union — The British ambassador to the United Nations said on Thursday that there are “credible” allegations that Russian forces committed sexual violence against children in Ukraine, as UN agencies said more than six million people had fled Ukraine in the wake of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion. UNHCR reported this dismal statistic, meaning that a third of Ukrainians have been displaced from their homes, including about 8 million Ukrainians displaced from their homes.
The effects of the war on Ukrainian youth have been particularly devastating, and Britain’s UN ambassador to the United Nations says it appears to extend to sexual violence perpetrated against children by invading forces.
British ambassador Barbara Woodward said at least 238 of the thousands of civilians killed in Russia since the outbreak of the war were believed to be children and 347 were injured, citing UN humanitarian agencies.
“There are credible allegations of sexual violence against children by the Russian military,” Woodward added. “As others have said, mass movement isand sexual exploitation.”
Last month, Ukrainian parliamentarian Kira Rudyk“In all territories occupied by Russians” sexual violence is systematically used.
Ukrainian parliament member Kira Rudik told CBS: “To show that rape can be used as a tool of war in Ukraine to destroy and humiliate our souls and help us protect women, children and their bodies. “He said. News. “It’s taking place systematically in occupied areas.”
UNICEF Deputy Secretary-General Omar told the UN Security Council on Thursday: “Children and parents tell us about a ‘living hell’ starving, drinking from mud, constantly bombarded and forced into shelter. He fled, dodging bombs, bombs, bullets and land mines.”
He called the war a “child protection and child rights crisis.”
“Children in Ukraine have been displaced, injured, orphaned or killed,” UN deputy deputy ambassador Richard Mills told diplomats. “Of the approximately 14 million people who have been forced to leave their homes since the escalating conflict, about half are innocent children. Children who deserve a chance to live, grow and thrive, but instead struggle every day to survive in dire conditions. “
“Civilians, especially women and children, pay the greatest price in war,” said Joyce Msuya, UN Security Council Briefing Diplomat, UN Assistant Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Coordinator for Emergency Relief.
Msuya said the situation is very worrisome in the Luhansk region of Donbas, an industrial center in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is currently focusing its attack. She said about 40,000 people there alone had their electricity, water and gas supplies cut off.
Meanwhile, the UN Human Rights Council held a special meeting in Geneva on Thursday, and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said that “1,000 bodies of civilians were found in Kyiv alone. They appear to have been summarily executed.”
“These civilian killings have often been shown to be intentional, carried out by snipers and soldiers. Civilians died when crossing the road or leaving shelters to find food and water. Others died while escaping from vehicles.” Bachelet said.
CBS News Partner Network BBC News Such murder charges were documented. on Thursday. The network captured a video showing several Russian soldiers shooting unarmed civilian security guards from behind and looting businesses from multiple security cameras near businesses outside Kyiv.
One of the soldiers appears to be smashing security cameras with a rifle butt, realizing that he and his colleagues’ actions are being recorded.
In the United States, help is available for survivors of sexual violence and their families. RAINN provides resources at 1-800-656-HOPE and www.rainn.org