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Ukrainian Protesters Demand Justice For Rape Victim

  • RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service

About 1,000 residents of the Ukrainian village of Vradiyivka have stormed the local police department, demanding justice for a rape victim.

A 29-year-old woman was found after being sexually assaulted and beaten in the village in the southern oblast of Mykolayiv.

Three suspects, including policemen, were later apprehended.

The protests erupted late on July 1 after one of the suspects, a police officer, was released from pretrial detention.

Protesters smashed the police department's windows and threw Molotov cocktails.

Last year, violent protests hit the region when a teenage girl died after being raped, strangled, and set on fire in Mykolayiv.

The case shocked many Ukrainians and sparked protests after it was revealed that police initially released two of the suspects, whose parents were former regional government officials.

With reporting by UNIAN and Reuters
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