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Crimean Tatar Mejlis given 24 hours to leave

18.09.14 | Halya Coynash 
If any Crimean Tatar had hoped that fears about Russia’s occupation of their homeland were unfounded, hope died on Sept 17. The Mejlis has been given 24 hours to ‘vacate’ their headquarters in Simferopol. Associations with the Deportation when all Crimean Tatars were given just half an hour to prepare for exile are perhaps exaggerated, however the reminders of Soviet repression are certainly increasing by the day

Journalist missing in Luhansk

Nothing has been heard from journalist Oleksandr Bilokobylsky since he set off on Sept 13 from Kharkiv to take food and medicines to relatives in Luhansk

Kremlin-backed militants continue ‘appropriating’ vehicles

On the same day that parliament in a secret vote passed a law giving areas controlled by pro-Russian militants special status, a Luhansk website reports another case where a car has simply been taken away by armed members of the self-proclaimed Luhansk people’s republic

Offensive against Crimean Tatars continues

The FSB, together with bailiffs, have arrived at the Mejlis building in Simferopol, while men waving machine guns have been carrying out more ‘searches’ of Crimean Tatar homes

Armed offensive against Crimean Tatar Mejlis

17.09.14 | Halya Coynash
The 11-hour search of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis ended with the FSB removing the minutes from several meetings of the Mejlis; religious books and personal items, belonging to Mustafa Dzhemiliev. It appears that Russia and its occupation regime, having failed to ‘tame’ or at least silence the Mejlis, are now resorting to open repression

What now? Donbas and Ukraine with the ‘special status law’

Serhiy Taruta, Donetsk Governor feels that the citizens of Donbas have been sold out by the laws passed in a secret vote on Tuesday, while a constitutional expert points out that the law makes no mention of removal of Russian troops or restoration of the State border

Remembering Georgy Gongadze and other slain journalists

In Kyiv on September 16 journalists, civic activists and others attended the now traditional gathering remembering slain journalist Georgy Gongadze and other journalists in Ukraine who died while carrying out their work.

No Limits to Russian Impunity?

16.09.14 | Halya Coynash
If President Poroshenko’s ‘special status’ draft bill for the parts of Donbas under Kremlin-backed militant control is passed, it will create the latest of Moscow’s frozen conflicts in Europe and make a bitter mockery of rule of law in Ukraine

Russia plans fast-track removal of Ukrainian refugees to Siberia

16.09.14 | Halya Coynash 
A new Russian decree instructs the authorities in occupied Crimea, as well as 10 Russian regions to send refugees from Ukraine to parts of the RF under a ‘voluntary settlement’ programme Siberia is meant and there’s nothing voluntary about it.

Armed men rip Ukrainian flag off Mejlis building

During the night after ‘elections’ organized by the occupation regime in the Crimea and boycotted by most Crimean Tatars, three men carried out a highly specific attack on the Mejlis building in Simferopol.

Official: Nearly 40 thousand refugees have returned to Donbas

The head of the State Emergency Service has reported that for the first time people are returning to eastern Ukraine, rather than leaving the area where fighting has been underway

Tortured by Kremlin-backed militants

15.09.14 | Halya Coynash
Assertions that the men whose bodies have been brought to a Zaporizhya morgue suffered horrific torture are corroborated not only by the harrowing photos, but by tales of soldiers or civilians held captive by militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic..

Crimean ‘elections’: boycott, spoilt ballot papers and pre-determined result

Any hopes that Russia’s occupation regime in the Crimea had of legitimizing its rule appear to have been in vain with most Crimean Tatars and many other Ukrainians boycotting the elections or writing ‘Glory to Ukraine!’ across the ballot paper

Seizure of Donetsk University – an attempt to destroy the future of Donbas

On Sept 10 heavily armed Kremlin-backed militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic took control of Donetsk National University

Five journalists not on the list of Kremlin-backed militants’ hostages

The 409 names on the list do not include Espreo journalist Yehor Vorobyov, Dmitry Potekhin, Yury Lelyavsky or two Kharkiv journalists not seen since the end of August

Menaces de poursuites judiciaires contre les Criméens qui votent en Ukraine

Sergei Aksenov, chef du gouvernement fantoche "élu" quelques heures après l’invasion de la Crimée par les forces armées russes, a menacé de poursuites judiciaires les Ukrainiens qui feraient le déplacement depuis la Crimée pour aller voter dans le district de Kherson aux élections parlementaires ukrainiennes d’octobre.

Des manifestations contre l’Ukraine sont organisées par les médias russes

A travers l’Europe, de nombreuses manifestations avec leurs cortèges de banderoles prétendant que l’Ukraine est coupable de "génocide" dans le Donbas etc. sont spécialement orchestrées pour, ou plutôt par, les médias russes.

Crimean Field Mission activists detained on Russian border

Russian border guards in the early hours of Sept 12 took Ukrainian national Olha Skrypnyk and her husband Vissarion Aseyev, a Russian national, off the train from Moscow to Odessa

New Muftiat and Mosque Seizures as Divide and Rule in the Crimea?

12.09.14 | Halya Coynash 
The first pronouncements by the head of a new mufftiat formed in the Crimea and a scandalous mosque seizure have aroused suspicion that the moves are aimed at creating a schism among Crimean Muslims and weakening the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People which has consistently opposed Russia’s occupation of the Crimea.

Russia claims release of Savchenko and Sentsov not part of Minsk deal

12.09.14 | Halya Coynash
Russia does not consider a Ukrainian officer taken prisoner by Kremlin-backed militants and abducted to Russia to be part of the exchange of prisoners agreed at the Minsk negotiations. A spokesperson claimed that the charges against Nadiya Savchenko and four opponents of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea were "serious"