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Stand up to Putin: buy Polish apples!

A day after the EU and USA announced harder-hitting sanctions, Russia has bitten back by banning Polish fruit and vegetables. This is not the first time that Poland has faced punitive economic sanctions over its position on Ukraine. Surely a good moment for Ukrainians to show solidarity.

Ukraine can demand the arrest of ships which enter Crimean ports

Ukraine is entitled to demand that ships which have bypassed Ukrainian legislation and international law by docking in Crimean ports are arrested in any port in the world. .

Russians support Kremlin-backed militants, but don’t want open war

Russia’s authoritative Levada Centre has made public its latest public opinion survey which continues to show huge support for the Kremlin-backed militants in eastern Ukraine. Since it also finds that for 94% of the population, television is their main source of information, this is probably not surprising,

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

30.07.14 | Halya Coynash
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

Russian TV helps prosecution in Nadya Savchenko case

29.07.14 | Halya Coynash | comments: 1
Russia has thus far proven unable to credibly explain how Nadya Savchenko came to be in Russian detention and to be charged with involvement in the deaths of a Russian journalist and cameraman. It is instead applying dubious tactics to ensure that the questions are either not asked, or not heard. Not for the first time, Russian TV has been assigned a key role.

Kremlin-armed militants continue to terrorise and use children as hostages

40 children from a Luhansk children’s home abducted by Kremlin-backed militants on Saturday are now in Ukraine and safe, however militants are still refusing to allow the evacuation of other children with medical conditions from the area of fighting

Crimean Tatar newspapers again suspected of ‘extremism”

In yet another unpleasant echo of Soviet times, two Crimean Tatar newspapers – ‘Avdet’ and ‘Kyyrym’ - have been ‘denounced’ for allegedly ‘circulating extremist material’

Ongoing harassment of ethnic Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars & others in Crimea

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has pointed to ongoing concerns, the imprisonment of Oleg Sentsov and three other activists; the banning of Refat Chubarov and Mustafa Dzhemiliev from their homeland; religious harassment; and much more, with none of its previous recommendations implemented

UN: Reign of Fear and Terror inflicted by armed groups

The latest report by the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights documents how armed groups in eastern Ukraine “continue to abduct, detain, torture and execute people kept as hostages in order to intimidate and “to exercise their power over the population in raw and brutal ways.”

Russia justifies State-sponsored Abductions

28.07.14 | Halya Coynash
The head of Russia’s Investigative Committee has suggested that Russia needs new legislative and other changes to enable it to abduct and take to Russia all those it suspects of crimes against Russians. He claims that this is following western countries’ lead and that Russia has a history-given right to fight fascists and ‘nationalists’ in this way

Polish journalist seriously injured in eastern Ukraine

Bianka Zalewska, a Polish journalist working for the Ukrainian channel Espreso TV received serious injuries on Sunday near Starobielsk in the Luhansk oblast. She has been moved to a hospital in Kharkiv

FSB on the hunt for new ‘suspects’ in the Sentsov ‘terrorism’ case

Russia’s FSB has issued summonses to the heads of the Karman Art Centre whom they suspect of involvement in what they claim was a terrorist conspiracy organized by renowned Crimean film director Oleg Sentsov. The FSB seems to find first aid courses particularly ‘suspicious’.

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.

Kremlin-backed militants abduct infants with special medical needs

40 infants in need of constant medical care have been abducted by Kremlin-backed militants from a children’s home in Luhansk who were planning to take them – without the necessary documentation and vital medical records into Russia.

Whose war?

25.07.14 | Halya Coynash
The shooting down of MH17 has led to harsh words used about Moscow’s very major role in providing the arms and military technology, men and training for artificially manufactured unrest (and bitterly real bloodshed), but left terminology, like ‘civil war’ and ‘separatist’ largely intact

Moscow court convicts Udaltsov and Razvozzhaev on ‘riots’ charges

Leonid Razvozzhaev, the Russian asylum seeker abducted in Kyiv and taken to Moscow has been convicted, together with Left Front activist Sergei Udaltsov of ‘organizing mass riots”. The men’s "patriotic position" in supporting the Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas did not prevent a guilty verdict which most observers see as politically motivated

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