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Human Rights in Ukraine. Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
31.07.2017

Russia-backed Luhansk militants used torture methods against disabled woman hostage

Ludmila Surzhenko is, thankfully, safely on unoccupied Ukrainian territory, but she will need time to recover from the physical and psychological effects of the nearly three weeks she was held prisoner by militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ | detail

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31.07.2017

Judge held for 9 months by Donbas militants heard how hostages were tortured

Vitaly Rudenko, a judge from the Luhansk Regional Court of Appeal, was freed on July 30 after nine months held prisoner by militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR]’. Rudenko was seized in October 2016, when he tried to enter military-controlled territory to attend his father’s funeral. | detail

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26.07.2017

Russia protects Donbas militant killer of 16-year-old pro-Ukrainian schoolboy

If the Russian fighter wanted for his role in the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 is correct, Russia will refuse to hand over to Ukraine Vadim Pogodin, a former Donbas militant leader believed to have ordered and taken part in the horrific torture and killing in 2014 of 16-year-old Stepan Chubenko | detail

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24.07.2017

Russia possibly implicated in latest armed abduction by Donbas militants

Two Ukrainians are known to have been taken prisoner in the so-called ’Luhansk people’s republic’ n the past two weeks, although a prominent journalist believes the number of disappearances in militant-controlled Donbas to be considerably higher | detail

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18.07.2017

MH17 Remembrance and Calls for Accountability. Except on Russian Media

Ceremonies and remembrance gatherings have been held in the Netherlands and many other countries in memory of the passengers of the MH17 Malaysian Airliner downed by a Russian Buk missile over Russian-backed militant-controlled Donbas. | detail

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17.07.2017

Briton jailed on terrorism charges for fighting with Russia-backed militants in Ukraine

41-year-old Benjamin Stimson has been jailed for five years and four months under the UK Terrorism Act for taking part in the fighting in Donbas on the side of the Russian and Russian-backed militants | detail

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12.07.2017

Navalny to debate with Russian Crimea & Donbas war criminal for nationalist votes

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has agreed to a ‘debate’ with Igor Girkin, the ex-Russian military intelligence officer who played a crucial role in Russia’s invasion of Crimea and military aggression in Donbas | detail

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10.07.2017

Panic among Donbas militants as Russia arrests ex-fighter suspected of the horrific killing of a pro-Ukrainian teenager

A former Donbas militant leader Vadim Pogodin has been arrested in Russian-occupied Crimea because Ukraine wants to try him for believed direct involvement in the torture and killing of 16-year-old pro-Ukrainian and football-loving Stepan Chubenko | detail

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07.07.2017

‘Lost’ Russia FSB border guards captured near Crimea accused of violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity

Ukraine’s Security Service [SBU] has announced that it has initiated criminal proceedings against the two Russian FSB border guards whom Russia has claimed ‘got lost’ in the Kherson oblast on June 30. The news comes a day after reports that the men had been fined a nominal amount by a Kherson court and given a 15-day administrative detention sentence aroused bemusement and anger | detail

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06.07.2017

Maimed partisan says Russia can’t leave Donbas - there are too many witnesses of war crimes for the Hague

Volodymyr Zhemchugov learned first-hand about Russia’s involvement in his native Luhansk oblast and knows how much Moscow has to hide. In a recent Glavcom interview, he said that Russia wouldn’t leave Donbas, as it would be leaving behind hundreds of thousands of witnesses who could provide crucial testimony to the international tribunal at the Hague . | detail

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05.07.2017

War in Ukraine Was Years in the Making

Ukraine is the only country in the world that has ongoing experience with a hybrid war—a simultaneous and adaptive military strategy that blends conventional and non-conventional means. As a result, it offers valuable lessons that could help the West better understand emerging threats. In the last three years | detail

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03.07.2017

War in Ukraine 2.0

Russia is targeting the most capable and dedicated parts of the Ukrainian military. | detail

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30.06.2017

Russia gives contradictory stories as mother of Russian soldier captured in Ukraine pleas for his release

While official Russian and Kremlin-backed militant sources present conflicting stories about the Russian contract soldier captured in the Luhansk oblast, Viktor Ageyev’s mother has stubbornly repeated what Moscow has tried to dismiss as “fabrication by Ukrainian propagandists”. | detail

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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

Visits 5442
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

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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

Visits 7670
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 1558
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

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