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29.06.2017

Russian contract soldier captured while fighting in Donbas. Russia denies everything

Another Russian soldier whose active combat in Ukraine is denied by Moscow has been captured in the Luhansk oblast after a battle in which his fellow Russian soldier was killed | detail

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26.06.2017

Czech man on trial for helping Russian-backed fighters "plan terrorist attack" in Donbas

The Czech Republic has become the latest EU country to put its own citizen on trial over alleged involvement on the side of Kremlin-backed militants in the fighting in Donbas. Russia, in contrast, has sentenced one Russian to 5 years’ imprisonment - for fighting (legally) for Ukraine | detail

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23.06.2017

Russia, Not Ukraine, Is Serial Violator of Ceasefire Agreement

The context is this: Moscow is conducting the war in Ukraine’s east; without Russian leadership, troops, financing, and weapons, there would be no war | detail

Visits 869
21.06.2017

Russia uses money and threat of prosecution to hide Russian soldiers’ deaths in Ukraine

Nobody knows how many Russians have been killed in Donbas. Those who can tell NGOs about their sons’ deaths have gone silent, while journalists have doubtless been deterred by the real fear of being prosecuted for revealing State secrets | detail

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16.06.2017

Russian sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment for defending Ukraine

Russia’s Investigative Committee and courts have developed their own, specific, definition of mercenary, and it is only very loosely connected with money. Artem Shirobokov is the first Russian to have been convicted of ‘taking part in an armed conflict as a mercenary’ and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. | detail

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12.05.2017

How Not to Become a War Criminal: A Guide for Russian Soldiers

Few Russian citizens view the Kremlin’s invasion into Ukraine as unlawful. Not many Russian servicemen realize that when they are fighting there, they fight as unnamed, faceless soldiers who lack the protection of international pacts, including the Geneva Conventions. | detail

Visits 1048
10.05.2017

Ukraine should use Russian social media for the International Criminal Court, not ban them

An important source of proof of Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine could be blocked if a plan reportedly underway is implemented. This is only one of the grounds of concern over plans to block two Russian-based social networks - VKontakte [VK] and Odnoklassniki [OK]. | detail

Visits 3277
10.05.2017

Donbas war criminals glorified in Russia on Victory Day

Victory Day in Russia was marked this year by state-controlled television appearing to treat Donetsk as a Russian city and photos at the Immortal Regiment march of a notorious Russian mercenary and Ukrainian militant whom Ukraine had wanted to see tried for war crimes in Donbas | detail

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04.05.2017

Donbas militants ‘sentence’ 63-year-old Ukrainian religious scholar on insane charges

After holding well-known academic Ihor Kozlovskyy prisoner for well over a year, the Kremlin-backed militants of the so-called Donetsk people’s republic [DPR] have now ‘sentenced’ him to nearly 3 years’ imprisonment. The 63-year-old religious scholar was ‘convicted’ by a DPR military court of possession of two grenades which were purportedly ‘found’ in his flat | detail

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02.05.2017

Navalny attacker led 2014 attempt to repeat Donbas seizure of power in Kharkiv

The man believed responsible for a chemical attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was almost certainly a leader of the aborted attempt in 2014 to seize control in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and form a so-called ‘Kharkiv people’s republic’, like the Kremlin-backed formations in Donbas. | detail

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28.04.2017

Russia accuses Ukraine of ‘abducting’ arrested fighters, Britain tries one for terrorism

Russia’s Investigative Committee has initiated a criminal investigation into what it claims was Ukraine’s ‘abduction’ of Russian ‘volunteers’. Ukraine’s position in trying the men for involvement in terrorism is shared by the United Kingdom which is currently prosecuting a Briton on terrorism charges for his believed role in the fighting in Donbas. | detail

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20.04.2017

UN Court at the Hague orders Russia to stop persecuting Crimean Tatar Mejlis

The International Court of Justice’s decision on April 19 on Ukraine’s suit against Russia may have rejected one request for provisional measures, but its intercession on behalf of Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians facing persecution in occupied Crimea and its recognition of jurisdiction made this an important victory for Ukraine | detail

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17.04.2017

Tortured to Death for Defending Ukraine’s Flag and Ukrainian Unity

It is three years since Volodymyr Rybak was abducted by Kremlin-backed militants when he tried to remove the flag of the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ from the seized Horlivka city council building. His tortured and mutilated body was found 5 days later, together with that of 19-year-old student Yury Popravko. | detail

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12.04.2017

Russian war crimes in Ukraine are of interest, Mr Tillerson

Exactly 3 years ago, former Russian military intelligence officer Igor Girkin, with heavily armed Russian and pro-Russian militants seized Sloviansk in the Donetsk oblast, beginning a Russian-funded, armed and manned war that has continued to this day | detail

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11.04.2017

Why Did Putin Get Stuck in Eastern Ukraine?

Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine is now entering its fourth year, but there was a time when few expected it to last even four weeks. The virtually bloodless seizure of Crimea, which fell to Russian troops in early 2014 without a fight, led most observers to conclude that Ukraine was effectively defenseless and at Moscow’s mercy | detail

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10.04.2017

Russian media twist Bellingcat study to find Ukrainian Buk in Donbas before MH17

Incredibly, some Ukrainian websites have copy-pasted Russian propaganda media, including a website closely linked with the defence ministry, which deliberately distorted the findings of a new Bellingcat investigation | detail

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30.03.2017

Crimean Tatar activist abducted by masked men from outside court

Belyal Adilov was seized by men in camouflage gear and masks from outside the High Court in Russian-occupied Crimea on March 29 in the latest attempt to terrorize Crimean Tatars and deter them from showing solidarity with victims of persecution | detail

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24.03.2017

Russia’s weapons of Ukraine’s destruction were not "found in Donbas mines"

Russia’s claim at the Hague that the Donbas militants were using Soviet weapons found hidden (together with 700 tanks?) in mines did not get the attention it warranted. The Western media have largely opted for a ‘Kyiv accuses’ and ‘Moscow denies’ format, even when this means ignoring considerable video footage of Russian soldiers and tanks clearly headed for the border and more | detail

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24.03.2017

Killing of Kremlin whistle-blower Voronenkov removes vital witness for Ukraine

While it remains unproven who carried out the brazen killing of ex-Russian MP Denis Voronenkov in Kyiv on March 23 or why, it is certainly true that Ukraine has lost a valuable witness willing to give damaging testimony about ex-President Viktor Yanukovych and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. | detail

Visits 5685
14.03.2017

Putin gives military award to Russian soldier for Donbas battle

Further evidence has emerged of Russian military personnel directly involved in the battle for Debaltseve in February 2015 | detail

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