war crimes in Ukraine

The Tribunal for Putin (T4P) global initiative was set up in response to the all-out war launched by Russia against Ukraine in February 2022.

From Russia with arms and ammunition

Halya Coynash

Earlier seizure of SBU building

On Monday night three Russian military Ural trucks filled with armed men and almost certainly arms were filmed travelling from Antratsyt via Krasny Luch in the Luhansk oblast towards Devaltsevo and Slovyansk. 

Two days earlier some supposed Don Cossacks arrived from Novoshakhtinsk (Rostov region, Russia) and unloaded weapons in the courtyard of the Antratsyt administration building.  This, according to Mykola Kozyrev, head of the Helsinki Human Rights Union and himself from Luhansk, they were able to do without any obstruction. Nor were they stopped from handing out the weapons to “patriots”.

In Luhansk the self-proclaimed “peoples’s governor”, Valery Bolotov, surrounded by armed men, announced on Monday that he was taking all authorities:  law enforcement, administrative, tax, even penitentiary, under his control. He read out an “order” about the holding of a “referendum” on May 11.  This will contain one question: “Do you support the Act proclaiming the state independence of the Luhansk People’s Republic?”

He added that there would be no problem with voters’ lists, ballot papers etc.  Nor with its purported result, one can assume, judging by the way the “referendum” in the Crimea was organized and “observed” and its results falsified,

Oleg Tsaryov who recently withdrew his candidacy for president and started an organization called “South – East” was present and stated confidently that the May 25 presidential elections would not take place.  His grandiose plans for “Novorossiya” are reported by the Russian propaganda channel LifeNews.  Tsaryov follows Russian president Vladimir Putin as stating that this new “country” of Novorossiya can be based on the Odessa, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Zaporizhya, Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts.

On Monday the presidium of the Luhansk regional council issued a statement saying that elections were now impossible, and that the agreement of Feb 21 should be restored.  This would reinstate Viktor Yanukovych, who is in hiding under Russian protection in the Rostov region from which the Ural trucks with armed men came. 

Russia’s representative to the UN, Vitaliy Churkin is reported as having tweeted that he cannot exclude the possibility that many volunteers will soon be coming to Ukraine. “This does not mean that the Russians have invaded Ukraine. It is the personal matter of each individual”.

All of this is happening as the 2012 Nobel Peace Laureate, the European Union is once again refusing to strengthen sanctions against Russia.  

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