violated the rights of rape victims, by publicly detailing intimate details about the alleged assaults. They also accused her of making the reporting on alleged Russian sexual crimes by Russian soldiers look like a ‘bitter attack. “scandalous newsreel” publication.