Kremlin-backed militants abduct Protestant pastor
One of three people detained by militants on Friday – Pastor Alexander Khomchenko – remains in captivity. For these pro-Russian militants a protestant pastor is a spy and ‘enemy’
Not only militants guilty of taking priests prisoner
It has unfortunately become clear that Pastor Alexander Kobzev from the Church of Christ was not as believed abducted by Kremlin-backed militants, but by people who identified themselves as being from Right Sector
Driver abducted while trying to evacuate an invalid
Yevgeny Frantsuk was abducted on Aug 3 in Shakhtyorsk while trying to evacuate a patient from the hospital on Filatov St
Three journalists missing in Donetsk oblast
Three journalists working in the area where Ukraine’s anti-terrorist operation [ATO] is underway have not been seen since August 1. Claims that they were detained by the National Guard have been denied
Two Stakhanov journalists abducted
There is still no contact with two Stakhanov journalists - Yevgeny Shlyakhtin and Yevgeny Timofeyev – who were abducted by Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic.on July 31
Horlivka Evacuation Coordinator abducted by Kremlin-backed militants (updated)
Konstantin Piskun has been released! The coordinator of evacuation from Horlivka in the Donetsk oblast was seized on Wednesday at around 11.00 by militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. Evacuation efforts were suspended and an urgent request for help issued to ensure Piskun’s release and enable vital help to innocent civilians to resume
Crimean puppet regime seeks to amnesty thugs and abductors
Crimea’s puppet government is seeking to remove any liability for the actions of the so-called ‘self-defence’ or paramilitary militia units in beating up and abducting people, or committing other violations, during the first month after Russia effectively invaded and annexed the Crimea..”
Pastor abducted in Donetsk oblast
Alexander Kobzev, Pastor of the Church of Christ and one of the participants in the inter-faith prayer marathon in Donetsk, has almost certainly been abducted by Kremlin-backed militants
CPJ: Attacks on journalists in Ukraine lead to information vacuum
The Committee to Protect Journalists spoke with journalists in eastern Ukraine like Alexei Matsuka from News of Donbas. He told them that there are no independent journalists left in Donetsk. All fled after the Kremlin-backed militants began targeting and abducting reporters
Abducted Roman Catholic priest released by militants
Father Viktor Wąsowicz, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Horlivka was released on Saturday after being held hostage by Kremlin-backed militants for two weeks. Anton Skyba, a Donetsk journalist seized on July 22 was also [separately] released.
Lviv journalist taken hostage for a second time
Yury Lelyavsky, a freelance journalist reporting for ZIK has once again been taken hostage by Kremlin-backed militants. According to a friend and fellow journalist Vlad Yakushev, this time he was seized in the Luhansk oblast where the anti-terrorist operation is underway
Donetsk journalist Anton Skyba abducted by Kremlin-backed militants
On Tuesday evening, July 22, Kremlin-backed militants abducted a freelance journalist working for CNN. He was taken to the SBU building which the militants have seized
Whereabouts of four Crimean civic activists still unknown
Four civic activists known for their opposition to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea have not been seen since they disappeared back in May. Friends and colleagues are convinced that they were seized by the Russian security services
Nigerian student among latest to be abducted by militants
Adighibenma Wayne, a Nigerian student studying at the Luhansk Medical University, is one of 5 people from African countries to have been abducted by Kremlin-backed militants in the last week. Judging by one Russian report, the militants are using the men they abduct for forced labour.
ECHR orders release from custody of Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s son
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to release from custody Khaiser Dzhemiliev, son of the Crimean Tatar leader and Ukrainian MP, Mustafa Dzhemiliev. Khaiser is being held in detention in the Crimea despite two rulings from Ukrainian courts ordering his release
Russian lies about Slovyansk church members murdered by militants
Faced with the murder by Kremlin-backed militants of four members of a Slovyansk evangelical church, Russia’s state-owned ‘Voice of Russia’ radio could have stayed silent. It opted for a far more cynical approach. Against all evidence, it reports that the men were murdered by the Ukrainian army for helping ‘insurgents’.
Polish Catholic priest seized by Kremlin-backed militants
A Polish Roman Catholic priest from Horlivka, Father Viktor Wąsowicz has been taken hostage by the Kremlin-backed militants whom certain EU leaders are joining Russia in insisting that Ukraine holds peace negotiations with.
New attempts to forcibly take orphans to Russia
150 children from two school orphanages have become hostages to the Kremlin-backed militants and are again in danger of being taken, against their will, to Russia.
Greek Catholic Priest taken hostage by militants freed
Father Tkhon has been released and is in a safe place after being held by militants from the so-called ‘Russian Orthodox Army’. According to Pastor Sergey Kosyak Father Tikhon is in a very bad state both physically and mentally