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22.09.2017

Prisoners of war captured defending Ukraine abandoned & in danger of fake ’trials’

There is an urgent need for Ukraine to formally recognize the soldiers who were taken prisoner by Russian or Russian-backed fighters as prisoners of war, yet Ukraine’s parliament is procrastinating on this, and on other measures to coordinate efforts to bring the men back home | detail

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14.09.2017

Crimean Tatar abducted after ‘search’ by masked men in Russian-occupied Crimea

Renat Paralamov has not been seen since masked men carried out what they claimed to be an ‘inspection’ of his home in Nizhnegorsk, in Russian-occupied Crimea.  Even if, as seems likely, the Russian FSB is behind this latest seizure, there is every reason to consider that their treatment of the young Crimean Tatar should be viewed as an abduction | detail

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13.09.2017

Luhansk man arrested by Russia-backed militants for organizing a protest on social media

A young Luhansk resident has been taken prisoner by the Kremlin-backed militants of the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] for proposing a protest action on his VKontakte social network page | detail

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06.09.2017

Fears for the life of young Ukrainian abducted by Donbas militants

There is still no information about the whereabouts of 22-year-old Mykola Petukhov who was seized by armed militants of the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ in the early morning of August 31. The abduction is of immense concern since Mykola’s mother reports that a young man, identified only as Oleksiy, was seized just a week ago, and his body found a few days later | detail

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05.09.2017

European Court asked to intervene over suspected Russian abduction of 19-year-old Ukrainian

There is still no information about the whereabouts of 19-year-old Pavlo Hryb, ten days after he entered Belarus and vanished.  Given the strong grounds for fearing that the young man has been abducted by Russia’s FSB, and that his life could be in danger without badly needed medication, his family and lawyer have asked the  European Court of Human Rights to apply urgent measures under Article 39 | detail

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01.09.2017

Release of seized Donetsk journalist negotiated with people ’close to Russia’

Kremlin-backed Donbas militants are refusing to let international monitors see Donetsk journalist Stanislav Aseyev whom they have been holding prisoner since early June.  There has been no movement on securing his release and a volunteer group believes that the militants may have gone silent to try to ‘raise his price’, possibly so that he can be exchanged for a Russian | detail

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30.08.2017

Ukrainian political prisoner in occupied Crimea charged with assault after complaining of ill-treatment

It seems a three and a half year sentence against Volodymyr Balukh for his Ukrainian flag in Russian-occupied Crimea was not enough. He is now facing new criminal proceedings brought after he complained about anti-Ukrainian abuse and physical violence from the head of the Razdolne detention centre Captain Valery Tkachenko | detail

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29.08.2017

19-year-old Ukrainian feared to have been lured to Belarus and abducted to Russia by the FSB

19-year-old Pavlo Hryb has not been seen since he arrived in Gomel, Belarus on August 24 and his father has ominous grounds for believing that his son may have been tricked by a young woman into entering Belarus and then abducted in what was a Russian FSB operation | 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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20.08.2017

Cowardly final brutality as Russia releases jailed 76-year-old Crimean Tatar Server Karametov

Server Karametov, the frail, seriously ill, and courageous pensioner whom a court in Russian-occupied Crimea jailed for peaceful protest, was released on Saturday evening after 10 days’ imprisonment.  It had seemed that the occupation regime could sink no lower, yet it found a way. | detail

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18.08.2017

Donbas Militants and Russian FSB Coordinate Fake ‘Ukrainian Saboteur’ Arrests

A day after Russia’s FSB produced a video of a Ukrainian ‘confessing’ to his part in an SBU plot to commit acts of sabotage in Crimea, Donbas and Russia, Kremlin-backed militants have come up with their own videoed arrest.  The alleged saboteur is seen supposedly being seized in the middle of summer wearing a jersey, leather jacket and cap pointing the wrong way, not to mention boots without laces. | detail

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10.08.2017

Russia hits new depths, jails 76-year-old & gravely ill Crimean Tatar for peaceful protest

A ‘court’ in Russian-occupied Crimea has jailed Server Karametov for ten days for supposedly ‘resisting the police’. The frail pensioner, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and other serious illnesses had already been fined 10 thousand roubles the previous day for what the same ‘judge’, Marina Vladimirovna Kolotsei chose to accept was an ‘unauthorized protest’ | detail

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04.08.2017

Jailed in Russian-occupied Crimea for a Ukrainian Flag

Ukrainian farmer, activist and recognized political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh has been sentenced to 3 years, 7 months in what human rights groups have condemned as reprisals for his open opposition to Russia’s occupation of his native Crimea - and, effectively, for a Ukrainian flag | detail

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02.08.2017

Donbas militants ‘sentence’ blogger to 14 years for "spreading negative information"

A so-called military court in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [LPR] has sentenced two Ukrainians to huge sentences for what it calls ‘state treason’. Since the alleged ‘treason’ involved spreading ‘negative information’ on the Internet, it seems likely that one of the two people is Edward Nedelyaev, a prominent Luhansk blogger, seized in November 2016 | detail

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31.07.2017

Unconcealed falsifications used to jail Ukrainian activist in Russia-occupied Crimea

It may be simply that ‘judge’ Maria Bedritskaya wants to go on holiday, and can’t go until she ‘convicts’ Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh. It is possible, however, that the flagrant irregularities are also intended as a warning to all Ukrainians of what they can expect for a Ukrainian flag, for honouring the slain victims of Maidan or other demonstrations of ‘dissident thinking’. . | detail

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27.07.2017

Russia keeps shifting the plot in its ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ trial

Almost a year after Russia’s FSB produced videos on which Crimean Tatar Redvan Suleymanov and three other Ukrainians separately ‘confessed’ to taking part in a ‘Crimean sabotage’ plot organized by Ukraine’s Military Intelligence, one of the men has been convicted of something else altogether, and the ongoing trial of Suleymanov also bares scarcely any resemblance to the original ‘plot’ | 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

FSB uses new forms of torture against ‘Ukrainian Crimea saboteur’ political prisoner

In the absence of any evidence of acts of sabotage, damning proof of innocence and of the torture used to extract confessions, Russia’s FSB are using unlawful forms of pressure to force Yevheny Panov and Andriy Zakhteit to give up their lawyers and ‘cooperate’. | detail

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17.07.2017

Donbas militants admit to holding journalist Stanyslav Aseyev prisoner for "spying"

Days after the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] declared journalist Stanyslav Aseyev ‘missing’, and six weeks after he disappeared, the militants have admitted to holding him prisoner and claim to suspect him of ‘spying’.. | detail

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16.07.2017

Friends fear deaf Luhansk woman has been abducted by Kremlin-backed militants

Friends of 39-year-old Lyudmila Surzhenko, a partially deaf resident of Luhansk, fear that she may have been abducted by Russian / pro-Russian militants after crossing on July 13 from occupied Luhansk into the Ukrainian government-held town of Stanytsia Luhanska to get some humanitarian aid | detail

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