A young Russian solider who is accused of subjecting a young girl to gang rape while her family were locked in a basement has been identified by Ukrainian authorities.
Youthful-looking soldier Fassakhov Bulat Lenarovich, 21, from the Republic of Tatarstan in Central Russia, stands accused of being part of gang of invaders who committed war crimes in the region around Kyiv.
In sickening details published by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Lenarovich is alleged to have broken into the home of a family near Kyiv.
He rounded up the family by threatening to shoot them and herded them into the basement where he locked them in, apart from a young girl.
Lenarovich raped the young girl and was then joined in the atrocity by three more Russian soldiers.
Fassakhov Bulat Lenarovich, born on November 20, 2001 and just 21 years old, is accused of war crimes in Ukraine
Lenarovich poses with two other youths around his own age, thought to be friends. He is accused of gang raping a young girl with three accomplices
Pictures published by the SBU show a series and unsmiling young man who shows no emotion during supposedly happy moments
Investigations carried out by the Security Service of Ukraine identified the young man as serving in the 30th separate motor-shooting brigade of the 2nd Guard General Military Army of the Central Military District of the Russian Federation.
They say that witnesses confirmed him as the perpetrator of a number of war crimes against civilians while his battalion occupied towns and villages surrounding Kyiv.
Photos of Lenarovich provided by the SBU show a serious and unsmiling young man posing in full regalia with a woman holding his arm, presumed to be his mother.
Other photos show him with two individuals his own age, presumed to be friends. In both photos he shows no emotion.
The whereabouts of Lenarovich at present are unknown, but it is likely he has been reposition to fighting in the Donbas, where intense battles rage.
Investigations by the SBU claim to have identified 1,140 Russian soldiers so far who have committed unspeakable atrocities against Ukrainian civilians.
Ukrainian authorities are conducting at least ten active rape investigations involving Russian forces during their occupations of towns and villages in Ukraine, with many more in the pipeline, including alleged rapes of children and men.
With much of the country in the south and east still under Russian occupation, it is thought that the true enormity of the collective war crimes being committed by Russian forces is yet to be understood.
Many victims are thought to be reluctant to report the crimes they suffered due to the trauma and associated shame.
Deputy interior minister Kateryna Pavlichenko told Sky News her ministry has set up special police teams to raise awareness in local communities about how to report war crimes involving sexual violence by Russian soldiers – as well as advice on accessing comprehensive support.
Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin, 21, suspected of violations of the laws and norms of war, arrives for a court hearing, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine May 13, 2022
The trial of 21-year-old Sergeant Vadim Shyshimarin (pictured on Friday) marks the first time a member of the Russian military has been prosecuted for a war crime during the conflict
‘Unequivocally, I want to say that this is a type of weapon in conditions of war,’ Ms Pavlichenko said.
‘We will take the maximum measures to ensure that these crimes are recorded and transferred to international institutions and considered by an international tribunal.’
Meanwhile, Russian soldier Sergeant Vadim Shyshimarin became the first to go on trial for war crimes in Kyiv last week after he allegedly executed an unarmed 62-year-old man by shooting him in the head.
The trial of 21-year-old marks the first time a member of the Russian military has been prosecuted for a war crime during the 11-week conflict.
Shyshimarin, a captured member of a tank unit, allegedly shot the man through an open car window in the northeastern village of Chupakhivka in the first week of war.