Human Rights Watch’s allegations of widespread use by the Ukrainian government of cluster bombs have been widely reported, unlike the OSCE’s denial of any evidence of this and other serious grounds for concern about the report
A recent Levada Centre survey found 79% convinced that western countries, by criticizing Russian policy in relation to Ukraine are trying to weaken Russia. 55% however do not believe that Russia should interfere in the internal affairs of its neighbours.
According to the Committee of Voters of Ukraine [CVU] 1.5 million people in the Donetsk oblast (45%) will not take part in the parliamentary elections on Oct 26. In the Luhansk oblast people in the territory bordering on the zone of fighting are frightened to vote.
The farcical nature of Ukraine’s new Law on Cleaning up the Government was seen within hours of the law coming into force. The list made public of the first 36 heads to roll was like a modern public execution – of suspected witches rather than of known criminals.
Attempts to pressurize the representative-executive body of the Crimean Tatar people into registering as some kind of ‘civic organization’ are unacceptable, the deputy head of the Mejlis, Akhtem Chyyhoz says
Russia may soon adopt a law which would waive any liability by the armed paramilitaries in the Crimea who have murdered, abducted and beaten up opponents of Russian occupation, as well as seizing land and assets. Or who will, since the impunity would be till Jan 2015
On Monday people in Moscow held single-person pickets outside the notorious Serbski Institute where Ukrainian officer Nadiya Savchenko is undergoing a forced ‘psychiatric examination’. Their banners included: “They torture POWs here”; and “Back to punitive psychiatry? Pilot Nadiya Savchenko, abducted from Ukraine, is being held here”.
73-year-old Ludmila Bogatenkova was released only because her state of health was near critical. Please help circulate information about this case and about the investigations into the deaths of Russian soldiers that Moscow is so clearly trying to silence
Tracked down and captured by the Kremlin-backed militants his street installations mocked in early August, Zakharov says that his captors fractured his left and right ribs and threatened him with execution three times
On Monday, Oct 20, the Verkhovna Rada passed a long-needed law on internally displaced persons. The bill was drawn up in cooperation with NGOs directly working with people forced to flee the Crimea or Donbas.
The Ukrainian officer captured by Kremlin-backed militants and now facing ’charges’ in Russia is being deprived of sleep, is watched 24 hours a day, and not allowed to speak in private to her lawyer. She also reports that the Russian prosecution is trying to foist their own lawyer on her.
Lviv journalist Yury Lelyavsky is free after being held hostage for over two months by Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic. This is the second time he was taken prisoner – the first was in Slovyansk, under the equally self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic
73-year-old Ludmila Bogatenkova, head of a regional Committee of Soldiers Mothers, who has been investigating the deaths of Russian conscripts in Ukraine, was arrested on Friday, Oct 17 and is currently in detention facing charges of ’fraud’
Nobody is admitting liability for the disturbances on Oct 14 when certain masked protesters tried to storm parliament and attack police. A marginal group hankering for a military junta to take control seems the likeliest candidate, though multiple questions remain.
Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov recently asserted that the Crimean Tatar people have received what they couldn’t have dreamt of within Ukraine”. Lavrov was unusually close to the truth since in their worst nightmares Crimean Tatars could not have imagined the violations of their rights seen since Russia annexed their homeland.
Assertions that the men whose bodies have been brought to a Zaporizhya morgue suffered horrific torture are corroborated not only by the harrowing photos, but by tales of soldiers or civilians held captive by militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic..
Russians are also now asking hard-hitting questions as macabre efforts continue in Pskov and other parts of Russia to conceal the death or injury of a large number of soldiers sent to fight Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine
The suspicion that Russia’s ‘humanitarian convoy’ was being used to divert attention from other activities was probably confirmed on Aug 23. Western leaders concentrated only on that undoubted violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty while ignoring NATO reports of direct Russian military incursions
Volodymyr Yavorsky, lawyer and human rights specialist, has subjected the latest draft law on lustration to close analysis and his verdict is not good. Instead of defending democracy, lustration as per this bill would be more likely to turn into a mechanism of selective political persecution of officials and would destroy independent institutions.
The tragic events in Odessa on May 2, 2014, are rapidly being transformed into a propaganda campaign for Moscow. The facts are now available and need to be widely known. By allowing outrageous claims of a fascist ‘massacre’ to go unrefuted, we risk proving yet again how very little human beings learn from history.
The shooting down of MH17 has led to harsh words used about Moscow’s very major role in providing the arms and military technology, men and training for artificially manufactured unrest (and bitterly real bloodshed), but left terminology, like ‘civil war’ and ‘separatist’ largely intact