Rape Case: Trial Of Russian Soldier To Begin In Ukraine

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(Last Updated On: 2022-06-23)

Ukrainian authorities will hold a preliminary hearing in its first trial of a Russian soldier charged with rape, Reuters reports.

The suspect, Mikhail Romanov, 32, is accused of raping a 33-year-old woman after he and another Russian soldier shot her husband in the village of Bohdanivka, to the northeast of Kyiv, on 9 March, according to court files.

Romanov is not in Ukrainian custody and will be tried in absentia.

It is not clear what kind of legal representation Romanov will have at the trial, which will be held behind closed doors.

A spokesperson for the prosecutor general’s office said that a prosecutor might comment about the trial publicly after today’s hearing.

Earlier this month, Ukraine’s chief prosecutor Iryna Venediktova said more than 15,000 suspected war crimes had been reported in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion.

Ms Venediktova said more than 500 suspects had been identified, which include Russian ministers, military commanders and propagandists.

Skynews

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