A ‘beautiful’ Ukrainian girl has been found dead in a backyard in Bucha, the teen’s friends have claimed.
Karina Yershova, 16, was found shot in the back of the head after she was allegedly raped and murdered by Russian troops.
It comes as the chief prosecutor from the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, visited Bucha today, describing the Kyiv suburb as a ‘crime scene’.
A friend of Yershova’s mother, Olesya Vasylets wrote on Facebook: ‘Friends, terrible news. Racists killed my friend’s daughter Karina Yershova. 16-year-old Karina Yershova…. the pain is terrible.
‘She was mocked, raped, and then shot in the trash. Today my mother found out that she was killed and created a help group. Please help me bury her, I knew this kid for years, taught her English, she was a very bright and talented girl.’
Yershova disappeared early last month and on March 10 her mother appealed for information to ‘help me find my daughter’ who was last seen on ‘energy workers street’ in Bucha. ‘I really hope for help, thank you,’ she said.
It is not clear if Yershova was targeted on purpose by Russian forces.
The teenager’s death is the latest discovery in the Bucha massacre which left more than 400 civilians dead, although the exact number killed is still unknown.
Karina Yershova, 16, was found shot in the back of the head after she was allegedly raped and murdered by Russian troops
A friend of Yershova’s mother, Olesya Vasylets wrote on Facebook: ‘Friends, terrible news. Racists killed my friend’s daughter Karina Yershova (pictured) 16-year-old Karina Yershova…. the pain is terrible’
The teenager’s death is the latest discovery in the Bucha massacre which left more than 400 civilians dead, although the exact number killed is still unknown (pictured, officials excavate mass graves in Bucha)
Bodies are exhumed and removed from a mass-grave in the grounds of the St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints church in Bucha
The discovery of more mass graves in Bucha (pictured) comes as Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) published audio that purports to show a Russian woman giving her soldier partner permission to rape locals in Ukraine
Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko also tweeted the news today, writing: ’16 y.o. Karina raped by #Russia soldiers and shot in the head. Her mother’s search for her ended as her tortured body was found in #Bucha.’
The ICC’s Khan, speaking in Bucha today, said: ‘We’re here because we have reasonable grounds to believe that crimes within the jurisdiction of the court are being committed. We have to pierce the fog of war to get to the truth.’
The discovery comes as Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) published audio that purports to show a Russian woman giving her soldier partner permission to rape locals in Ukraine.
In the recording post on Telegram, the woman is hears telling the soldier: ‘Ok, you can rape those Ukrainian women.’ She added that he should not tell her about it and that he should use protection.
President Vlodymyr Zelensky early on Wednesday said evidence of ‘inhuman cruelty’ toward women and children in Bucha and other suburbs of Kyiv continued to surface, including alleged rapes.
According to International law, rape and murder of civilians is a war crime.
An investigation into war crimes is already underway in Ukraine, including into atrocities revealed after Moscow’s retreat from cities and towns around Kyiv.
More than 720 people were killed in Kyiv suburbs that had been occupied by Russian troops and over 200 were considered missing, the Interior Ministry said early Wednesday.
In Bucha alone, Mayor Anatoliy Fedoruk said 403 bodies had been found and the toll could rise as minesweepers comb the area.
A man pushes his bike through debris and destroyed Russian military vehicles on a street in Bucha
Civilians inspect the wreckage of a tank in the town of Bucha, the scene of horrific Russian atrocities
Vladyslava Liubarets, a Bucha resident, walks with her family past destroyed Russian military machinery
A satellite image taken of a street in the city of Bucha on March 19 – when Russian forces were in full control of the city – shows dark objects in the road that exactly match where civilian corpses were later discovered by Ukrainian troops
Pictured: Locals carry a coffin on a wheelbarrow as the city was hit by shelling in the small city of Borodyanka near Kiev
Cemetery workers unload bodies of civilians killed in and around Bucha before they are transported to the morgue at a cemetery
War crime prosecutor’s team member speaks on the phone next to buildings that were destroyed by Russian shelling, amid Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, in Borodyanka
The chief prosecutor from the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, (pictured in August 2021) visited Bucha today, describing the Kyiv suburb as a ‘crime scene’
In the Chernihiv region, villagers said more than 300 people had been trapped for almost a month by the occupying Russian troops in the basement of a school and only allowed outside to go to the toilet or cook on open fires.
Ukraine’s prosecutor-general’s office said Tuesday it was also looking into events in the Brovary district, which lies to the northeast of the capital.
It said the bodies of six civilians were found with gunshot wounds in a basement in the village of Shevchenkove and Russian forces were believed to be responsible.
Prosecutors are also investigating allegations that Russian forces fired on a convoy of civilians trying to leave by car from the village of Peremoha in the Brovary district, killing four people including a 13-year-old boy.
In another attack near Bucha, five people were killed including two children when a car was fired upon, prosecutors said.
Forensic investigators began exhuming a mass grave in Bucha containing more than 410 bodies of civilians, according to Ukrainian officials. The UN Human Rights Council has decided to launch an investigation into the violations committed after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Parliament reported
Members of an international team of war crimes prosecutors and Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova (C) during a visit to a mass grave in Bucha, Kyiv (Kiev) area, Ukraine, 12 April 2022