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Rape victim whose case shocked Ukraine dies from injuries

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 29 March 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Rape victim whose case shocked Ukraine dies from injuries, 29 March 2012, available at: [accessed 29 May 2016]
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March 29, 2012

Ukrainian health authorities say an 18-year-old woman whose rape and attempted murder shocked the country has died.

Prosecutors say Oksana Makar was raped by three young men on March 9 in the southern city of Mykolaiv.

The assailants then tried to strangle her and set her on fire.

She survived but was hospitalized with severe burns and damage to her lungs.

Health officials in the eastern city of Donetsk, where she was treated, said she died on March 29 after battling for her life for nearly three weeks.

The crime shocked Ukrainians and sparked nationwide protests against corruption after police initially released two of the suspects whose parents were former regional government officials.

All three suspects were eventually arrested and charged with rape and one with attempted murder.

Based on reporting by AP and UNIAN

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