Distressing reports of rape and killings are emerging in Kherson region, after the withdrawal of Russian troops; they make your ‘blood run cold’, said Kryviy Rig military administration head Oleksandr Vilkul in a video address on Friday.

He said that at least two women, a 16-year-old and 78-year-old, were raped in a village in Kherson region after it fell into the hands of Russian forces.

In another attack on civilians on April 7, Russian Grad missile rockets targeted an evacuation boat enroute to Kherson.

‘At about 10 a.m., on the banks of the Kakhovka Reservoir, Russian shells hit a boat departing Pervomayevka to evacuate people from the temporarily occupied territory of the Kherson region.’

The shelling killed three people, including a 14-year-old child while seven more boat passengers were taken to the hospital; another two are feared to be missing.

‘It is a war crime. It is a matter [for] the court in the Hague’, said Vilkul, adding that Russian troops had known the boat was carrying civilians.