MH17 trial witnesses demolish Russian denial of involvement in downing of civilian plane
Two witnesses reported being at the site from which the fatal missile was launched while others had heard about or seen the Russian BUK missile launcher which was hurriedly returned to Russia following the disaster
Russia and its proxy Luhansk ‘republic’ join Belarus in attack on abducted journalist Roman Protasevich
Donbas militants have joined Russian and Belarusian state-controlled media in attempts to discredit Roman Protasevich who was seized when Belarus effectively hijacked a plane heading for Vilnius on 23 May
Czech Republic sentences Donbas fighter to 20 years on terrorism charges
This is not the first trial of pro-Russian Czech fighters and judging by the recent arrest of five other individuals on terrorist charges, is unlikely to be the last.
Ill-fated Donbas propaganda film goes hilariously wrong in Russian-occupied Crimea
Russian and pro-Russian propagandists are shouting ‘sabotage’ after the first attempt in Russian-occupied Sevas to show a propaganda film about the fighting in the self-proclaimed ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [‘LPR’] misfired
Abducted journalist’s life is in danger in Belarus. Not only his while Lukashenko and Putin get away with terrorism
Belarus hijacked a Ryanair plane in order to seize Belarusian opposition journalist Roman Protasevich. Will there be more than deep concern?
Russian militant who brought war to Ukraine may become MP for Putin’s United Russia party
Alexander Borodai was ‘prime minister’ of the so-called ‘Donetsk republic’ until the downing of MH17 by a Russian BUK missile prompted Moscow to remove the Russians in charge of a purportedly ‘Ukrainian separatist republic
Ukraine to try ex-militant for torturing hostages at ‘Izolyatsia’ secret prison in occupied Donetsk
Yevhen Brazhnikov is to go on trial in Ukraine a year and a half after his inclusion in the list of hostages and prisoners of war released by the Russian-controlled militants in Donbas aroused anger and bemusement
Russia inadvertently reveals how it poured ammunition into Ukraine in 2015
Independent journalists have used a Russian railway tracking service to confirm how Moscow sent thousands of tons of ‘explosive substances’ to occupied Donbas in early 2015 and to identify the Russian military sites from which they were sent.
Intercepted phone calls incriminate MH17 defendants and show extent of Russia's control over war in Ukraine
Journalists from the Dutch public broadcaster NOS have published what appear to be intercepted calls involving all of the defendants in the trial now underway in the Netherlands
Why would Russian Wikipedia censor information on the Donetsk Izolyatsia secret prison?
Russian Wikipedia is proposing to delete its entry on the ‘Izolyatsia’ secret prison in Donetsk, with the reasons cited including problems with neutrality and, most incredibly, lack of importance
Key insurgent admits there was no civil war, just Russian aggression
Pavel Gubarev has acknowledged that the ‘people’s uprising’ in the Donetsk oblast in 2014 was nothing of the sort, and that without Russian involvement, it would have remained a “usual, unarmed and toothless street protest”.
Czech gets 15 years on terrorism charges for fighting for Russian-controlled Donbas militants
This is the first time that a Czech court has found a person fighting for the militants guilty of terrorism. Russia’s attempts to legitimize its proxy ‘republics’ in Donbas are not working.
Putin threatens to increase Russia’s ‘support’ for occupied Donbas
A week after the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced grounds for investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity on occupied Ukrainian territory, Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened a further build-up in what he termed ‘support’ for Russia’s proxy Donbas ‘republics’
International Criminal Court finds grounds to investigate war crimes in occupied Crimea and Donbas
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court [ICC], Fatou Bensouda has found reasonable grounds for believing that war crimes and crimes against humanity, falling within ICC jurisdiction
Czech gets 3-year sentence for fighting in Donbas on side of Russian-controlled militants
Pavel Kafka had claimed that he went to Donbas to ’help the homeless and work in a hospital
Important move by ECHR merges Dutch case against Russia over MH17 with Ukraine’s case over aggression in Donbas
The European Court of Human Rights’ Grand Chamber has decided to combine Ukraine’s interstate case against the Russian Federation over its actions in eastern Ukraine with two other cases, most importantly, that brought by the Netherlands against Russia over the downing by a Russian BUK missile of Malaysian airliner MH17
Hague Court rejects Russian MH17 defendant’s attempt to endlessly investigate ‘alternative versions’
The pre-trial stage is now over, and the charges against three ’former’ Russian FSB and military intelligence officers, as well as one Ukrainian militant, will be examined on their merits from 1 February 2021
Russia accuses Netherlands of hostile actions in seeking justice for MH17 victims
Russia has announced that it is exiting ’trilateral consultations’ with Australia and the Netherlands over MH17, claiming that the Netherlands is acting in a hostile manner by taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights over its role in the downing of the passenger airliner
Ukraine brings criminal charges against Russian Orthodox priest involved in torturing POWs
Although the SBU do not name the man, it is likely that it is Boris Khlypytko who is accused of having taken part in brutal interrogations and torture of prisoners of war in the Donetsk oblast
Former Ilovaisk POW takes Russia and its bank in Ukraine to court over military aggression in Donbas
Volodymyr Fomitsky, a former volunteer soldier from Kryvy Rih, and his lawyer have filed a legal suit for compensation from the Russian Federation over his imprisonment by Russian soldiers following the Battle of Ilovaisk in late August 2014