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14.11.2017

Russia-protected torturer-killers of 16-year-old pro-Ukrainian schoolboy sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment

Three men have been sentenced to life imprisonment for the savage torture and killing in 2014 of 16-year-old Stepan Chubenko.  Without a regime change in Russia, there is little chance that the three former Donbas fighters – Vadim Pogodin, leader of the so-called ‘Kerch battalion’, and two subordinates - Mikhail Sukhomlinov and Yury Moskalev - will serve the sentences, which are the first in absentia ever passed by a Ukrainian court.  Ukraine was left with no choice since Russia is openly protecting the three men, despite the prosecutor’s office of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] having itself established the men’s direct role in the killing | detail

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10.10.2017

Chilling disappearances and killings in Kremlin-backed ‘Luhansk republic’

The body of one of four taxi drivers to have disappeared in militant-controlled Luhansk over the past year has been discovered, ten months after his family reported his disappearance | detail

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20.09.2017

Ukraine ordered to pay massive damages over police killing and cover up

The European Court of Human Rights has found Ukraine in violation of the right to life over the death of Volodymyr Kutsenko from police torture and lack of medical care, and then over the failure to carry out an effective information. | detail

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15.09.2017

Abducted Crimean Tatar beaten, tortured and abandoned after ‘voluntarily’ entering FSB office

It took the FSB in Russian-occupied Crimea over 24 hours to admit that Renat Paralamov had been in their offices, and then they came up with the surreal claim that he had ‘voluntarily’ returned there after being released on Wednesday afternoon. They have given no explanation for the brutal torture, including beatings and electric shocks, that he was subjected to | detail

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24.08.2017

Horrifically tortured and murdered, or imprisoned in Crimea and Donbas for the Ukrainian Flag

Ukraine marked National Flag Day on August 23, remembering Volodymyr Rybak who was tortured and murdered for his defence of the Flag, and with at least three Ukrainians imprisoned in Russian-occupied Crimea or by the Russian-backed militants in Donbas for the same reason | detail

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14.08.2017

Prosecutor ‘loses’ critical evidence regarding Khmelnytsky Maidan killings

Three and a half years after shots fired from inside the Khmelnytsky SBU [Security Service] office killed 73-year-old Ludmila Sheremet and seriously injured other Maidan activists, the investigation into the shooting appears to have been deliberately sabotaged | detail

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07.08.2017

Grave Concern for Crimean Tatar Political Prisoner Ruslan Zeytullaev on Indefinite Hunger Strike

Ruslan Zeytullaev is continuing the hunger strike he declared on July 27, the day that Russia’s Supreme Court increased his manifestly unjust sentence to 15 years. Zeytullaev’s moving words to the court made it clear that his action was not only in protest at the sentence, but in defence of his people, facing persecution | detail

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01.08.2017

Russia to answer to Strasbourg for shielding Donbas militant killer of Ukrainian schoolboy Stepan Chubenko

There is no good reason for refusing to extradite Vadim Pogodin, who even the militants themselves agree was behind the horrific torture and murder of 16-year-old Stepan Chubenko, yet Russia has let him go free | 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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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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01.05.2017

Ukraine faces human rights court hammering over investigation of Odesa 2 May Tragedy

If the finger can be pointed at Russia for its role and propaganda lies about the tragic disturbances and fire in Odesa on 2 May 2014, it is solely the Ukrainian authorities who must answer for Ukraine’s shameful failure to carry out a proper investigation | 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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13.04.2017

Accomplice to Maidan journalist killing has ’magic’ effect on Ukrainian judges

Yury Krysin admits taking part in the fatal attack on journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during Euromaidan and has been convicted of numerous other violent crimes. Yet “Ukrainian judges have only to see him and they’re seized by a burning desire to release him from custody” | detail

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21.03.2017

Chechnya style lawlessness will not work in occupied Crimea, however much Russia tries

Russia has concentrated negative and repressive features from all over the Russian Federation in occupied Crimea, a Russian human rights activist has said. However, neither she, nor a Crimean Tatar activist whose own son and nephew were abducted, believe that Russia will succeed in imposing the unbridled lawlessness seen in the Caucasus, although not necessarily for want of trying. | detail

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03.03.2017

Slain Crimean Tatar Reshat Ametov “wanted his children to live in a free Crimea”

“Russian friend, if they order you to, will you shoot at me?” This question was the last post 39-year-old Reshat Ametov made on Facebook, the day before his silent picket in protest at the Russian soldiers who had invaded his home. The Crimean Tatar father of three was seized by so-called ‘self-defence’ paramilitaries from outside the Crimean Parliament in Simferopol on 3 March, 2014 and tortured to death. | detail

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06.02.2017

Police & prosecutors accused of protecting Maidan murder suspect from justice

A journalist investigation has highlighted disturbing police and prosecutor links which may explain the baffling downgrading in the charges against Yury Krysin, who took part in the killing of journalist Viacheslav Veremiy during the bloodiest days of Euromaidan in February 2014. | detail

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31.01.2017

Victims of Volnovakha bus bombing by Kremlin-backed militants seek justice in Strasbourg

2 years after 13 people were killed when a bus near Volnovakha was shelled from a militant-controlled area, relatives of the victims have filed an application against both Russia and Ukraine over the bombing and the failure by the Ukrainian authorities to carry out a proper investigation. | detail

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18.01.2017

Over half the Berkut officers suspected of Maidan killings given shelter by Russia

12 of 23 ex-Berkut officers suspected of gunning down protesters in the last bloody days of Euromaidan have now received Russian citizenship or leave to remain as ‘refugees’. It appears now that 3 other officers on trial over the deaths have been added to the list of people to be handed over in exchange for Ukrainian hostages. | detail

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15.12.2016

Appeal from Aleppo

The White Helmets in Aleppo have given everything. Now we need the international community to do the same. Please share this message. | detail

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29.11.2016

Yanukovych ‘doesn’t remember’ the bloodiest day of Maidan killings

Ex-president Viktor Yanukovych has finally testified as defence witness in the trial of five former Berkut officers charged with killing activists in February 2014. He claimed to ‘not know’ or ‘not remember’ most vital details about the events during Euromaidan, and even how he came to flee to Russia | detail

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