No Lessons Learned: Odesa Court bans LGBT March
Instead of organizing measures to protect participants, the Odesa City Council and police have persuaded the court to ban the Equality March planned by the LGBT community as part of the Odesa Pride 2015 Festival
Activists collect money to help police officers injured protecting Equality March
(Update) Five police officers were injured during Saturday’s Equality March and 10 participants in the march were injured when attacked by masked thugs, presumed to have been from the same far-right parties, after they moved away
Embroidery Day in Crimea: Detention, Interrogation & Ghoulish Threats
A flash mob to mark Ukrainian Embroidery Day in Russian-occupied Crimea resulted in 4 Ukrainian activists and 3 journalists being detained, interrogated for 5 hours and having their fingerprints taken. When asked why the fingerprints were needed, the officers replied that this is in case “something happens to you tomorrow. Headless bodies get found here”.
‘Convicted’ in Russian-occupied Crimea of holding a Ukrainian Flag
Crimean Tatar national movement activist Kurtseit Abdullayev has been sentenced to 20 hours community work for holding a Ukrainian flag with the words “Crimea is Ukraine” at the peaceful meeting on the anniversary of Taras Shevchenko’s birth
‘Prohibited’ and ‘extremist’? New detentions over Ukrainian Ribbons
Leonid Kuzmin and Oleksandr Kravchenko, sentenced by a Simferopol court on March 13 for a Ukrainian flag and ribbons, proved that they would not be cowered on Saturday. Ominously, this time they were taken to the ’Centre for Countering Extremism’
Crimean Court Finds Ukrainian Flag a “Prohibited Symbol”
The organizer and two participants in a peaceful action marking the 201st anniversary of the birth of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko have received corrective labour sentences and the organizer, Leonid Kuzmin, is also threatened with dismissal.
Ukrainian Flag on Shevchenko Anniversary is now ‘extremist’ in Crimea?
One year after Russia’s invasion of Crimea, Ukrainians who gathered in Simferopol to mark the 201st anniversary of the birth of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko were detained by Russian police and taken to a local police station. On their release, one of the three unfurled a Ukrainian flag and said that it was this that the police thought ‘extremist’.
As if Maidan had never happened: Kharkiv court bans peaceful protest
The Kharkiv City Council has yet again applied to the court for a ban on a protest action in the centre of the city, and a Kharkiv court has once again obliged. The reason given was one commonly used for the nearly wholesale bans on demonstrations during Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency
Remembrance of Victims of Stalinism and Nazism banned in Simferopol
The Simferopol authorities have refused to allow Crimean Tatars to hold their traditional remembrance gathering to mark European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism on Aug 23. They claim that this is because of the hot weather.
“Corrective work” for peaceful protest in support of Mustafa Dzhemiliev
One of the people who took part in non-violent protest on May 3 against the ban on veteran Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemiliev entering Crimea is now facing a sentence of ‘corrective labour’.
Crimea occupation regime toughens peaceful assembly rules
The puppet government in the Crimea has adopted a law imposing new rules on holding protests and other mass actions on the peninsula. The law largely follows the analogous Russian law and considerably narrows the rights of Crimean residents
Crimean Tatar Flag Day event also banned
Just over a month after the occupation regime went all out to prevent the remembrance events marking the seventieth anniversary of the Deportation, the Simferopol City Council has refused to allow events to mark Crimean Tatar Flag Day from being held in the centre of the city
Kharkiv: Pro-Russian thugs beat up peaceful protesters (updated)
About 50 people were injured after people demonstrating their support for Ukraine’s unity were attacked from all sides by a few hundred young men with St George ribbons, bats, sticks and stun grenades
Kharkiv unity rally cancelled as fears rise of separatist provocation
In Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv pro-Russian, separatist and also pro-Yanukovych rallies took place on Saturday, and there are fears that Sunday’s rallies could lead to violence.
Real Measures from Democratic Countries needed now
The text below was written as an appeal to the heads of all European Parliament factions, asking them to support a permanent observer mission to Ukraine. The information also, I hope, explains why targeted sanctions and other active measures now are vitally needed to restrain Ukraine’s leaders and prevent further bloodshed
Blood and Berkut Sniper Bullets on the President’s Hands
The following are just a few of the day’s events that strip any regime of its legitimacy. More will become clearer over the coming days and weeks. Time however is not on Ukrainians’ side now that Yanukovych, doubtless buoyed – or bound – by yesterday’s 2 billion loan from Russia has chosen bloodshed.
Open threats and covert plans as ‘hostage law’ deadline nears
Repressive measures and overt blackmail as the deadline for compliance with a so-called ‘amnesty law’ approaches have coincided with ominous reports of plans for extending police powers to curtail peaceful protest if the conditions are not met.
Another EuroMaidan protester dies
Businessman Bohdan Kalynyak from Kolomiya has died of hypothermia after two months on Maidan, and shortly after coming under attack when Berkut used a water cannon in temperatures well below zero
Where is AutoMaidan leader Dmytro Bulatov?
Despite obvious grounds for concern over the disappearance a week ago of prominent AutoMaidan leader Dmytro Bulatov, the police appear to be doing nothing
AutoMaidan activists ambushed, leader still missing
More AutoMaidan activists have been found in Kyiv police stations following the events of Wednesday night which singer Ruslana has called “brazen and unconcealed terror on the streets of Kyiv.” Chillingly it is now well over 24 hours since any contact with Dmytro Bulatov, one of the leaders of the AutoMaidan movement.