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Ethnic raids in the Crimea

The occupation ‘authorities’ in the Crimea have now resorted to armed raids of markets and cafes in Simferopol with people obviously targeted by officers from the ’department for countering extremism’ because of ‘non-Slavonic appearance’

Mustafa Dzhemiliev: The sacrifice was not in vain

"The Heavenly Hundred through their deaths prevented the death of many other people. And Ukraine took a step forward. Thanks to such acts society consolidate and a nation emerges. Please note how we have united, regardless of origin or faith. We all say that we are Ukrainians"

Russian soldiers’ deaths in Ukraine: A web of lies and fake social network pages

21.11.14 | Halya Coynash
The Russian authorities are still citing the state secrets act or medical confidentiality to avoid telling the truth about soldiers, some conscripts, killed in fighting in Ukraine. They have even tried to pretend that the Pskov paratroopers killed are still alive, with fake VKontakte social network entries

One in Five Ukrainians took part in EuroMaidan

If overall throughout the country 37.9% of respondents viewed Euromaidan as a conscious struggle by citizens who had united to defend their rights, this was as high as 70% in the West of Ukraine, and only 3.2% in Donbas

Russian military presence reported in latest UN report

Over 4,300 people were killed between mid-April and Nov 18 in eastern Ukraine, with almost one thousand wounded. 957 deaths have been recorded since the ‘ceasefire’ supposedly came into force

Continuing attack on Crimean Tatar Mejlis and Crimea Foundation

A court in Simferopol has imposed massive fines on the Crimea Foundation and its director in what the latter calls the latest step in a politically-motivated attack aimed at destroying the Foundation.

Lustration law to face Constitutional Court scrutiny

Supporters of the recent lustration law have slammed the decision by Ukraine’s Supreme Court to seek judgment on the law’s constitutionality. Their suspicions as to the motives of those courts which oppose the law may be shared, however so too are concerns about the law in question

Law on Internally Displaced Persons finally passed into Law

President Poroshenko has signed a law regulating the status and rights of people forced to leave their homes in the Crimea or Donbas. The law was long overdue even when adopted by parliament on Oct 20 and a month later the delay was simply incomprehensible

Foul Desecration of Monument at Babyn Yar

19.11.14 | Halya Coynash
This attack at the site of a terrible Nazi crime comes just days after prominent Ukrainian Jewish organizations warned of the need for vigilance, calm and unity in the face of a dishonest propaganda campaign around anti-Semitism in Ukraine and likely attempts at provocation

Donbas Ukrainians feel betrayed

19.11.14 | Halya Coynash
The Ukrainian government has issued a blow to people living in areas under the control of Kremlin-backed militants.  That at least is how many view measures which could leave some of the most vulnerable people in Donbas without pensions, or access to hospitals, etc.

Brutal beating of Berdychiv prisoners

There is an ominous sense of déjà vu about reports that prisoners at a Ukrainian corrective colony have been beaten during a ‘search’ only weeks after reports that 20 prisoners had gone on hunger strike in protest at conditions and treatment.

Putin’s Media Cocoon, Spun with German Help

18.11.14 | Halya Coynash
Vladimir Putin’s early departure from G20 probably made sense. At home both his press service and the media have ensured that most Russians learn nothing of his humiliation in Brisbane. They hear plenty, however, of a German TV interview that provided exactly the gentle uncritical questions Putin has come to expect.

Most Russians believe information war is against Russia

Around 80% of Russians believe that Ukraine on the one hand, and the USA and western countries on the other are waging an information war against Russia. Only 12% often read information which gives a version of events in Ukraine which differs greatly from that on Russian television and other federal media

In Ukraine, Grief, Pride, and Anger as Families remember Euromaidan Dead

18.11.14 | Clare Bigg
Millions of Ukrainians will be honouring the more than 110 EuroMaidan activists who lost their lives in the protests that began a year ago this week

Warning of increase in inter-ethnic tension over Crimean Mosque arson attacks

Both the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People and the Mufti of Muslims of the Crimea have expressed concern over the arson attack late in the evening of Nov 12 on a mosque in the village of Sonetchnaya Dolina

Journalist in captivity for 100 days

Luhansk journalist and chief editor of the Internet public Polityka 2.0, Serhiy Sakadynsky, held by the Kremlin-backed militants for 100 days, has been moved from a basement in Luhansk to Krasny Luch

Israeli ambassador sees no particular problem with anti-Semitism in Ukraine

Eli Belotserkovsky was one of the guests at conferences held by Jewish organizations in Kyiv who have agreed to form a Council and call a congress aimed at ensuring that on key issues Jewish organizations speak with a united voice


14.11.14 | Halya Coynash
Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia on Nov 15. Please encourage journalists to ask Putin questions that pack a punch, but that only foreigners can ask without risking being hit literally!

G20 Putin Pack: Moscow’s specific funding for the Donbas ’elections’

14.11.14 | Halya Coynash
On why Russia organized and paid for the ‘observers’ of the ‘elections’ in Donbas it is now only ‘respecting’, not ‘recognizing’ and why for both its Crimean ‘referendum’ and for the Donbas ‘elections’ its ‘observer missions’ were made up of far-right, neo-Nazi or Stalinist politicians