Kharkiv journalist among released hostages; hundreds remain in captivity

Immense relief for the 150 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians released by the Kremlin-backed militants is marred by ongoing concern for the minimum 534 people still in captivity, many ‘arrested’ on the basis of ‘denunciations’ like those in the worst Soviet times. | detail

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Couple abducted by separatists, lives at risk

Please join Amnesty International’s urgent action for the release of a married couple abducted by armed men on 30 November in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Their whereabouts are unknown, and their lives are in danger. | detail

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Missing, believed denounced: hundreds held prisoner by Kremlin-backed militants

The Soviet echoes in the prevailing atmosphere of fear and intimidation in Donbas are most chillingly seen in the widespread use of ‘denunciations’ with accusations as empty, but potentially fatal as in Stalin’s times. | detail

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No evidence of real investigation into disappearance of Crimean activists

Any formal ‘investigations’ do not conceal the fact that the Crimean investigators have done nothing to find the missing activists | detail

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Journalist in captivity for 100 days

Luhansk journalist and chief editor of the Internet public Polityka 2.0, Serhiy Sakadynsky, held by the Kremlin-backed militants for 100 days, has been moved from a basement in Luhansk to Krasny Luch | detail

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Another young Crimean Tatar has disappeared

29-year-old Usein Seitnabiyev from Feodosiya has been missing since Oct 21. There may be a simple explanation, but coming after a series of abductions and disappearances of young, male Crimean Tatars, concern is understandably high | detail

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Abducted street artist Serhiy Zakharov tells of detention and torture

Tracked down and captured by the Kremlin-backed militants his street installations mocked in early August, Zakharov says that his captors fractured his left and right ribs and threatened him with execution three times | detail

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Donbas SOS activist still held by Kremlin-backed militants

Olexandr Kudinov is only one of many hostages currently held by the militants but his imprisonment is a particularly blow since Kudinov has himself been instrumental in rescuing hundreds of people from the area of conflict. | detail

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Two Crimean Tatar students disappear in the Crimea

Update: There are entirely divergent reports emerging in the media, all saying that one of the young men - Belyal Bilyavov - has been found dead, but varying radically as to the cause of death. A full update will be provided as soon as possible | detail

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Civic activist abducted

Vasyl Kovalenko, a civic activist who has provided refuge to over a thousand people displaced by the conflict, was taken prisoner by Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic. They are now, however, denying this. | detail

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Journalist Yehor Vorobyov released

Yehor Vorobyov, journalist for Espreso TV was released on Tuesday, Oct 7, after being held hostage by Russian soldiers and / or Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic for 38 days | detail

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Another young Crimean Tatar man has disappeared

Two days after 19-year-old Islam Dzhepparov and his 23-year-old cousin Dzhevdet Islamov were abducted from Sary-Su near Belogorsk in the Crimea, another young man has gone missing | detail

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Mariupol human rights activist taken hostage

Oleksandr Kudinov, a well-known human rights activist disappeared in Donetsk on Sept 22 and is assumed to have been taken prisoner by Kremlin-backed militants | detail

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Journalist Oleksandr Bilokobylsky released

Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic have released Oleksandr Bilokobylsky, a Luhansk journalist captured while trying to take food and important medicine for relatives and friends in Luhansk | detail

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Two young Crimean Tatars abducted

At around 19.00 on Saturday evening uniformed men pushed two young Crimean Tatar men into a minivan and took them away. The police and FSB say that they were not involved | detail

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Dmytro Potekhin released

President Poroshenko has announced that the well-known journalist, blogger and civic activist has been released after being seized by Kremlin-backed militants on Aug 7. At least 6 other journalists and civic activists are among the militants’ hostages | detail

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Kyiv-Mohyla Academy lecturer savagely beaten

Vasyl Cherepanyn, head of the Visual Culture Research Centre and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy lecturer was set upon by thugs in paramilitary camouflage gear almost certainly from a far-right organization and badly injured | detail

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Concern for civic activist and journalist seized by Luhansk militants

Serhiy Saladynsky, head of the Luhansk Eastern Ukraine Centre and chief editor of an Internet publication Politika 2.0 and journalist Oleksandr Bilokobylsky are believed to have been taken hostage by the so-called Luhansk people’s republic. | detail

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Attack on Crimean Tatar scholar Nadir Bekir

The attack on Nadir Bekir and what was taken suggest that his assailants were no common thieves. | detail

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Journalist missing in Luhansk

Nothing has been heard from journalist Oleksandr Bilokobylsky since he set off on Sept 13 from Kharkiv to take food and medicines to relatives in Luhansk | detail

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