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Mariupol residents form human chain against Russian aggression

More than a thousand residents of the port city of Mariupol joined arms on Saturday in a human chain at a checkpoint outside the city in the direction of Novoazovsk, Large trenches have also been dug to defend the city from invasion by Russian troops or Kremlin-backed militants

Attacked for asking why Russian paratroopers died fighting in Ukraine

30.08.14 | Halya Coynash
Lev Shlosberg, an opposition politician and journalist in Pskov was seriously attacked late on Friday evening, days after he divulged information about the Pskov paratroopers whose death in Ukraine Russia has been trying to conceal.

The Russian Invasion and Deaths Putin didn’t mention

29.08.14 | Halya Coynash
Why should Russia be in no doubt of ‘serious consequences’ when even with evidence pouring in of direct involvement by Russian forces using Russian tanks and sophisticated arms on Ukrainian territory, western leaders largely continued to rehash old warnings?

Mariupol: Putin get out!

In Mariupol around three thousand people held a demonstration on Thursday, protesting against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Russian ’Resolution’ of a Russian-manufactured Crisis

28.08.14 | Halya Coynash
A plan described by Finland’s foreign ministry as “secret talks between the US and Russia” will create a frozen conflict in eastern Ukraine. Just what the Kremlin wants to hear. And there’s more

Russian NGO has list of 400 killed or wounded Russian soldiers

It looks extremely likely that at least some of the considerable number of men from the Caucuses long known to be fighting on the side of the Kremlin-backed militants in eastern Ukraine are or died as soldiers of the Russian Army.

If Russia is not at war, then who is in those freshly-dug graves?

27.08.14 | Halya Coynash
Russians are also now asking hard-hitting questions as macabre efforts continue in Pskov and other parts of Russia to conceal the death or injury of a large number of soldiers sent to fight Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine

Macabre Convoy: Cargo 200 from Ukraine to Russia

26.08.14 | Halya Coynash
There is more and more evidence that Russian soldiers are fighting – and dying – on Ukrainian territory, and that the so-called ‘humanitarian convoy’ may have been used to take the dead back to Russia

Invasion by any other name

23.08.14 | Halya Coynash
The suspicion that Russia’s ‘humanitarian convoy’ was being used to divert attention from other activities was probably confirmed on Aug 23. Western leaders concentrated only on that undoubted violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty while ignoring NATO reports of direct Russian military incursions

Children deployed in Russia’s anti-Ukrainian propaganda

22.08.14 | Halya Coynash
1960s Soviet propaganda was nothing in comparison to how children are being used now both by Kremlin-backed militants and to push Moscow’s extremely specific version of events in eastern Ukraine

Half-empty or half-emptied?

15.08.14 | Halya Coynash
First journalist reports suggest that a number of the Russian unmarked trucks in the ‘humanitarian convoy’ have little in them at all. Unlike the Russian military equipment accompanying them and the military vehicles which crossed into Ukraine overnight

Repressive media restrictions dropped in law on sanctions

Parliament has adopted Law No. 4453a on international sanctions for supporting and financing terrorism in Ukraine, however the highly contentious provisions which would have enabled Ukraine’s Security and Defence Council to restrict or close Ukrainian media were withdrawn

Poland knows about Russian ‘humanitarian convoys’. It didn’t let one in.

14.08.14 | Halya Coynash
Poland has also been through a ‘humanitarian convoy’ crisis. It came through it unscathed by refusing to allow the convoy in. Georgia was less fortunate.

Serious failings seen in new ‘lustration’ bill

Volodymyr Yavorsky, lawyer and human rights specialist, has subjected the latest draft law on lustration to close analysis and his verdict is not good. Instead of defending democracy, lustration as per this bill would be more likely to turn into a mechanism of selective political persecution of officials and would destroy independent institutions.

Odessa "Massacre" Propaganda vs. the Facts

11.08.14 | Halya Coynash
The tragic events in Odessa on May 2, 2014, are rapidly being transformed into a propaganda campaign for Moscow. The facts are now available and need to be widely known. By allowing outrageous claims of a fascist ‘massacre’ to go unrefuted, we risk proving yet again how very little human beings learn from history.

Without Double Standards

07.08.14 | Halya Coynash
The text below was written out of concern that on a reputable site readers have received extremely misleading information about the events in Odessa on May 2 and a version of events from EuroMaidan to the downing of MH17 which fully corresponds with that presented by the Kremlin and Russian media

Suspect in Tetyana Chornovol attack receives asylum in Russia

07.08.14 | Halya Coynash
Russia is claiming to have flouted an extradition treaty with Ukraine because of the supposed ‘politics’ in the case. The politics can certainly be seen – in the highly specific presentation of the case by the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper

Ukraine’s government too slow in protecting Crimeans’ rights

The cabinet of ministers has still not adopted 10 resolutions and other normative acts that are needed to protect the rights of Crimean residents, in particular those who have retained Ukrainian citizenship

Top militant linked with Dugin’s neo-fascist Eurasia movement killed

04.08.14 | Halya Coynash
Alexander Proselkov, referred to as deputy foreign minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Gubarev aide was shot and killed on July 31. Proselkov was a Russian national and member of the neo-fascist International Eurasia Movement and Eurasian Youth Union

Keeping Crimea on the agenda

01.08.14 | Halya Coynash
G7 leaders have called for a return to unconditional ceasefire arrangements agreed during a disturbingly secretive meeting in Berlin on July 2. The question of what is to be negotiated and with whom thus arises again, while the Crimea is conveniently taken off the agenda