Ukrainian security services intercepted a phone call between a Russian soldier and his wife in which she can be heard granting him permission to rape Ukrainian women, according to an investigation by RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty (RFE/RL).
RFE/RL reported that the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), claimed they intercepted the call between the couple in Ukraine's twenties.
A portion of the call was released by the SSU, and analyzed by RFE/RL. It shows a woman giving her husband permission to commit a war criminal.
You can hear her saying, "You go there, you rape Ukrainian women and don't say anything to me." Understood?"
Later in the conversation, you can hear her laughing as a Russian soldier asks her permission to rape women.
The woman responds, "Yes, I accept it," according to the audio excerpt. Use contraception! The mother of one says it all.
RFE/RL linked social media accounts with the SSU's telephone numbers to identify the participants of the call. RFE/RL stated that although the soldier denied being on the call, RFE/RL confirmed that both his and his spouse's voices were identical to those in the audio recordings.
RFE/RL reported that the soldier was not accused of rape and that no charges were filed against the couple.
RFE/RL reporters contacted the wife to learn that her husband had been injured and was being treated in Sevastopol in Crimea. This port is home to Russia's Black Sea Fleet. RFE/RL reported that she refused to answer any additional questions.
According to the media outlet, the couple may have joked during the call. However, it is amid a flood of claims by Ukrainian women that they were raped.
According to BBC News, approximately 25 women and girls aged 14-24 were systematically raped in Bucha's basement during occupation, according to the Ukrainian Ombudswoman for Human Rights.
According to Human Rights Watch, a 31-year old woman from Malaya Rohan in Kharkiv claimed that she was repeatedly raped by a soldier entering the school where her family was staying.
A 33-year-old woman told The Times she was raped by Russian soldiers after her husband died.
Kira Rudyk (a Ukrainian MP) told CBS News that rape "happening in systematically" in areas occupied by Russians.