Panic among Donbas militants as Russia arrests ex-fighter suspected of the horrific killing of a pro-Ukrainian teenager
A former Donbas militant leader Vadim Pogodin has been arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea because Ukraine wants to try him for believed direct involvement in the torture and killing of 16-year-old pro-Ukrainian and football-loving Stepan Chubenko
‘Lost’ Russia FSB border guards captured near Crimea accused of violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity
Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] has announced that it has initiated criminal proceedings against the two Russian FSB border guards whom Russia has claimed ‘got lost’ in the Kherson oblast on June 30. The news comes a day after reports that the men had been fined a nominal amount by a Kherson court and given a 15-day administrative detention sentence aroused bemusement and anger
Maimed partisan says Russia can’t leave Donbas - there are too many witnesses of war crimes for the Hague
Volodymyr Zhemchugov learned first-hand about Russia’s involvement in his native Luhansk oblast and knows how much Moscow has to hide. In a recent Glavcom interview, he said that Russia wouldn’t leave Donbas, as it would be leaving behind hundreds of thousands of witnesses who could provide crucial testimony to the international tribunal at the Hague .
War in Ukraine Was Years in the Making
Ukraine is the only country in the world that has ongoing experience with a hybrid war—a simultaneous and adaptive military strategy that blends conventional and non-conventional means. As a result, it offers valuable lessons that could help the West better understand emerging threats. In the last three years
War in Ukraine 2.0
Russia is targeting the most capable and dedicated parts of the Ukrainian military.
Russia gives contradictory stories as mother of Russian soldier captured in Ukraine pleas for his release
While official Russian and Kremlin-backed militant sources present conflicting stories about the Russian contract soldier captured in the Luhansk oblast, Viktor Ageyev’s mother has stubbornly repeated what Moscow has tried to dismiss as “fabrication by Ukrainian propagandists”.
Russian contract soldier captured while fighting in Donbas. Russia denies everything
Another Russian soldier whose active combat in Ukraine is denied by Moscow has been captured in the Luhansk oblast after a battle in which his fellow Russian soldier was killed
Czech man on trial for helping Russian-backed fighters "plan terrorist attack" in Donbas
The Czech Republic has become the latest EU country to put its own citizen on trial over alleged involvement on the side of Kremlin-backed militants in the fighting in Donbas. Russia, in contrast, has sentenced one Russian to 5 years’ imprisonment - for fighting (legally) for Ukraine
Russia, Not Ukraine, Is Serial Violator of Ceasefire Agreement
The context is this: Moscow is conducting the war in Ukraine’s east; without Russian leadership, troops, financing, and weapons, there would be no war
Russia uses money and threat of prosecution to hide Russian soldiers’ deaths in Ukraine
Nobody knows how many Russians have been killed in Donbas. Those who can tell NGOs about their sons’ deaths have gone silent, while journalists have doubtless been deterred by the real fear of being prosecuted for revealing State secrets
Russian sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment for defending Ukraine
Russia’s Investigative Committee and courts have developed their own, specific, definition of mercenary, and it is only very loosely connected with money. Artem Shirobokov is the first Russian to have been convicted of ‘taking part in an armed conflict as a mercenary’ and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.
How Not to Become a War Criminal: A Guide for Russian Soldiers
Few Russian citizens view the Kremlin’s invasion into Ukraine as unlawful. Not many Russian servicemen realize that when they are fighting there, they fight as unnamed, faceless soldiers who lack the protection of international pacts, including the Geneva Conventions.
Ukraine should use Russian social media for the International Criminal Court, not ban them
An important source of proof of Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine could be blocked if a plan reportedly underway is implemented. This is only one of the grounds of concern over plans to block two Russian-based social networks - VKontakte [VK] and Odnoklassniki [OK].
Donbas war criminals glorified in Russia on Victory Day
Victory Day in Russia was marked this year by state-controlled television appearing to treat Donetsk as a Russian city and photos at the Immortal Regiment march of a notorious Russian mercenary and Ukrainian militant whom Ukraine had wanted to see tried for war crimes in Donbas
Donbas militants ‘sentence’ 63-year-old Ukrainian religious scholar on insane charges
After holding well-known academic Ihor Kozlovskyy prisoner for well over a year, the Kremlin-backed militants of the so-called Donetsk people’s republic [DPR] have now ‘sentenced’ him to nearly 3 years’ imprisonment. The 63-year-old religious scholar was ‘convicted’ by a DPR military court of possession of two grenades which were purportedly ‘found’ in his flat
Navalny attacker led 2014 attempt to repeat Donbas seizure of power in Kharkiv
The man believed responsible for a chemical attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was almost certainly a leader of the aborted attempt in 2014 to seize control in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and form a so-called ‘Kharkiv people’s republic’, like the Kremlin-backed formations in Donbas.
Russia accuses Ukraine of ‘abducting’ arrested fighters, Britain tries one for terrorism
Russia’s Investigative Committee has initiated a criminal investigation into what it claims was Ukraine’s ‘abduction’ of Russian ‘volunteers’. Ukraine’s position in trying the men for involvement in terrorism is shared by the United Kingdom which is currently prosecuting a Briton on terrorism charges for his believed role in the fighting in Donbas.
UN Court at the Hague orders Russia to stop persecuting Crimean Tatar Mejlis
The International Court of Justice’s decision on April 19 on Ukraine’s suit against Russia may have rejected one request for provisional measures, but its intercession on behalf of Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians facing persecution in occupied Crimea and its recognition of jurisdiction made this an important victory for Ukraine
Tortured to Death for Defending Ukraine’s Flag and Ukrainian Unity
It is three years since Volodymyr Rybak was abducted by Kremlin-backed militants when he tried to remove the flag of the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ from the seized Horlivka city council building. His tortured and mutilated body was found 5 days later, together with that of 19-year-old student Yury Popravka.
Russian war crimes in Ukraine are of interest, Mr Tillerson
Exactly 3 years ago, former Russian military intelligence officer Igor Girkin, with heavily armed Russian and pro-Russian militants seized Sloviansk in the Donetsk oblast, beginning a Russian-funded, armed and manned war that has continued to this day