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

Russian proxy Donetsk ‘republic’ sentences Ukrainian war veteran to 16 years for defending Ukraine

34-year-old Vasyl Horobets served in the Ukrainian Armed Forces from 2015-16, defending his country in Donbas.  Two years later, he was seized by the Russian-controlled militants of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] and sentenced to 16 years for that service to Ukraine | detail

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Kremlin hostage tells Russian court how he was tortured in occupied Donbas & abducted to Russia

Russia’s ‘trial’ of Oleksandr Marchenko took an unexpected turn in October, after the Ukrainian political prisoner stood up in court and described the torture he had been subjected to by Russian-controlled Donbas militants before being abducted to Russia | detail

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Crimean Tatar political prisoner Medzhit Ablyamitov’s mother has died two months after his arrest

Asiye Ablyamitova died alone on 25 October, without her son, Medzhit, who had returned to occupied Crimea to care for her and who is now facing a 15-year sentence on grotesquely fabricated charges | detail

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62-year-old Ukrainian political prisoner threatens to slash his wrists if Russia doesn’t release his medication

Almost a year after the FSB in occupied Crimea arrested Oleh Prykhodko on fabricated charges, a Russian prison is refusing to provide him with the medication for a kidney condition that he needs to be taking daily. | detail

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ECHR intervenes over charity worker with HIV held hostage in Russian proxy Donetsk ‘republic’

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered the governments of both Ukraine and Russia to take measures to secure the medical treatment of Natalya Z., a charity worker with HIV who is imprisoned in the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’. | detail

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22-year-old Odesa geologist seized in Russian-occupied Crimea for pro-Ukrainian leaflets

One of two young men seized by the Russian FSB in occupied Crimea between 19 and 22 September has been informally identified as 22-year-old Oleksandr Dolzhenkov from Odesa’ | detail

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Russian-controlled Luhansk militants claim young hostage ‘spied’ for Ukraine as a 16-year-old

Militants from the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ have seized a 21-year-old man from Luhansk, Vladislav Lilipa and accused him of passing ‘state secrets’ to Ukraine’s SBU | detail

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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