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17.07.2018

With Trump on his side, Putin admits Russia staged the ‘referendum’ to annex Crimea

Vladimir Putin was clearly feeling emboldened by the coup that US President Trump gave him through the 16 July summit, and did not even bother to hide behind his customary subterfuge about Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea | detail

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10.07.2018

If Putin admitted Crimea is Ukraine, why would Trump recognize illegal Russian annexation?

The Kremlin’s assertion that Crimea will not be on the agenda during Vladimir Putin’s meeting with US President Donald Trump might be cheering given Trump’s apparent refusal to rule out ‘recognizing Crimea as Russian’, if it could be believed. It cannot, and not least because of the number of times Putin has said something quite different. | detail

Visits 1145
27.06.2018

Russia stages fake ‘Ukrainian people’s tribunal’ in Donbas

All of Ukraine’s leaders, including President Petro Poroshenko have just received ‘life sentences’ after an elaborate public ‘trial’ staged in the self-proclaimed and Russian-backed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR].  The stunt, which public-sector workers were forced to attend, would not be worth a mention had it not been for the significant and very specific coverage it received on Russian state-controlled media. | detail

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05.06.2018

Juncker should demand Russia stops its aggression, war crimes & repression, not an end to ‘Russia bashing’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has demanded an end to what he called “Russia-bashing” and said that it is time to “reconnect with Russia”.   | detail

Visits 1174
04.06.2018

Putin’s Bridge to Nowhere

Despite the hoopla surrounding its “opening,” the bridge isn’t very useful as the roads leading up to it on both the Russian side and in Crimea won’t be ready until at least 2019. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, rightly tweeted: “Both ends of the bridge lead nowhere.” | detail

Visits 545
18.05.2018

The Kremlin hires academics to deny Crimean Tatars their rights

Russia’s repressive measures against Crimean Tatars are probably not surprising since it is this main indigenous people of Crimea who most dangerously undermine Moscow’s excuses for invading and annexing Crimea | detail

Visits 1508
16.05.2018

Russia: Telegram block leads to widespread assault on freedom of expression online (UPDATED)

53 international and Russian human rights, media and Internet freedom organisations, strongly condemn the attempts by the Russian Federation to block the Internet messaging service Telegram. | detail

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15.05.2018

Four years of Kremlin’s ‘Donbas republics’ and their far-right and left-wing friends

It is surely appropriate that the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics’ [DPR, LPR] date their ‘statehood’ from a fake referendum that even Russia eventually decided not to recognize.  This is not the way the so-called ’11 May referendum’ is presented in the militant-controlled media and a new ‘history textbook’, and it is certainly not the impression that a small number of European politicians, usually from the far-right or extreme left, give when they appear for their all-expenses-paid visits, via Russia, to Donbas.   | detail

Visits 2439
07.05.2018

Would the Tribeca Film Festival also award a film starring Islamic State terrorists?

If not, then it should withdraw the top prize awarded to a film starring Russian writer / fighter Zakhar Prylepin who is taking part in Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine in Donbas. | detail

Visits 3370
02.05.2018

The day Russia lost Odesa and launched a lethal propaganda lie used to kill in Donbas

Those who find only humour in the mention by Donald Trump’s adviser of a ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ that never happened should think again. It is dangerously easy to then convince people it did happen, and there is nothing funny about stories of an invented ‘massacre’ used to send young men to die or to kill others. That is precisely what Russia launched exactly four years ago | detail

Visits 3535
25.04.2018

Russian state TV uses old film footage to ‘prove’ chemical attack in Syria was faked

Two Russian state-controlled channels have used shots from a 2016 feature film as part of ‘evidence’ to back Moscow’s claim that the chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma was staged | detail

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24.04.2018

Russia tries to ‘give itself’ more Ukrainian territory

The Russian-controlled ‘government’ in occupied Crimea has decided to ‘hand over’ Ukraine’s Tuzla Island to Russia. The move is linked with Russia’s construction of a bridge between Russia and Crimea, and is legally meaningless | detail

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23.04.2018

New law in Ukraine would strip citizenship of Crimean victims of Russian occupation

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has proposed amendments to the Law on Citizenship which, if passed, would deprive Crimeans of their Ukrainian citizenship for actions forced on them by Russia as occupying state | detail

Visits 2343
16.04.2018

Russian tanks entering Ukraine that the OSCE is mandated to miss

Russia has spent four years denying responsibility for the tanks and huge arsenal of weapons provided to Kremlin-controlled militants in Donbas, and using OSCE observers to purportedly back this denial.  While this is not the observers’ fault, the vast expanse of border area physically beyond their scope, as well as the clamps placed on what they are mandated to observe, must surely place the sense of their mission in question.  | detail

Visits 4506
13.04.2018

Ukrainian journalist loses defamation suit for criticizing Moreira propaganda film on Ukraine

A French court has upheld a ruling that found Ukrainian journalist Anna Chesanovska guilty of defaming Paul Moreira in comments about his highly controversial film on Ukraine ‘Masks of the Revolution. As well as a prohibitive fine, the journalist has been ordered, in effect, to retract the truth about a film which is grossly manipulative and misleading | detail

Visits 1410
03.04.2018

Russia hurts political prisoners in revenge for Ukraine’s expulsion of diplomats

Russia has responded to Ukraine’s expulsion of 13 diplomats with nominal symmetry, but brutal precision, targeting both Moscow and the consulate in Rostov where many of Russia’s politically-motivated trials of Ukrainians are held.  Rostov also borders areas of Donbas under Kremlin-backed militant control, and Russia would doubtless prefer as few Ukrainian eyes as possible monitoring its regular flow of fighters, military equipment and arms across the border. | detail

Visits 1235
22.03.2018

Crucial EU Initiative that Outs Kremlin Lies Under Fire

A crucial program that identifies Kremlin methods of disinformation has come under attack. Alarmingly, one of the key accusations is that its activities constitute an attempt to restrict freedom of speech. The situation could not be more absurd.   | detail

Visits 514
15.03.2018

Political Shenanigans to the End: Ukraine’s Parliament elects their own MP as ‘Human Rights Ombudsman’

“The Ombudsman is not a commodity and parliament is not a bazaar!”. That was the message from Ukrainian rights activists this week, and one that Ukraine’s parliamentarians have now ignored. On March 15, a politician was elected to the post by her colleagues through procedure in open breach of the Law on the Human Rights Ombudsperson | detail

Visits 786
13.03.2018

The Truth Behind Ukraine’s Language Policy

On February 28, Ukraine’s Constitutional Court ruled the bill "On the principles of the state language policy” unconstitutional and rendered it invalid. The law in question, adopted back in 2012 and known as the “Kivalov-Kolesnichenko language law,” granted Russian the status of a “regional language.” | detail

Visits 397
06.03.2018

Yanukovych switches story about letter Putin used to justify Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was pulled out of Russian hiding on March 2 for a press conference seemingly aimed at denying that he had ‘really’ asked for Russian troops to be sent into Ukraine.  His rather confused denial follows the about-face by Russia regarding this same letter which was used quite unambiguously back in March 2014 to justify Russian military intervention in Ukraine. | detail

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