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Worldcrunch Magazine #43 — A Kherson Replay?

July 24 - July 30, 2023

Worldcrunch Magazine #43 — A Kherson Replay?

This is the latest edition of Worldcrunch Magazine, a selection of our best articles of the week from the best international journalists, produced exclusively in English for Worldcrunch readers.


This week's cover story, by Alfred Hackensberger for German newspaper Die Welt, looks at how the Ukrainian counteroffensive in Donetsk follows the "playbook" from the successful Kherson counteroffensive, months ago. Ukrainians are still looking for Russia's "weak points", which may take weeks or months, but will eventually help them with making this counteroffensive another successful one.

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Table of Contents

Donetsk: Ukraine's Counteroffensive Follows The Kherson Playbook | Die Welt By Alfred Hackensberger

The Russian National Guard: Putin’s Post-Wagner “Personal Army”? | Agents Media By Agents Media

Russian Mind-Control Tactics Prey On Ukrainians In Occupied Territories | Livy Bereg By Anatoly Bondarchuk

How Beijing’s Backing Of Myanmar Sharpens China-India Tensions | The Initium By Wen Wanying

“Undress, Squat, Cough” - Polish Police Crackdown On Abortions | Gazeta Wyborcza By Dominika Wantuch

The World Is Not Ready For 1.2 Billion Climate Refugees | Les Echos By Charlotte Meyer

River Sin Barreras, A Model Soccer Club For Disability Inclusion | Redacción By Guadalupe Rivero

The New Generation Of Brazilian Women Revitalizing Funk Music | Agencia Presented By Estela Aguiar & Ingrid Fernandes

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Fighting The Russian Army's Systematic Campaign Of Sexual Violence In Ukraine

Hundreds of sexual crimes have been officially reported in Ukraine following the full-scale invasion by the Russian army, though the actual number is likely 10 times higher. Ukrainian news website Livy Bereg explores how the nation is documenting the crimes and responding to support victims and bring perpetrators to justice.

Photo of a psychologist speaking with trauma victims sat on a bench in a park

Natalia Potseluieva (right), a trauma-focused psychologist, working with rape victims

Anna Steshenko

KYIV — Let's start with the official numbers. Since the full-scale Russian invasion began in February 2022, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office has recorded 231 instances of conflict-related sexual violence. The aggressors target all demographic groups: men, women, children, and the elderly.

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Behind the official statistics are disturbing details, with 149 cases involving women and 82 cases involving men. Thirteen of the victims were minors, with 12 being girls and one a boy who also bore witness to his mother being raped. The youngest victim is 4 years old, while the oldest survivor is an 82-year-old female pensioner.

And these are only the officially documented cases. The actual number is likely to be 10 times higher.

Survivors often hesitate to speak out due to fear, trauma, and the social stigma attached to such incidents. This is changing, however, as more survivors of sexual abuse are coming forward to share their stories and receive the comprehensive legal, humanitarian, psychological, and medical support they need.

Mass sexual assault occurs wherever the Russian occupiers set foot. Most cases of sexual crimes have been documented in the de-occupied territories of the Kherson region. Following that are the Donetsk (55), Kyiv (52), Kharkiv (21), Zaporizhzhia (15), Chernihiv (5), Luhansk (3), and Sumy (2) regions.

“Ukraine needs to liberate its occupied territories to be able to work with all the victims,” says Iryna Didenko, who heads the Department of the Office of the Prosecutor General investigating such crimes.

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