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Mykolaiv 18-year-old victim of grisly rape dies in Ukraine (Updated)

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March 29, 2012, 5:42 p.m. |

This undated photo taken on a mobile phone and made available by the mother of Oksana Makar, Tetyana Surovitska, shows her daughter Oksana Makar in Nikolaev, Ukraine. The young woman died on March 29, two weeks after her grisly rape set off protests across the country against corruption and favoritism toward the wealthy.
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An 18-year-old Ukranian woman died on March 29, three weeks after her grisly rape set off protests across the country against corruption and favoritism toward the wealthy. Prosecutors said Oksana Makar was raped by three young men on March 9 in the southern city of Mykolaiv. The men then tried to cover up their crime by strangling her, dumping her naked body at an abandoned construction site and setting her on fire.

Makar miraculously survived and battled for her life for more than two weeks. She suffered burns over more than half of her body and severe damage to her lungs, and her right arm was amputated to stop the gangrene.

Health officials in the eastern city of Donetsk, where she was being treated, said she died on March 29 after succumbing to her injuries.

Makar's mother, Tatyana Surovitska, was in shock and declined to speak to The Associated Press.

The crime outraged Ukrainians with its cruelty. It also galvanized a society frustrated with official corruption after police released two of the suspects who had powerful connections in the region. Their release led to nationwide protests, which prompted the authorities to re-arrest the two suspects.

Interior Ministry Volodymyr Polishchuk said on March 29 that after Makar's death all three suspects were charged with murder in addition to rape.
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