The bodies of 286 women have recently been discovered in the eastern Ukrainian city of Krasnoarmeisk while almost 400 women between the ages of 18 and 25 are still listed as missing, Russian news agency RiaNovosti reported on Friday with a reference to Alexander Zakharchenko, ‘prime minister’ of the unrecognised Donetsk People’s Republic.
“The bodies of 286 women who had been raped have been discovered in the city of Krasnoarmeisk where Ukrainian volunteer battalion was based,” the agency states.
The city of Krasnoarmeisk is located some 45 kilometers (28 miles) northwest of Donetsk, the capital of the self-proclaimed republic.
“Around 400 women between the ages of 18 and 25 have gone missing in Krasnoarmeisk where [Ukrainian forces] Dnepr-1 was based. The bodies of 286 women around Krasnoarmeisk who had been raped have been discovered,” RIANovosti quoted Zakharchenko as saying.
Mr Zakharchenko allegedly made the statement on Friday at a meeting with students from Donetsk National Technical University.
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At the same time, Mr Zakharchenko told Russian TV Lifenews that he had never made such a statement. He just said that 30—400 girls went missing since the conflict started, Lifenews stresses.