Russian soldier, 18, who gang-raped woman said: I like to kill, it excites me

The horrifying behaviour of Russian soldiers in Bucha has been laid bare after a brave testimony from a woman who says troops bragged about brutally killing her neighbour and admitted to enjoying taking lives.

Maurine Mercier, a journalist at Radio Télévision Suisse, met Ekatarina (not her real name) 38, and her 13-year-old daughter, who was the target of Russian soldiers before the brave mother pleaded with them not to rape her.

Ekatarina was gang-raped before an 18-year-old soldier took her to the bloodied body of her slain neighbour to brag about killing her.

Even more chillingly, Ekaterina said the young soldier admitted to enjoying killing.

She said: "They [Russian soldiers] are not normal. One day, they took me into the small courtyard of my neighbour, and a soldier said, 'Look, that's what I did this morning, this is the woman I killed.'

"The woman had blood flowing from her mouth.

"'I waited until she was in pain before I finished her off,' the soldier added. Do you like to do it? And he said to me: 'yes, I like killing, it excites me.'

"He was 18."

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A senior US official said Vladimir Putin's troops undertook a “deliberate campaign” of rape, murder, terror and torture in Bucha.

There have been several incidents reported of horrifying war crimes, including that of an 11-year-old boy who was allegedly raped whilst his mum was forced to watch, tied to a chair.

Ekaterina said that Russian soldiers eyed up her child for a similar fate.

She bravely recounted: "They asked me to kneel down, then they said, 'Your daughter is very beautiful.' I begged them not to touch her. I told them: do whatever you want with me, but don't touch her.

"There were several of them. I believe that only my eyes and my ears weren't raped.

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"All of a sudden, their eyes would turn and they would go crazy, all of a sudden. They were totally unpredictable."

The mother said she believed the soldiers she encountered were "people escaped from the psychiatric hospital."

"I really had the feeling that we didn't have soldiers in front of us, but people escaped from the psychiatric hospital, that they had been given weapons and sent to war," she recounted.

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