"A reporter of the Russian propagandist media NTV was raped, and her colleague was beaten in Ukraine by fighters of the "South" battalion, bearing the unofficial name "Kadyrovtsi", this was reported by the Ukrainian media UNIAN.

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"The incident took place on January 17 in the southeastern city of Melitopol, occupied by Moscow forces, added the news agency in Kyiv, citing a document sent by NTV management to Russia's Investigative Committee.

"On January 17, 2023, in a restaurant in the city of Melitopol, journalist Olga Zenkova and cameraman Artyom Epifanov were approached by several people dressed in camouflage. They introduced themselves as fighters from the "South" battalion, the propaganda television said in the complaint. UNIAN also pointed out.

"As a result of the incident, Epifanov received moderate injuries, and Zenkova - subjected to violent acts of a sexual nature," said NTV, quoted by the Kyiv-based media.

"Not a single institution took action after the report. Moscow ordered not to publicize the incident," added UNIAN.

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Battalion "South" was established in 2006. It is part of a paramilitary structure in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.

"South" bears the name of Ramzan Kadyrov's father, Akhmat Kadyrov, who was killed in 2004 in a bomb attack carried out by Chechen separatists in Grozny, and is unofficially called "Kadyrovtsi".

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