“Shut up, or I’ll show your child his mother’s brains spread around the house!” This was the threat Russian soldiers said to Natalya, not her real name, before they took turns raping her as her 4-year-old son was crying in the next room.

Natalya, 33 years old, and her husband, Andrey, 35, lived near Shevchenkove village in the Brovary district, just outside Kyiv. There, the couple built their first home close to a pine forest.

We were planning a child, and we were dreaming about our first home,” said Natalya, as she shared her story with The Times of London.We wanted to live closer to nature. That’s why we didn’t live in the city. My husband put his heart and soul into building the house, and everything was made of natural wood and stone. We even used to go into the forest to pick litter that other people had left behind.

Unfortunately for the couple, Brovary became one of the early hotspots of the conflict as Russian forces tried to take hold of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. After the Russians entered their village on March 8, Natalya recalls putting up a white sheet in front of their house to signify that they were civilians and posed no threat to the Russian forces.

Despite this, Russian soldiers came into their house the next day. They shot their dog and wrecked their car. The commander of the squad, who introduced himself as Mikhail Romanov, seemed to have taken an interest in Natalya, saying if only they were not at war, they would definitely have a “romance.”

After dark, the couple heard a commotion outside their house. Andrey decided to go out and see what was happening.

A Ukrainian woman and her child in what seems to be a bomb shelter (Emine Dzheppar (@EmineDzheppar) Twitter Account)

I heard a single shot, the sounds of the gate opening, and then the sound of footsteps in the house,” Natalya said, identifying Romanov and another man wearing a black uniform, likely in his twenties.

I cried out, ‘Where is my husband?’ then I looked outside, and I saw him on the ground by the gate. This younger guy pulled a gun to my head and said: ‘I shot your husband because he’s a Nazi.‘”