New wave of ’arrests’ & attack on Ukrainian churches in militant-controlled Donetsk

Kremlin-backed militants in Donetsk are reported to have seized a number of local residents, including a volunteer Marina Cherenkova and religious specialist Ihor Kozlovsky and are holding them prisoner. The news coincides with an orchestrated demonstration in Donetsk against the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and what were termed “other sects” | детальніше

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French filmmaker adopts Putin’s ’Ukrainian fascist hordes’ line for Canal Plus

If anybody wants a quick reminder of how easy it is to mislead film viewers, they should watch Paul Moreira’s ‘Masks of the Revolution’. They may then wish to ask France’s popular Canal Plus cable television channel why it has collaborated in the making of such a film and why it has scheduled its broadcast for Feb 1. | детальніше

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In Soviet Style FSB orders Crimean postal service to inform on dissidents

All post offices in Russian-occupied Crimea have been sent a list of Crimeans supposedly suspected of or sentenced for ‘extremism or terrorism’, and told to inform Russia’s FSB if any correspondence arrives for them or anybody asks for it | детальніше

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Council of Europe Human Rights Mission starts in Crimea

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, announced his decision to send a delegation to Crimea on Jan 25 in order to assess the human right situation on the peninsula. | детальніше

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Will the West accept Potemkim elections in Donbas?

The Kremlin-backed militants of the so-called ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics’ are refusing to allow Ukrainian parties to take part in their local elections. This alone would make Western recognition questionable and it is only one of multiple sticking points. | детальніше

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Court in Russian-occupied Crimea orders arrest of Mustafa Dzhemiliev

Almost two years after Russia banned world-renowned Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev from his native Crimea, a court in Simferopol has ordered his arrest, claiming that he "is hiding from the investigators" | детальніше

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Putin’s Crimean ‘Genocide’

The Crimean parliament in Russian-occupied Crimea has accused Ukraine of ‘genocide’ over the electricity blockade, ignoring the fact that it is Vladimir Putin who has ensured that Crimeans will long suffer critical shortages | детальніше

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Poland’s rightwing government plans sweeping powers for own party Prosecutor General

Poland’s new government has just passed a highly contentious law on police surveillance and is set to give the current Justice Minister powers never before held in democratic Poland | детальніше

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‘Clear Signs of Sabotage’ in Odesa 2 May Investigation

20 months after the deadly disturbances and fire in Odesa on May 2, 2014, Ukraine’s law enforcement bodies have not only failed to properly investigate the events and find those responsible, but are effectively sabotaging the investigation. | детальніше

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Free the Kremlin’s 20 Ukrainian Hostages Now

In the last two years, campaigns persecuting Ukrainians have become an entirely normalized and systemized form of Russian military aggression. | детальніше

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Far-right Le Pen party politician visits Donbas to investigate ‘Ukrainian war crimes’

After blocking UN peacekeepers, OSCE observers, international aid agencies and an international tribunal over the downing by militants of a passenger airline, Russia and its proxies in Donbas have brought in their own ‘human rights investigators’, led by Jacques Closterman, a French politician linked with Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front | детальніше

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The Minsk Agreement format should change

An attempt to look at the Minsk Agreement from the point of view of human rights | детальніше

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Crimea Blockade lawlessness or ’Kherson people’s republic’ provocateurs?

Seriously criminal activities have been reported near the border with Crimea by men wearing balaclavas & camouflage gear, with ominous efforts by Russian media and Kremlin-backed militants to claim that a ‘people’s revolt’ is brewing | детальніше

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Satirists rip into Russia’s ‘Humanitarian Convoys’ bearing death & grenades as ‘children’s toys’

Ukraine’s Mirko Sablich group have put out a new video clip exposing Russia’s lies over the so-called ‘humanitarian convoys’ illegally crossing into areas of Donbas under Kremlin-backed militant control. The bitter satire was in response to a pathos-filled propaganda stunt on the Russian State-controlled Channel One in which the convoys are referred to as ‘brotherly aid’ | детальніше

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In Putin’s new dodgy ‘referendum’ Crimeans asked to reject Ukrainian electricity

The vast majority of Crimeans are willing to forego electricity rather than sign a contract in which Crimea is referred to as part of Ukraine. This, at least, is the result of a ‘survey’ carried out, processed and reported less than 24 hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin decreed that Crimeans opinion should be asked | детальніше

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Poland’s new right-wing government takes a hatchet to rule of law & democracy

It is hopefully not possible to destroy democracy and rule of law in Poland overnight, but the country’s new President and ruling party certainly seem to be trying very hard. On Tuesday evening the ruling Prawo i Sprawiedliwość party [PiS, ‘Law & Justice’] pushed through a law which effectively paralyzes the Constitutional Tribunal | детальніше

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Ukraine’s leaders continue to stall on International Criminal Court

Unlike Russia, Ukraine is not denying Ukraine’s obligations under international law. Its leaders, however, would gain credibility if they stopped offering half-measures as though they had something to fear. | детальніше

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New Zaporizhya paid ‘separatist’ stunt linked with close Putin associate

The reports of plans to declare a so-called ‘Zaporizhya people’s republic’ and demands for ‘special status’ are disturbing both because of the obvious analogy with the Kremlin-backed ‘republics’ in Donbas, and due to the reported link with Viktor Medvedchuk, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin | детальніше

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Russia’s crimes in Crimea, not ending sanctions, should be on the West’s agenda,

There are certainly other parts of the world where rights are violated on a far greater scale. None, however, in a country which 21 years ago was given binding guarantees of security from Russia, the USA and Great Britain. The West has levers against Russian lawlessness and should use them | детальніше

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Right-wing Racist Polish MEP sings Russia’s praise in illegal trip to Crimea

Janusz Korwin-Mikke is notorious at home and in the European Parliament for views on migrants as ‘human trash”, overtly racist language and much more, but he is a welcome - and officially invited - guest for Russia and its occupation regime who can always be relied on for unwavering support of the Kremlin and all its policies | детальніше

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