Ukraine police chief under fire after brutal rape

Associated Press
In this frame grab made from TV footage distributed by TV Ukraine channel on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, police fire tear gas, top left, at angry residents storming the local police headquarters Monday night in the town of Vradiyevka, some 330 km (200 miles) south of Kiev, Ukraine. Angry residents in Vradiyevka on Tuesday rallied outside the local police unit, booing their governor, and the Interior Minister faced a dressing-down in parliament, after the authorities failed to detain one of two police officers implicated in the brutal gang-rape of a young woman. The violent crime and the impunity of law enforcement officials infuriated residents of the town of Vradiyevka who stormed the police headquarters Monday night, calling for justice. (AP Photo/ TV Ukraine via APTN) TV OUT
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's opposition parties are demanding the resignation of the country's police chief after two police officers were detained on charges of brutally raping a young woman.

A 29-year-old single mother was gang-raped in a small town in southern Ukraine last week. A police officer and an accomplice were arrested shortly afterwards. The victim named a second officer as the ringleader, but he was taken into custody only a week later after hundreds stormed the local police station.

Opposition lawmaker Roman Zabzalyuk told a parliament session Wednesday that Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko, a staunch ally of President Viktor Yanukovych, must resign.

The case has caused widespread anger among Ukrainians, who say that the impunity of government officials has increased markedly since Yanukovych came to power three years ago.

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