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EU sanctions Russian military officials for "systematic" sexual violence against women in Ukraine


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EU sanctions Russian military officials for "systematic" sexual violence against women in Ukraine


The European Union has approved this Tuesday sanctions against nine people and three entities involved in cases of sexual violence against women in the war in Ukraine, diplomatic sources have confirmed, apart from other scenarios such as South Sudan, Afghanistan or Iran, where violence against women is increasing.

On the eve of International Women's Day, the European bloc adds to its 'black list' police and military commanders responsible for repression against the Ukrainian population and, in particular, four leaders responsible for directing military units involved in sexual attacks against women during the Russian invasion of the neighboring country. This is the first time that the Twenty-seven apply the regime of sanctions for violation of Human Rights to cases of sexual violence against women.

The text of the sanctions, to which Europa Press has had access, points to the division commander Nikolai Kuznetsov and Colonel Ramil Ibatullin, both Russian military leaders in the offensive against Ukraine, whose units systematically carried out acts of sexual violence against women between March and April 2022, in the early stages of the invasion.

"The scale and severity of sexual and gender-based acts in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine speaks to systematic planning. Commanders were aware of sexual violence by military personnel in Ukraine and, in some cases, encouraged it and they ordered", indicates the legal text that accompanies the sanctions, which points to group rapes by Russian soldiers and cases of sexual assaults against pregnant women.

The sanctions also include Colonel Alexander Fedorinov and police officer Ivan Ryabov, both from the Moscow Police Station, for the arbitrary detention of peaceful protesters against the war launched by Vladimir Putin and for documented cases of torture.

Apart from the Ukraine war, the EU takes action against Afghan minister Mohamed Khalid Hanafi for restricting the freedom of women and girls, limiting their freedom of expression and issuing punishments against those who do not respect the edicts of the Taliban regime.

Other people sanctioned are two police commanders in South Sudan for systematic sexual attacks in their regions and the deputy minister of the Interior of Burma for torture and rape in the Asian country.

The three entities that go on the European blacklist are the Qarchak prison in Iran, the Headquarters for Military Affairs and Security of Burma and the Syrian Republican Guard, all responsible for cases of rape and torture during arbitrary detention.