Ukrainian Police Counter-Offensive
A day after the shocking video footage above of police ill-treatment of a captive protester and in the wake of other damning reports, the police are alleging attacks on their officers and pointing the finger at EuroMaidan activists
Maidan activist stripped naked by Berkut back and staying
On Friday the Maidan activist, Mykhailo Havryliuk who was stripped in freezing temperatures and beaten by Berkut officers told journalists of his ordeal and of his determination to keep fighting
A Voice From The Field of Battle And Governmental Duplicity
The government has usurped authority in the country in virtually an undisguised manner. All roads to a legal and democratic resolution of the socio-political conflict have been blocked.
Two Bankova Prisoners released
While excellent that Yaroslav Prytulenko and Volodymyr Kadura have been freed, Dzyndzya and Smaliy remain in custody, and the number of Hrushevsky St Prisoners is increasing. Those cases are no less dubious
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.
Berkut abandon young woman activist in the forest
Oleksandra Khailak, who has been working for the last 2 weeks as a volunteer for the Maidan medical services was handed over to Berkut by police when they saw her EuroMaidan badge.
Berkut undress and beat activist in freezing temperatures
A video posted on YouTube shows Berkut riot police and other officers in black Interior Forces uniform undressing and humilating a man detained on Hrushevsky St. Caught on video, the police have "apologised"
First “Hrushevsky Prisoners”
Three EuroMaidan activists – musician and film festival organizer Dmytro Moskalets, poet Yukhim Dyshkant and economic researcher Artur Kovalchuk have been remanded in custody for 2 months in court hearings bearing an ominous resemblance to those concerning the Bankova Prisoners
Chilling Echoes: Lutsenko, Verbytsky, Portnikov
Well-known journalist and civic activist Ihor Lutsenko is alive, but badly injured after being abducted from hospital, taken to a forest outside Kyiv and beaten up. Yury Verbytsky, abducted at the same time, remains missing, while Vitaly Portnikov has left the country out of fears for his safety
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.”.
Vaad Ukraine condemns efforts to use anti-Semitism for political gain
The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine demand adequate investigation of recent anti-Semitic attacks. They warn that given overt attempts to use the topic of anti-Semitism to discredit the opposition and civil protest movement, the Jewish community should be especially vigilant.
Titushki loose in central Kyiv: Take Care and Take Photos!
EuroMaidan activists are asking all journalists and others in the centre of Kyiv during this second night of unrest to take care and to take photos. Both are needed because of large numbers of “titushki or hired thugs swarming the centre
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
Stop Censorship calls for international sanctions against high-ranking officials
“Support human rights in Ukraine through real actions. We, journalists of the Stop Censorship movement, call on you to apply sanctions against those high-ranking officials responsible for unleashing violence in Ukraine”
More reports of journalists under fire
Radio Svoboda cameraman Ihor Ishakov after being detained and supposedly questioned as a witness. He and Dmytro Barkar were detained just after they videoed footage of a police officer aiming and shooting directly at them
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
Yevgeny Novitsky: I’m a foreign agent and I’m proud of it
Better than any legal commentary about the Russian look-alike attempt to stigmatize NGOs as “foreign agents” is this account from a father whose son’s leukemia and that suffered by other children could be treated thanks to help from abroad
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