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Women in Donbas physically abused

The situation of women in the conflict zone of the Donbas is as bad as in other regions, where the so-called frozen conflicts are ongoing. This was stated by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite at a conference of the OSCE and the UN in Vilnius.

Dalia Grybauskaite

According to her, in the occupied territories of Ukraine, violence against women has reached "a terrible level," Joinfo.ua reports referring to Polskie Radio. "Women are subjected to physical violence. The situation resembles that which occurs in other areas of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus: in Georgia, Moldova, Nagorno-Karabakh," she said.

Grybauskaite reminded that as a result of the conflict, more than a million Ukrainians were forced to flee their homes. Among them – two thirds – are women who "run together with children and older family members, taking care of them." "These women are on the front lines, hold their families together, and often, thanks to them, life goes on even in the most difficult conditions," said the president of Lithuania.

At the same time, the Minister of Defence of Lithuania Juozas Olekas noted that the European Union consider Russia as an aggressor. The Minister stressed that for more than a year, the Ukrainians had fought not only for their own freedom and independence, but also for the safety of whole Europe. According to him, there are Russian military units in the east of Ukraine, though Moscow denies it.