Teen raped and set alight in Ukraine speaks from hospital bed in a harrowing video
Girl, 18, incredibly survived ordeal after being left for deadWhen questioned as to what punishment her attackers should receive the teen replies their testicles should be cut off and fed to dogsShe suffered 50% burns and needed arm and feet amputatedNaked protesters lead mass outcry at sloppy police investigation
A video of a Ukrainian teen talking about how she was gang-raped, strangled, dumped in a ditch and set on fire by three men has been posted online, after her mother filmed her from a hospital bed.
In the 1:19 minute clip, Oksana Makar, 18, looks distraught as her mother, Tetyana Surovitska, urges her to describe her horrific ordeal by saying “a couple of words to Ukraine”.
Miss Makar starts to describe the attack, but then breaks off looking visibly upset and says she can’t.
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Harrowing: In the video, Oksana Makar, 18, looks in pain as her mother, Tetyana Surovitska, urges her to describe her horrific ordeal by saying “a couple of words to Ukraine”
Painful: The fire stripped off 55 per cent of her skin and surgeons had to amputate one of her arms and both her feet as they battled to keep her alive – her bandaged shoulder can be seen on her right side
Before and after: Before the attack the teen was a pretty blonde 18-year-old, but now she is battling to recover from the horrific attack
The fire stripped off 55 per cent of her skin and surgeons had to amputate one of her arms and both her feet as they battled to keep her alive – her bandaged shoulder can be seen on her right side.
When questioned as to what punishment her attackers should receive after the March 9 attack, the teen replies their testicles should be cut off and fed to dogs.
Two of the suspects were Maxim Prisyjnikov, 23, the son of the regional administrator, and Artyon Pogosyan, 21, the son of the regional prosecutor, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.
When her mother asks her how she will survive, the blonde-headed young woman says: “How I will live, I will live. That’s all.”
Her mother has been criticised for posting the video online with many users suggesting it was insensitive to her daughter asking her to recount her harrowing experience publicly when “she is clearly distraught and in pain.” Miss Makar starts to describe the attack, but then breaks off looking visibly upset and says she can’t.
Ms Surovitska has already been accused of spending fundraising money for her daughter”s care on herself, as well as charging reporters for interviews.
“Look at me. Do I look like a rich woman” she said in an interview with a Ukrainian website, Gazeta.ua.
Bare necessities: Women”s rights group Femen protest naked outside the state prosecutor”s office in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev to demand tough punishment for three men accused of raping and set alight an 18-year-old woman
The shocking case sparked mass protests across Ukraine and naked campaigners led protests over the sloppy nature of the police investigation and the perceived leniency with which the suspects have been treated.
SomeMembers of Parliament have called for Ukraine to bring in the death penalty for the accused, with one even suggesting the alleged rapists becastrated.
The 18-year-old claims she was invited by Prisyjnikov and Pogosyan to their friend Yevgeniy Krasnoshek”s apartment, where she was allegedly raped.
They tried to strangle her to death before wrapping her in a sheet, dumping her in a pit at a construction site and setting her alight, it was alleged in the Kyiv Post.
Miss Makar was found barely alive the following day by a man who heard her moaning. After undergoing surgery, she was finally able to recount her ordeal to police.
She regained consciousness on Friday, but doctors induced a coma and moved her from a hospital in Mykolayiv to a burn treatment center in Donetsk.
Inan interview with Gazeta.ua, she said: “I thought I would not survive. Icould not feel my body. At first, I was screaming for help.
“But there was nobody there, I began to pray. I thought I had died. I remember it all as if in a fog.”
Thethree suspects were arrested, but two of them were released later that day due to lack of evidence, according to the Mykolayiv prosecutor’s office.
Outcry: Campaigners were also angry at the perceived leniency handed down to the arrested men, two of whom were initially released over “lack of evidence”
Prosecutors say they did not question Miss Makar because she was not conscious despite her mother insisting she was able to speak.
But anger erupted across the country when a chief police officer confirmed two of the suspects were sons of former government officials, one of whom apparently appeared in a YouTube video calmly describing the attack.
Women”s rights group Femen staged a topless protest in front of the general prosecutors office in the capital, Kyiv, chanting “Death to the sadists!” and “Execute the b****s!”
The demonstrations led Ukrainian President Yanukovych to order the general prosecutor to oversee the case and on March 13 the two men were re-arrested and all three suspects were charged with attempted murder.