A 52-year-old Ukrainian woman who left Dnipropetrovsk region at the beginning of the war was detained in Poland. The woman is accused of being cruel to her children: torturing them, selling them to pedophiles and forcing them to have sex with her. Even a year after the bullying, the children say they are afraid of Sveta’s “ghost” coming to kill them.
Polish edition Wyborcza reported shocking details which not for the faint of heart.
For the first time, children in Poland trusted the family that took care of them
52-year-old Svitlana comes from the city Sinelnikovo, Dnipropetrovsk region. She has no children of her own, so she became a foster mother for others. In March 2022, a woman with a child fled the war to Poland. There she was taken in by a local family – Anna and Jacek (names changed).
A Polish citizen, who took care of a family from Ukraine, helped the children and their adoptive mother with food, clothes and household appliances. Over time, she began to notice that children are afraid of their adoptive mother so much so that they don’t even speak in her presence.
Later, when the adoptive mother was not at home, the children began to tell the Polish citizen that Svitlana was beating them. Because of this, Anna called Svetlana’s husband, to which he stated that “his Svyatka with character“.
At the beginning of April, Svetlana’s eldest daughter told Anna that she was afraid for the lives of the younger children, because their adoptive mother was beating them severely.
Then Anna consulted with the staff of the family support center and decided to protect the children. On Friday, April 8, 2022, she arranges a viewing of the film at her home. Children are asked to stay the night. Svetlana does not want to let them go, but gives in. The next day, she wanted to take the children, but Anna does not allow it and tells the Ukrainian woman that she knows all about the brutal beatings.
Then the Polish citizen turns to the police, and in April local law enforcement officers begin an investigation.
Svetlana pulled out the girls’ hair, and beat the boys on the genitals
Polish law enforcement officers are shocked by the behavior of a refugee from Ukraine. According to the indictment, the suspect humiliated and intimidated the children, beat her with her fist and hand on the back, hands, legs and face. She wore a ring with a large stone on her finger, which made the blows even more painful.
Svetlana forced the children to stand in a corner, sometimes for the whole night, and limited access to food, drink and the toilet. She pulled out the hair of a six-year-old child, who moved in with her before the war, and stuffed a diaper contaminated with urine and feces into her mouth. She was beaten with a pestle on the head and hands, and with a belt and a branch on the buttocks.
During the beating – to muffle the screams – she covered the child’s mouth or put a pillow to the face, and then sat on it.
She hung a 13-year-old boy by his leg on a metal rung of a ladder and pulled his penis, causing pain. A 14-year-old boy was beaten on the penis.
A nine-year-old child was strangled with his hands – he grabbed his neck and lifted him up. They hit their heads on the table or threw them off the bunk bed, pulling their arms and legs. She tied it to the piano with a leash. Beat with a frying pan. She knocked out her teeth. Forced her to eat animal feces.
“In Ukraine, they had a big dog. She served its feces on a plate and forced him to eat. When the boy didn’t want to, she pushed his head into the plate. He ran to the barn and slept with the animals. She pushed another child’s head into the toilet. Several years old the children walked in diapers, drank from bottles, the new teachers had to wrap them in a blanket and carry them in their arms,” sources in the Polish law enforcement agencies say.
The children’s bodies had scars from brutal beatings
At the police station, a forensic medical expert examined each child in turn. Investigators wrote: “Visual examination revealed healed scars, hair loss, petechiae, and skin bruising.”
The medical worker also stated “extreme protein and energy deficiency”. A five-year-old child weighs less than 12 kg.
One of the boys had black stumps instead of teeth and had never been to the dentist. A 15-year-old girl complained of eye problems, she had never been to an ophthalmologist.
“You have no idea what I did to them”
Even before the arrest, during the last meeting, Sveta looked into Anna’s eyes and said without emotion: “You can’t imagine what I did to those children.”
Later, the girls, who are several years old, talk about the visits of strange men, with which they had to “lick their feet”. Older children add that Sveta gave them pills, after which they fell asleep. They woke up from pain in intimate places, without panties or wearing dresses that did not belong to them.
Anna informed the police and recorded her conversations with the children. Then the matter becomes more serious – the District Prosecutor’s Office in Poznań took up the investigation. In May, the court invites children to the so-called friendly room for interrogations. The camera captures their testimony.
According to the charges, the woman forced the children to take yellow and white pills, after which they could not move. She also gave them “milk that contained unspecified substances and mushrooms.” The children felt dizzy, they fell asleep and could not open their eyes.
“We heard everything, but our hands and feet did not work,” they said.
Svitlana sold children to pedophiles, both in Ukraine and in Poland
Further conclusions will shock even the most experienced investigators. The prosecutor’s office claims that Svitlana P., “acting jointly and with prior collusion with unidentified men, making it a regular source of income,” gave them children in order to “deceive them into sexual intercourse.” Both in Ukraine and in Poland.
The prosecution writes about oral and vaginal intercourse, inserting gloved hands into the vagina of a teenage girl and forcing her to “lick men’s buttocks after they go to the toilet.”
Informants familiar with the children’s stories add: “She would invite one gentleman or men into the room, hand over the child, and she would stand in the doorway and check the time with the phone in her hand.”
one girl who had been raped since the first grade of primary school, said that men held her by the hair and raped her while her mother watched, has it been 20 minutes? Sometimes she smiled.
The woman raped the children
According to Polish investigators, Svitlana also corrupted them herself: “forced her to lick her vagina, inserted her finger, chalk and felt-tip pens into the vagina of several-year-old girls, and hit teenage boys on the genitals while bathing.”
In general eight children became victims of sexual violence by Svitlana P. and unknown men. They claim the violence went on for years.
What does the suspect say?
A psychologist who worked with the children admitted that their testimonies were true. Svetlana denies everything. Since the children said that they were sold to pedophiles in Poland as well, the police are looking for these men.
Neighbors of a large family confirmed that they saw strangers in Svitlana’s apartment who introduced themselves as “roller shutter installers”, but they were without special clothing and tools.
The children are afraid of the “ghost of Sveta” who will kill them
Children wake up at night from nightmares: they are afraid that the “ghost of Sveta” will come to them and kill them. On the streets, they are wary of women of her stature. They go to Polish schools, but have problems building relationships. They do not trust strangers.
A nine-year-old boy has the biggest problems. When the teacher tried to hug him at school, he flew into a rage, throwing chairs and flower pots. He bit the teacher and elbowed him in the face. He spent more than two months in a psychiatric hospital. Doctors diagnosed him “post-traumatic stress disorder”.
When the police brought him in a police car, they found out that he had never been to McDonald’s. So they drove up and bought him a sandwich. Today the boy speaks only Polish. He asks not to speak Ukrainian or Russian with him.
Children live in Anna’s family
A psychologist appointed by the prosecutor’s office believes that they can recover from the trauma, but they need a normal home and intensive and long-term therapy.
Most of the children still live in the family of Anna and Jacek. The couple does not communicate with journalists in order not to traumatize the children.
Psychologists work with children. The couple also provides them with additional lessons in Polish, English and mathematics, music and sports. The children are eating well, have gained weight and are growing.
The children say that when an inspection came to their grief-guardian in Ukraine, she “put a bottle of cognac on the table and everyone left.”
Svitlana asks the Embassy of Ukraine for help
The prosecutor’s office already has the opinion of psychiatrists and psychologists. He confirms that Svitlana P. was reprehensible and can stand trial.
“I don’t remember such a case. The children’s testimonies are accurate and confirm the content of the accusations. The scale of this crime is difficult to describe, but it is necessary to act professionally: put aside negative emotions, rely on the evidence,” says Lukash Vavzyniak, the spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.
The prosecutor’s office also appealed to Ukraine for legal assistance, and the court in Poznań extended the arrest of the woman until the end of the year. They want to punish the woman most severely.
Sveta wrote a letter to the embassy from the place of imprisonment. She asks to help her return to Ukraine.