Russian proxy Donbas ‘republic’ threatens to hold hostages until Ukraine agrees to fake elections
The self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ has made progress on the release of Ukrainian hostages and prisoners of war contingent on Kyiv changing the government’s resolution on local elections from 15 July
Ukrainian hostage slashes his wrists in protest at Donbas militant torture
Hryhory Sinchenko is in a prison hospital in occupied Donetsk after slashing his wrists, in protest at torture aimed at getting him to give up his lawyer and to sign whatever his Russian-controlled militants demand of him.
Tortured and jailed or killed for the Ukrainian Flag and for supporting Ukraine in occupied Donbas
There are many ways of marking Ukraine’s Independence Day on 24 August, and the Ukrainian Flag the day before. Except when you’re in the Russian proxy Donbas ‘republics’ where even posting a picture with the Ukrainian Flag can get you seized by the so-called ‘security service’, tortured and imprisoned for years.
Belarus initiates ‘mass riot’ criminal charges against detained Ukrainian rights activists
A Belarusian human rights activist has informed Radio Svoboda that the two Ukrainian rights activists brutally detained on 12 August are to face criminal charges over supposed ‘mass riots’.
Vulnerable Luhansk man sentenced to 12 years after cruel Donbas militant and Russian propaganda stunt
50-year-old Vadim Dreyev from Luhansk disappeared on 26 April 2019. Nothing was heard of him for four months, until the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ produced a video in which the Ukrainian supposedly demonstrates his part in the blowing up of four monuments in the Russian proxy ‘republic’
Russia uses torture by Donbas militants to fabricate a new Ukrainian ‘spying trial’
Eight months after human rights NGOs declared Oleksandr Marchenko a political prisoner, Russia is dragging out his secret ‘trial’, while also refusing to allow the Ukrainian General Consul in Rostov to visit him
Russia secretly imprisons Ukrainian footballer for 9 months, then charges him with ‘spying’ for Ukraine
News only emerged of the arrest of 53-year-old former footballer Vasyl Vasylenko on 6 July 2020, nine months after he was arrested in Moscow
Ukrainian partisan seized for the third time by Russian-controlled Donbas militants
Much remains unclear about how 29-year-old Hryhory Sinchenko managed to escape from his militant captors in May this year. What, unfortunately, cannot be doubted is that the young Ukrainian’s life in the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] is in danger, and publicity is urgently needed.
Donetsk militants seize passionately pro-Ukrainian young man with a serious heart condition
20-year-old Bohdan Maksymenko has been imprisoned by militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] for two and a half months, almost certainly for his pro-Ukrainian views that he expressed openly on social media
Tortured and sentenced to 14 years in Russian-controlled Donbas ‘republic’ for pro-Ukraine Twitter posts
31-year-old Pavlo Podvezko was accused by the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ of communicating on Twitter with a blogger who provides important information about Russian military and militant losses, military technology, etc
Miners protesting over pay arrears arrested and tortured in Russian-controlled Luhansk ‘republic’
At least 14 people are reported to have been seized by Russian-controlled ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ militants over a strike by miners demanding pay arrears
Russia arrests 20-year-old and five others with pro-Ukrainian views in occupied Crimea
There are grounds for fearing this to be the latest FSB offensive against Crimeans whose ‘extremism’ probably consists of agreeing with all democratic countries that Crimea is Ukrainian territory.
Ukrainian living in Spain taken prisoner by Donbas militants for removing a Russian flag
Yevhenia Yepes-Vinuesa, a Ukrainian living in Spain, has been taken prisoner in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR], probably in response to her removing the Russian flag which the militants had hung from the balcony of her private apartment.
Armed search as terrorization of elderly Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea
Russia’s FSB knew very well that Rustem Asanov is not living in Crimea and their armed search of his mother’s home on 2 June 2020 had no purpose except to terrorize
Torture and 15-year ‘sentence’ for insulting tweets about Russian-controlled Donbas militants
Marina Yurchak is a 40-year-old environmental chemist, who has been held hostage in the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] for two and a half years
Seized by Donbas militants after Russian military closed her city in Ukraine
Olena Fedoruk is from Kalmiuske, a city in Donetsk oblast whose proximity to the Russian border made it a convenient location for the Russian military whose involvement in the war in Donbas Russia is continuing to deny
Fears for safety of tortured Ukrainian hostage after Donbas militants claim he is in hiding
29-year-old Hryhory Sinchenko has been placed on the ‘wanted’ list by the same Russian-controlled Donbas militants who took him prisoner in October 2019
Ukrainian researcher tortured & sentenced to 13 years for ‘treason’ against a fake Russian proxy republic
Olena Pyekh never concealed her pro-Ukrainian position and is paying a huge price for it
Donbas militants sentence doctor to 13 years for pro-Ukraine Twitter posts
The Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] has ‘sentenced’ a 55-year-old neuropathologist to 13 years’ maximum security imprisonment for posts on Twitter which were claimed to “destabilize the situation” in the unrecognized ‘republic’