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

Donbas militants ‘allowed to torture 500 innocent Ukrainians to death, to find one spy’

48-year-old Serhiy Kuris’ openly expressed pro-Ukrainian position and refusal to sign any ‘confession’ mean that he is in real danger. | detail

Visits 2013

Russian proxy Donbas ‘republic’ threatens to hold hostages until Ukraine agrees to fake elections

The self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ has made progress on the release of Ukrainian hostages and prisoners of war contingent on Kyiv changing the government’s resolution on local elections from 15 July | detail

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Ukrainian hostage slashes his wrists in protest at Donbas militant torture

Hryhory Sinchenko is in a prison hospital in occupied Donetsk after slashing his wrists, in protest at torture aimed at getting him to give up his lawyer and to sign whatever his Russian-controlled militants demand of him. | detail

Visits 876

Tortured and jailed or killed for the Ukrainian Flag and for supporting Ukraine in occupied Donbas

There are many ways of marking Ukraine’s Independence Day on 24 August, and the  Ukrainian Flag the day before. Except when you’re in the Russian proxy Donbas ‘republics’ where even posting a picture with the Ukrainian Flag can get you seized by the so-called ‘security service’, tortured and imprisoned for years.  | detail

Visits 1927

Belarus initiates ‘mass riot’ criminal charges against detained Ukrainian rights activists

A Belarusian human rights activist has informed Radio Svoboda that the two Ukrainian rights activists brutally detained on 12 August are to face criminal charges over supposed ‘mass riots’. | detail

Visits 2051

Vulnerable Luhansk man sentenced to 12 years after cruel Donbas militant and Russian propaganda stunt

50-year-old Vadim Dreyev from Luhansk disappeared on 26 April 2019. Nothing was heard of him for four months, until the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ produced a video in which the Ukrainian supposedly demonstrates his part in the blowing up of four monuments in the Russian proxy ‘republic’ | detail

Visits 948

Russia uses torture by Donbas militants to fabricate a new Ukrainian ‘spying trial’

Eight months after human rights NGOs declared Oleksandr Marchenko a political prisoner, Russia is dragging out his secret ‘trial’, while also refusing to allow the Ukrainian General Consul in Rostov to visit him | detail

Visits 1249

Russia secretly imprisons Ukrainian footballer for 9 months, then charges him with ‘spying’ for Ukraine

News only emerged of the arrest of 53-year-old former footballer Vasyl Vasylenko on 6 July 2020, nine months after he was arrested in Moscow | detail

Visits 1539

Ukrainian partisan seized for the third time by Russian-controlled Donbas militants

Much remains unclear about how 29-year-old Hryhory Sinchenko managed to escape from his militant captors in May this year.  What, unfortunately, cannot be doubted is that the young Ukrainian’s life in the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] is in danger, and publicity is urgently needed. | detail

Visits 2018

Donetsk militants seize passionately pro-Ukrainian young man with a serious heart condition

20-year-old Bohdan Maksymenko has been imprisoned by militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] for two and a half months, almost certainly for his pro-Ukrainian views that he expressed openly on social media | detail

Visits 1938

Tortured and sentenced to 14 years in Russian-controlled Donbas ‘republic’ for pro-Ukraine Twitter posts

31-year-old Pavlo Podvezko was accused by the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ of communicating on Twitter with a blogger who provides important information about Russian military and militant losses, military technology, etc | detail

Visits 1886

Miners protesting over pay arrears arrested and tortured in Russian-controlled Luhansk ‘republic’

At least 14 people are reported to have been seized by Russian-controlled ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ militants over a strike by miners demanding pay arrears | detail

Visits 1438

Russia arrests 20-year-old and five others with pro-Ukrainian views in occupied Crimea

There are grounds for fearing this to be the latest FSB offensive against Crimeans whose ‘extremism’ probably consists of agreeing with all democratic countries that Crimea is Ukrainian territory. | detail

Visits 1839

Ukrainian living in Spain taken prisoner by Donbas militants for removing a Russian flag

Yevhenia Yepes-Vinuesa, a Ukrainian living in Spain, has been taken prisoner in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR], probably in response to her removing the Russian flag which the militants had hung from the balcony of her private apartment. | detail

Visits 5946

Armed search as terrorization of elderly Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea

Russia’s FSB knew very well that Rustem Asanov is not living in Crimea and their armed search of his mother’s home on 2 June 2020 had no purpose except to terrorize | detail

Visits 1330

Torture and 15-year ‘sentence’ for insulting tweets about Russian-controlled Donbas militants

Marina Yurchak is a 40-year-old environmental chemist, who has been held hostage in the Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] for two and a half years | detail

Visits 4709

Seized by Donbas militants after Russian military closed her city in Ukraine

Olena Fedoruk is from Kalmiuske, a city in Donetsk oblast whose proximity to the Russian border made it a convenient location for the Russian military whose involvement in the war in Donbas Russia is continuing to deny | detail

Visits 1893

Fears for safety of tortured Ukrainian hostage after Donbas militants claim he is in hiding

29-year-old Hryhory Sinchenko has been placed on the ‘wanted’ list by the same Russian-controlled Donbas militants who took him prisoner in October 2019 | detail

Visits 1344

Ukrainian researcher tortured & sentenced to 13 years for ‘treason’ against a fake Russian proxy republic

Olena Pyekh never concealed her pro-Ukrainian position and is paying a huge price for it | detail

Visits 3893

Donbas militants sentence doctor to 13 years for pro-Ukraine Twitter posts

The Russian proxy ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] has ‘sentenced’ a 55-year-old neuropathologist to 13 years’ maximum security imprisonment for posts on Twitter which were claimed to “destabilize the situation” in the unrecognized ‘republic’ | detail

Visits 1863

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