Crimea occupation regime toughens peaceful assembly rules
The puppet government in the Crimea has adopted a law imposing new rules on holding protests and other mass actions on the peninsula. The law largely follows the analogous Russian law and considerably narrows the rights of Crimean residents
Crimean Tatar Flag Day event also banned
Just over a month after the occupation regime went all out to prevent the remembrance events marking the seventieth anniversary of the Deportation, the Simferopol City Council has refused to allow events to mark Crimean Tatar Flag Day from being held in the centre of the city
Kharkiv: Pro-Russian thugs beat up peaceful protesters (updated)
About 50 people were injured after people demonstrating their support for Ukraine’s unity were attacked from all sides by a few hundred young men with St George ribbons, bats, sticks and stun grenades
Kharkiv unity rally cancelled as fears rise of separatist provocation
In Donetsk, Luhansk and Kharkiv pro-Russian, separatist and also pro-Yanukovych rallies took place on Saturday, and there are fears that Sunday’s rallies could lead to violence.
Real Measures from Democratic Countries needed now
The text below was written as an appeal to the heads of all European Parliament factions, asking them to support a permanent observer mission to Ukraine. The information also, I hope, explains why targeted sanctions and other active measures now are vitally needed to restrain Ukraine’s leaders and prevent further bloodshed
Blood and Berkut Sniper Bullets on the President’s Hands
The following are just a few of the day’s events that strip any regime of its legitimacy. More will become clearer over the coming days and weeks. Time however is not on Ukrainians’ side now that Yanukovych, doubtless buoyed – or bound – by yesterday’s 2 billion loan from Russia has chosen bloodshed.
Open threats and covert plans as ‘hostage law’ deadline nears
Repressive measures and overt blackmail as the deadline for compliance with a so-called ‘amnesty law’ approaches have coincided with ominous reports of plans for extending police powers to curtail peaceful protest if the conditions are not met.
Another EuroMaidan protester dies
Businessman Bohdan Kalynyak from Kolomiya has died of hypothermia after two months on Maidan, and shortly after coming under attack when Berkut used a water cannon in temperatures well below zero
Where is AutoMaidan leader Dmytro Bulatov?
Despite obvious grounds for concern over the disappearance a week ago of prominent AutoMaidan leader Dmytro Bulatov, the police appear to be doing nothing
AutoMaidan activists ambushed, leader still missing
More AutoMaidan activists have been found in Kyiv police stations following the events of Wednesday night which singer Ruslana has called “brazen and unconcealed terror on the streets of Kyiv.” Chillingly it is now well over 24 hours since any contact with Dmytro Bulatov, one of the leaders of the AutoMaidan movement.
Mejlis demands extraordinary session of parliament to revoke Jan 16 anti-protest laws
"Faithful to the principle of non-violence which is the basis of the Crimean Tatar national movement, [the Mejlis calls on all Ukrainian citizens, all nationalities in the Crimea to stand up in defence of civil rights and liberties.”.
Six Kyiv students in custody
Seven students from the Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television were detained on Monday morning when returning from Maidan Nezalezhnosti. One has been released, the others are accused of involvement in the Hrushevsky St confrontation
SBU General: Police in breach of the Constitution on Hrushevsky St
The combat grenades used by police against protesters on Hrushevsky St are for use against terrorists and criminals, a former deputy head of the SBU [Security Service] says
Whether or not the disturbances on Hrushevsky St were initiated by specially commissioned provocateurs, after last week’s legislative coup, they were very widely predicted
Writers, journalists and activists hand themselves in
In one of a number of original protests, activists have come to a SIZO [remand prison’ to confess for the masks (saucepans and bowls…) on their heads, their car procession and other “offences” as per the new anti-protest law
Signed into Dictatorship
It is now official: the president has signed a number of bills overtly aimed at crushing peaceful protest and freedom of speech, and silencing journalists, civic activists and all active members of civil society
Legal analysis of the Jan 16 laws
This analysis of the procedural violations and infringements of Ukrainian and international legislation in the laws voted on in parliament on Jan 16 was provided to EuroMaidan SOS by a group of lawyers.
Yanukovych’s Dangerous Blitzkrieg
It seems likely that the president has already signed into law some of the most scandalous and disastrous bills voted on through a show of hands and multiple procedural irregularities in parliament on Thursday.
Ruling party absolves Berkut of liability for Nov 30
Among the “laws” adopted by the ruling majority during a gravely flawed parliamentary vote on Thursday was one which expands the amnesty law to cover those guilty of beating peaceful protesters and journalists on Nov 30, Dec 1 and other occasions linked with the EuroMaidan protests
Ukraine’s ruling majority slips in dangerously repressive law
A draft law “passed” in full by the ruling majority in parliament on Jan 16 criminalizes libel, labels and restricts civic associations receiving foreign grants as “foreign agents” and imposes and substantially increases liability for any forms of protest. If the president does not veto the bill, it will set Ukraine’s democracy back by years.