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Ukraine’s First Lady is visiting the UK to attend a meeting on preventing sexual violence

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Ms Murty greeted Ms Zelenska outside No 10 on Monday, who briefly waved and smiled at reporters.

At the previous conference, Ukraine’s first lady spoke about sexual violence being “systematic and open” as the war in Ukraine drags on.

“Sexual violence is the most cruel, bestial way of showing domination over someone. And for victims of this kind of violence, it’s difficult to testify in times of war because nobody feels safe,” she said.

“It’s another instrument they use as a weapon. This is another weapon in their arsenal in this war and conflict.

“That’s why they use it systematically and openly. They are very open about it, so it is extremely important to recognize this as a war crime and hold all perpetrators accountable.

“We see that the Russian soldiers are very open about this: they talk about it on the phone with their relatives, from phone conversations that we were able to record. In fact, the wives of Russian soldiers encourage it, they say, “Go on, rape those Ukrainian women, don’t tell me, don’t tell me.”

“Therefore, there has to be a global answer to this.”

Mr Sunak visited the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv earlier this month, where he offered continued British support to Ukraine in its fight against Russia when he met Mr Zelenskyy for the first time since taking office as prime minister.

Downing Street said the Prime Minister came briefly into the meeting between his wife and Ms Zelenska on Monday.

Ukraine’s first lady is expected to address MPs and colleagues on Tuesday as part of her visit.

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