It turns out that the whole thing is fake. And the guy who spread this lie, a top Ukrainian "human rights" representative, has now been fired for it.
Lyudmyla Denisova made up a tale about 25 teenage girls who were supposedly gang-raped by Russian troops, resulting in nine of them becoming pregnant. The fake incident was said to have occurred in a basement in Bucha. Elderly women also claimed that they, too, were raped, along with young boys.
TIME and other left-wing propaganda outlets ran with these and other stories, which became increasingly more sensational and over-the-top until they were finally nipped in the bud. As usual, the Western media had no proof other than hearsay, which seems to be the new standard of "journalism" in this country.
It turns out that Denisova was a central figure feeding the Western media outlandish rape stories that she apparently just made up on the fly. And now the chickens have come home to roost for Denisova as she gets exposed for spreading lies about alleged war crimes that never happened.
Denisova's goal was to paint Russians as "animals" who violently rape and harm anything they see. There were even false claims that Russian soldiers were eating stray dogs, which was another attempt at dehumanizing them and galvanizing Western support for Ukraine in this conflict.
According to the geopolitical analysis blog Moon of Alabama, various nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Ukraine were all on the hunt for new "Western" money to funnel into their "rape consultation and recovery" projects. When they searched for real-life rape cases to make their case, however, they could not find any.
These NGOs apparently then resorted to making up rape claims, which Denisova then spread to the Western media. Eventually, some caught on and wrote to Denisova requesting improved communication with only those cases bearing sufficient evidence.
"Sexual crimes during the war are family tragedies, a difficult traumatic topic, not a topic for publications in the spirit of the 'scandalous chronicle,'" reads a May 25 appeal to Denisova calling on her to avoid sensationalism, excessive details, and other questionable content.
"We need to keep in mind the goal: to draw attention to the facts of crimes."
The "rape as a tool" of war by the Russians narrative continued for some time, despite this petition. Only now is it beginning to visibly crumble, once again exposing the Western media and their sources in Ukraine as a pack of liars pushing a fraudulent agenda.
"Ukrainian lawmakers dismissed the country's ombudsman for human rights, Lyudmyla Denisova, in a no-confidence vote on Tuesday, concluding that she had failed to fulfill obligations including the facilitation of humanitarian corridors and countering the deportation of Ukrainians from occupied territory," reads a report from The Wall Street Journal.
"Lawmaker Pavlo Frolov said Ms. Denisova was also accused of making insensitive and unverifiable statements about alleged Russian sex crimes and spending too much time in Western Europe during the invasion."
Frolov added in a Facebook post that Denisova's focus was "unclear" as it pertained to reporting the details of alleged "sexual crimes committed in an unnatural way" and the alleged "rape of children" by Russian soldiers. None of this, it turns out, could be "confirmed by evidence."
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