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Invasion by any other name

23.08.14 | Halya Coynash
NATO has confirmed what Polish TV has been showing for days – clear evidence of Russian military equipment and men being moved into Ukraine. Calls for a ceasefire now will simply convince the Kremlin that there is no red line that can’t be shifted

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provisions which would have enabled Ukraine’s Security and Defence Council to restrict or close Ukrainian media were withdrawn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

Stand up to Putin: buy Polish apples!

31.07.14 | Halya Coynash
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,

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