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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

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

Russian Media hype over ban on parliamentary communist faction [Updated]

24.07.14 | Halya Coynash
Russia’s LifeNews has found a new crusader “for the truth” against the “nationalist-fascist regime in Kyiv” in the figure of Petro Symonenko’s whose communist party faction in parliament dissolved on Thursday.

No Sanctions Game Changer?

23.07.14 | Halya Coynash
Tough words and stern warnings from EU leaders after the shooting down of MH17 resulted in yet more tough words and imprecise warnings at Tuesday’s EU meeting. This is despite unequivocal US reports suggesting that the blame lies fully with Kremlin-backed and Russian-armed militants and signs that vital evidence has been tampered with

Will the West sleep through this final wake-up call?

21.07.14 | Halya Coynash
The black boxes from the MH17 disaster are in Kremlin-backed militants’ hands, the man able to change this, Vladimir Putin has done nothing. Noises have been made by EU countries about ‘considering new sanctions’, yet France’s sale of Mistral war ships to Russia has not been cancelled, and no other specific measures indicated

Transport blockade can help return Crimea to Ukraine

Several foreign sea and aircraft are still coming to the Crimea despite the ban and threat of sanctions following Russia’s annexation of the Crimea. A project entitled ‘Blacklist’ has been initiated as a response with online publication of a list of all those vessels and aircraft illegally getting to the peninsula’s ports.

ECHR could take years to reach judgement on annexation of the Crimea

Legal experts are united in agreeing with Ukraine’s Justice Ministry that Ukraine has every chance of winning its claim against Russia over the latter’s annexation of the Crimea and violations of human rights then and since. They are less optimistic that Russia will implement the likely ECHR judgement, and also warn that it could take years for the judgement to be passed.

Russia Today’s “Genocide in Eastern Ukraine”: Sick, distorted and deleted

16.07.14 | Halya Coynash
The Kremlin-funded TV channel Russia Today has first shown, and then removed, a film in which it claims that ’the junta’ in Kyiv and its ’Nazi mercenaries’ are carrying out genocide, ethnic cleansing and starving its population, while children are being taught Nazi slogans and salutes.

A Shared EU – Russian Fiction

15.07.14 | Halya Coynash
A more cynical fiction than the addition of 11 Kremlin-backed militants to a meaningless EU blacklist instead of real economic sanctions against Russia as aggressor would be difficult to imagine. Except perhaps the latest calls for ‘peace negotiations’ made by Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the World Cup final

New low in Russia’s propaganda war

14.07.14 | Halya Coynash
Russian TV’s latest propaganda stunt with an alleged witness account of the three-year-old son of a militant being crucified has aroused warranted outrage. It is unfortunately part of a relentless barrage of propaganda deliberately used to fuel Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine

Justice Ministry seeks ban on Communist Party

The move is allegedly based on considerable evidence provided by the SBU or Security Service and Prosecutor General’s Office of the CPU’s active support and financing of separatists

Russia’s Long-range Anti-extremism Weapon

09.07.14 | Halya Coynash
A new law just signed into force in Russia envisages penalties of up to 5 years imprisonment for what are termed ‘calls to extremist activity via the Internet’. With a key Crimean Tatar newspaper deemed extremist for using such unkind words as ‘annexation’ and ‘Russian occupation’, the dangers from this law are surely clear. There is, however, more with the Kremlin planning measures aimed at detecting and nipping ‘extremist ideology’ in the bud.

Russian media allege US RAND Corporation plan to kill militants

A number of Russian media, as well as sites claiming to expose human rights violations in Ukraine, have published reports on the basis of a spurious text from the Before it’s News website

Zhytomir journalist taken hostage in Donetsk oblast

Bohdan Lysenko, a freelance journalist from Zhytomir has been taken hostage. According to Telekritika’s sources who refused to give their names out of considerations for the journalist’s safety, Lysenko was at a training base of the Russian battalion “Vostok”.

Refat Chubarov also banned from the Crimea

In the latest of a number of outrages by the regime in the Crimea under Russian occupation, the head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Refat Chubarov thas been prevented from returning to the Crimea following the meeting of the Mejlis in Henychesk, Kherson oblast

Militants accused of deliberately shooting at Severodonetsk residential area

An investigation carried out by the Luhansk Regional branch of the Committee of Voters of Ukraine suggests that the shooting of residential homes and a school-orphanage was carried out by Kremlin-backed Cossacks with the aim of using the Russian media to claim this to have been carried out by the Ukrainian military

Or We’ll slap on more threats

05.07.14 | Halya Coynash
Exactly one month ago, the leaders of the G7 gave Russia one month to stop facilitating violence in eastern Ukraine. A month later the search is on for feel-good ways of getting out of keeping their word.

Sharp increase in Ukrainian support for joining NATO

A survey just published probably indicates that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is having one effect that Russian president Vladimir Putin doubtless does not want. The number of people who would support Ukraine’s joining NATO has increased considerably and is continuing to rise.

Sent to be shot

03.07.14 | Halya Coynash
A Forbes Russia journalist who was close by when Russian TV 1, or Pervy Kanal, correspondent Anatoly Klyan was killed on Sunday evening, has suggested the real role assigned journalists on that fatal trip. They were taken there to come under fire.