A mother and daughter recount two weeks of rape and terror in Buta

This article contains testimonies that can be particularly distressing to read or listen to, but which we believe are important for understanding the situation in Ukraine. It is possible that all the links we refer to contain explicit and blurred images.


These are extremely rare testimonies, collected by a journalist from RTS. He may have been the first to describe to this extent the horrors suffered by women and minors in Bucha, Ukraine. It is this city in which hundreds of civilians were discovered, which has become a symbol of the violence of the Russian army.

One mother agreed to break the silence, to say what she had experienced: a continuous rape during the Russian army’s occupation of her city. Soldiers practically settled in her house and turned her house into a living hell. His daughter also wanted martyrdom.

A mother and her daughter tell two weeks of rape and terror in Bousheh – Maureen Mercier

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We’ll call her Ekaterina, 38 years old. She lives in a small house in Bucha with her 13-year-old daughter and 75-year-old mother. His mother is too old to run away. That is why these three women had to endure the Russian occupation. His story begins like this:They asked me to kneel, mother says. Then they said to me: Your daughter is very beautiful… I begged them not to touch her. I said to them, ‘Do with me what they like, but don’t touch her.’ They forced me to have oral sex. In turn, it was not over, they walked, like a treadmill.

To protect her daughter, this woman would be raped several times a day. For two and a half weeks, the soldiers – between the ages of 18 and 25 – did not come alone, always in groups. “Many of them entered. I think not only my eyes and ears were violated”Ekaterina explains.

They told me: ‘Shut up! We were stationed in Belarus and it’s been a long time since we’ve had a wife! So shut up! “Otherwise they threatened to destroy the neighborhood and kill everyone, my neighbors and my daughter.”

Ekaterina tried in vain to calm those she called “psychopaths”: “They kept asking me where the guys are. I told them I do not know. I told them that everyone had fled the city. They told me they were killing and raping children.” Next to her is her 13-year-old daughter: They told me, “They asked me to watch my mother being raped…so that I would learn, so that they could use both of us.”

“One night they came at eight. I was sleeping. They got into bed and touched me but they finally went to my mother. They raped her, all eight at the same time.”

Daughter of Ekaterina, 38

“All of a sudden their eyes turned, and they would go crazy again, all of a suddenEkaterina remembers. It was completely unexpected. It really felt like we didn’t have soldiers in front of us but people who had escaped from the psychiatric hospital. They had been handed over their arms and sent to war. It’s not normal.”

The mother describes these methodically drunk soldiers who shot at the gate to indicate that they had arrived at her house, which had stayed for hours in her yard, swinging like a pendulum, after having raped her. His daughter did not escape this psychological torture either: “One day they took me to my neighbors’ little yard, and the soldier said to me: Look, that’s what I did this morning. It’s the woman who killed her. There was blood oozing from his mouth. I waited for you to suffer before I finished it. I asked him, “Did you really do that?” He said: Yes, I love killing, this excites me. He was 18, so he’s five years older than me.”

“They showed us their night vision goggles. We understood that they could see exactly who they were shooting at, and that they knew what they were doing when they were killing civilians. A soldier told us, ‘It’s not war, it’s terrorism, it’s psychological torture. The way your boss Zelensky will eventually understand who we are!”

She responds to the whispers—those men in the neighborhood—who sometimes hint that she might have been able to avoid what happened to her:Those who tried to resist died or were forced to watch their child being raped right in front of their eyes. I don’t even know how to see this. I looked straight into these men’s eyes. They were dead drunk and crazy. I understood what I had to do.” This mother concludes by saying:I think but I’m not sure we survived.”

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