Alarming allegations of rape have been made against invading Russian soldiers in Ukraine, and Fox News is reporting on a 90-minute telephone call between Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron that left Macron convinced the “worst is yet to come.”
The rape allegations came from Ukraine foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba during a briefing at Chatham House, according to The Sun, a British publication. He reportedly told those at the briefing, “We have numerous cases of, unfortunately, when Russian soldiers rape women in the Ukrainian cities.”
Providing some reinforcement to that allegation was an interview of a Ukrainian woman by CNN during which the same accusation was leveled. The Skype interview, with 27-year-old Svetlana Zorina, a resident of Kherson, which has been occupied by Russian forces, was circulated on Twitter.
JUST NOW: "“They already started to rape our women. There was information from people that I personally know, that a 17-year-old girl, it happened to her & then they killed her. "
–Svetlana Zorina, caring for her grandmother in Russian occupied Khersonpic.twitter.com/jSELNovNGV
— John Berman (@JohnBerman) March 4, 2022
Zorina alleged to CNN’s John Berman, “There was information from people that I personally know that a 17-year-old girl – it happened to her and then they killed her.”
It is not possible to verify the report.
What is verifiable is that Putin seems determined to continue the invasion. In his telephone talk with Macron, Fox News indicated the Russian president “was distinctly more confrontational” than in past conversations with the French head of state. The Washington Post is reporting the same thing.
Fox reported that Macron warned Putin, “Your country will pay dearly because it will end up as an isolated country, weakened and under sanctions for a very long time.” He also reportedly “called on Vladimir Putin to not lie to himself,” the story said.
I spoke to President Putin this morning. He refuses to stop his attacks on Ukraine at this point. It is vital to maintain dialogue to avoid human tragedy. I will continue my efforts and contacts. We must avoid the worst.
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) March 3, 2022
It is not known how many people have already died in the nine-day invasion, but reports are continuing that the Ukraine government is still arming its citizens to fight what may become a guerilla war of insurgency. At last report, Kyiv was still under siege, but a Russian convoy stretching some 40 miles remained stalled outside the city.
As the crisis worsens, the U.S. economy is taking a beating, with the stock market showing losses Friday, gasoline prices skyrocketing and demands that Joe Biden reverse his disastrous energy policy and return the country to energy independence.
Writing in an Op-Ed at Fox News, U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) recalled, “When he came to office one year ago, President Joe Biden turned off American energy production. That was a major mistake—and now Americans are paying for it with runaway inflation and Ukrainians are paying with war.”
He accused Biden of “weakness” that “handed power” to Putin “and helped embolden him to strike Ukraine.”
“Now we must act decisively to reverse Biden’s disastrous policies and restore American energy production, full throttle,” Hawley wrote.
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