Irina, tied to a lamppost and draped in a Ukrainian flag, and a sign that reads (in Russian) "Ukrainian agent and baby-killer" being kicked by a woman
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They called me 'a Ukrainian agent and a child killer'

Irina Dovgan, from eastern Ukraine, helped the Ukrainian army when they were fighting for Sloviansk, but it temporarily fell under the control pro-Russian rebels.

For her support of the army, rebels beat her with rifle butts and tied her to a lamppost in the street.

She was draped in a Ukrainian flag and a sign reading "Ukrainian agent and baby-killer", passers-by would beat her and take photos of it.

Now Sloviansk is back in the hands of the army and Irina is running for parliament.

Steve Rosenberg spoke to her in eastern Ukraine.

  • 21 Oct 2014
  • From the section Europe