Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

OSCE catches Russia bringing anti-aircraft gun, other military hardware by night to Donbas

Should the International Criminal Court at the Hague still be in any doubt as to Russia’s direct role in the conflict in Donbas, it need only read the reports of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission since August this year.  Russian military trucks and other vehicles have been spotted at least four times travelling by night on dirt roads with no official border crossings to or from the Ukrainian-Russian border. | detail

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Putin Aide promises Donbas militants higher ‘pay’ & help with ‘elections’ that breach Minsk Agreement

So much for Moscow’s claim that the events in Donbas are a ‘civil war’ in Ukraine that Russia is not a party to.  On 10 October the Russian state news agency TASS reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aide Vladislav Surkov had met, in Moscow, with the current leader of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] and “promised an increase in salaries in DPR” | detail

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Russian-controlled militants reportedly use blinding laser weapons against Ukrainian border guards

 If, as Ukrainian military experts suspect, a much-touted Russian ‘Anti-sniper’ system is being used, this would provide further evidence of Russia’s direct role in the military conflict in Donbas, while also pointing to failings in the current international ban on the use of such weapons, and exclusions to that ban | detail

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Report the loss of civilian population, the destruction of housing and infrastructure as a result of the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine

Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group offers the readers the report on the results of study of the consequences of the armed conflict for civilian population and civilian objects on the territory, where in 2014–2015 there were hostilities, and along the demarcation line between the occupied territories and the territories controlled by the government. | detail

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More Russian military trucks caught entering Ukraine by night

There is no reason for the Russian KamAZ trucks spotted by an OSCE Special Monitoring Mission drone to travel by night through Donetsk oblast dirt roads away from any border crossing unless they have a lot to hide | detail

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Russian-controlled ‘Donbas republic’ accuses Ukraine & USA of killing militant leader Zakharchenko

A Ukrainian held hostage since late 2017 has been shown on Russian TV ‘confessing’ to a Ukrainian Security Service plot to kill Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic killed three weeks ago . | detail

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Russia moves to silence soldiers and hide evidence of its military aggression against Ukraine

The new legislative initiative is doubtless linked with the amount of proof of Russia’s direct part in the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 and of its military involvement in Ukraine and Syria, revealed by soldiers on their social media pages | detail

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OSCE catches Russia bringing war to Donbas by night

There can be no good reason for Russian military trucks to be travelling to and from militant-controlled Donbas by dirt roads at night, avoiding official border crossings, unless they have something to hide.  It was precisely such behaviour that an OSCE drone recorded late in the evening on 7 August, with the considerable footage showing that the trucks were travelling in both directions. | detail

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Stalin era fate for Donbas militants who lose Russian support

The implementers of Joseph Stalin’s Terror more often than not ended up arrested themselves and executed.  Times have changed in the Russian-controlled self-styled ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR], though only, it would seem, because they don’t necessarily shoot you when you change from ‘comrade’ to ‘enemy of the republic’ overnight.  | detail

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Bitter World Cup for Prisoners of Putin’s Undeclared War against Ukraine in Donbas

Among the many Ukrainians for whom Russia’s hosting of the 2018 World Cup seems a bitter mockery are the families of Ukrainian soldiers held prisoner by the Russian-backed militants in Donbas | detail

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Death and destruction brought to Donbas by Russian ‘humanitarian convoy’

Why would armed militants prevent OSCE observers from viewing a ‘humanitarian load’ from the Russian Federation if it contained, as asserted, children’s food and rescue equipment?  Ukrainian and many western analysts have long assumed that Russia’s so-called ‘humanitarian convoys’ are carrying a much more lethal load, with this the most credible explanation for the behaviour around the seventy-fifth convoy reported by monitors | detail

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Next step the Hague after Russian military source named for Buk missile that downed MH17

For the purposes of both one current case before the UN International Court of Justice and future cases at the International Criminal Court, the Joint Investigation Team’s conclusions could not have been of greater significance. | detail

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Russian military ‘overseers’ believed to issue the orders to torture hostages in Donbas

Two Ukrainian human rights groups have compiled an important report documenting crimes committed by militants of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR], as well as evidence of the deployment of Russian military personnel in Donbas during 2014 and 2015 | detail

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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

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Death brought to Donetsk under a Russian Flag

Ukrainians gathered in Kyiv on March 13 to remember the first victim of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine in Donbas, and all other civilians killed during the senseless conflict.  Many of those present had themselves been forced into exile or fled for their lives after Russian and Russian-backed militants seized control in March – April 2014.    | detail

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Torture in Eastern Ukraine—and What Comes After It

Oleksiy Kanarskyy, a twenty-five-year old Ukrainian, never thought he would celebrate January 1 in freedom. His hopes had faded during three years of detention in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, after endless promises of a prisoners’ exchange between the Ukrainian government and Russian-backed separatists | detail

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Russia tries new propaganda stunt over Russian journalist sent to be shot in Donbas

Almost four years after the debunking of Russia’s attempt to claim that Anatoly Klyan was killed in a Ukrainian “attack on soldiers’ mothers and journalists’, Russia’s Investigative Committee has tried it on again | detail

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Russian ‘mercenary’ gets state award from Putin for fighting in Donbas

One of 26 tank drivers from the so-called Wagner private military company [PMC] was the proud recipient of a Russian state award ‘For Bravery’ in 2014. It is illegal in Russia to be a mercenary, but that is only one of many reasons for dismissing Moscow’s pretence that it has nothing to do with the Wagner PMC which has been deployed in both Ukraine and Syria. . | detail

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Dramatic retrial order after pro-Russian journalists imprisoned for over 2 years

The Kyiv Court of Appeal has revoked the 9-year sentences passed on journalist Dmytro Vasylets and media worker Yevhen Timonin for their alleged help for the Novorosiya propaganda channel, and has ordered a retrial.  The two men, who have been in custody since November 2015, were placed under house arrest for two months and will have to wear electronic bracelets.  | detail

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Russia cracks down on soldiers’ social media pages that expose Russian war crimes in Ukraine

Russia’s Defence Ministry has taken steps to stop soldiers divulging inconvenient information about their deployment in eastern Ukraine and other countries, which Moscow claims to have no involvement in | detail

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