Ambushes as quota-filling ’mobilization’ continue in the Kharkiv oblast

The police and recruitment offices in Kharkiv are continuing to grab young men effectively off the street and send them to military recruitment centres, despite assurances from the Interior Minister and Kharkiv Governor that such methods of ‘mobilization’ would stop. | detail

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Ambush in Kharkiv

On how they fulfill the mobilization plan in Kharkiv | detail

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Outrage as young men grabbed off the street in Kharkiv for military service

While the regional military commissar claims that all is in order, representatives of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group are adamant that this is in breach of the Constitution and can be viewed as abduction | detail

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Ukraine’s leaders broaden mobilization while refusing to declare state of war

Failure to officially acknowledge what Ukrainians have been living with since the Spring of 2014 can only arouse distrust and questions about who benefits by not declaring a state of war in which Russia, not isolated ‘terrorists’, is the main aggressor. | detail

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Thousands of soldiers prevented from voting

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada has failed to introduce amendments to electoral legislation which would have enabled military servicemen from the ATO zone to vote in the elections | detail

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The Savchenko Case shows Russia in tandem with militants

Should anybody have doubted the close ties between the Russian authorities and pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine, Nadiya Savchenko, a military officer taken prisoner and paraded as a ‘trophy’ by militants three weeks ago is now facing prosecution on dubious charges in Russia | detail

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Human Rights Monitors express concern about Krasny Liman

A monitoring group has found no evidence for allegations that the Ukrainian National Guard shot wounded militants in Krasny Liman, but has found disturbing evidence indicating the need for a thorough investigation as to whether a hospital may have been the deliberate target of mortar fire | detail

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Ministry denies that conscript died of a brain injury

A young man on military service has died in one of the units of the MIA Internal Military Forces near Kyiv. Reports that other conscripts had their mobile telephones removed and were ordered to say nothing have also been denied | detail

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Changes to legislation on conscripts

Inna Sukhorukova, one of the KHPG group monitoring conscription twice a year, reports that in the last two years the Ministry of Defence has done quite a lot to improve the legislation pertaining to conscript service as well as military servicemen on contracts | detail

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Details emerge regarding the death of a conscript

The Kharkiv Region Military Prosecutor has instituted criminal proceedings over the death of 18-year-old conscript Yury Stashchenko who died from a blow inflicted by a fellow soldier | detail

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Another conscript dies from hazing

The Ministry of Defence reports that a conscript in the Kharkiv region has died as the result of hazing and states that an investigation is underway | detail

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Killers of young conscript Oleksandr Rybka sentenced

The 18-year-old conscript soldier died 20 days after being called up to do his military service. Two corporals were sentenced to 5 and 7 years imprisonment for beating him to death | detail

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Plans afoot to restrict the right of women serving in the Armed Forces to marry and have children

"One wonders whether the officials in the higher echelons of power, in taking such decisions, consider the consequences of such conditions and their legality. The question must arise of the competence of such officials and their familiarity with Ukrainian legislation" | detail

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Medical examination of conscript soldiers simplified

The Ministry of Defence has introduced changes aimed at making medical examinations more transparent and ensuring that young men unable to serve on medical grounds do not need to undergo the same tests each year | detail

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Major who shot and killed a soldier sentenced to 13 years

Major Vennikov who on 6 August while on duty shot and killed rank and file soldier Pashchenko was convicted of murder and sentenced on Friday 8 December to 13 years imprisonment by the court of the Cherkasy Garrison | detail

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Minister of Defence demands harsh punishment for killers of “Desna” conscript

At present in all military units in Ukraine officers have been ordered to have somebody on duty around the clock in the barracks. It must be said that it’s not clear how long they will continue to protect new conscripts from bullies [“didy”] in this way. | detail

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Conscript dies of internal injuries from beatings inflicted

On 27 November an 18-year-old conscript soldier died of beatings received in the No. 169 Infantry Training Centre in the Chernihiv region. The autopsy showed that the cause of death was a ruptured liver caused by serious beating | detail

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Curbing bullying in the US Military

On a trip as part of the program of international visits “Protection of civil rights in the USA Army”, 7-25 August 2006 | detail

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Prosecutor General calls for measures to stem the rise in deaths and violence involving military servicemen

The Prosecutor General’s Press Service reports instructions issued in response to the worrying rise in the number of deaths of military servicemen | detail

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