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Kharkiv separatist titushki smash up TV channel

The young louts in masks and armed with baseball bats who seized ATN on Monday evening demanded broadcasting time to "tell journalists how to write the news". Some of the supposed Kharkiv residents who stormed the regional administration building had first gone for the Theatre of Opera and Ballet, believing this to be the administration

Kremlin-orchestrated "federalist" protest and western inaction

08.04.14 | Halya Coynash
Western signatories to the 1994 Budapest Memorandum have already breached their commitment to Ukraine once. Are they also going to pretend that Sundays pro-Russian disturbances are not being deliberately orchestrated to justify the Kremlins demands for Ukraines federalization?

Latvia also suspends Russian TV channel for war propaganda

Latvias media watchdog found the channel to be in breach of Latvian law and accused it of war propaganda of trying to justify military aggression and incitement to inter-ethnic enmity in its programmes about Ukraine

Right Sectors increasing problems with credibility

05.04.14 | Halya Coynash
The extreme nationalist group Right Sector [Pravy Sector] will never be the same again, though what exactly it was and who was behind at least some of the events of the last week remain unclear

Council of Europe: Ukraine is not infringing the rights of Russian-speakers

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages reports that in respect of the Russian language, most of Ukraines undertakings under the Charter are fulfilled or partly fulfilled. The same is not true of all other minority languages.
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Russian MPs want to imprison people for infringements during rallies

Meanwhile pro-Russian protesters in Kerch cite Ukrainian law rather than repressive Russian restrictions in order to hold a demonstration in support of Russia

Lithuania blocks Russian channels for military propaganda

A Lithuanian court has suspended transmission of the Russian TV channel NTV Mir [NTV World] for three months and there are plans to also remove the channels Rossiya and ORT [First Channel] over reporting on Ukraine and lies about the Vilnius events of 1991

Sevastopol: Students leave in protest as Russian flag raised

Two days after the dean of the Sevastopol National University of Nuclear Energy and Industry Mikhail Divizinyuk was dismissed after he refused to accept Russian rule, students made their protest unmistakably clear.

Russia continues its false narrative as defender of oppressed minorities in Ukraine

29.03.14 | Halya Coynash
It certainly doesnt look good to say that youve annexed another countrys territory because you wanted it. Or that youre amassing troops on that countrys border trying to decide if you can get away with grabbing more. That, however, is the truth unlike the Kremlins endless barrage of lies about anti-Semitism and discrimination in Ukraine

Crimeas occupation government issues long persona non grata list

The only positive thing to be said is that the list does not, as reported earlier, include Mustafa Dzhemiliev, now a Ukrainian MP, but also the long-standing head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and veteran of the movement for the restoration of Crimean Tatar rights

Rinat Akhmetov goes for media criticizing his failure to counter separatists

27.03.14 | Halya Coynash
The billionaires US lawyers have approached Espresso.tvs provider, and not the channel itself, and demanded the withdrawal of an article which accuses Akhmetov of treason for not using his enormous power in Donetsk to stem the separatist disturbances

Crimean Tatars and others face citizenship dilemma

Refat Chubarov has advised Crimean Tatars to not renounce their Ukrainian citizenship in the face of the Russian annexation of the Crimea. The EU has also just provided a cogent practical reason why any Crimean should think long and hard before spurning Ukrainian citizenship

Russian methods: Calls for Crimeas return to Ukraine could get you imprisoned

Following Russias annexation of the Crimea, residents of the Crimea or people in Russia calling for action in support of the Crimea being part of Ukraine could face enormous fines, or even imprisonment for up to 5 years

Russian propaganda claims Jewish organizations supporting Maidan are bringing on "second Holocaust"

25.03.14 | Halya Coynash
Russias propaganda efforts have been foundering spectacularly of late. Prominent Jewish organizations and public figures have publicly condemned Russian lies; the latest fake demonstrates primitive disinformation, and an attempt on Sunday to present Jewish and Russian organizations supporting Maidan as bringing on "a second Holocaust", as they allegedly did Shoah could backfire

MGIMO historian fired for article comparing Crimean annexation to Hitlers Anschluss

The administration of MGIMO [Moscow State Institute of International Relations] has announced that it has dismissed Andrei Zubov who in early March wrote an article for the newspaper Vedomosti in which he said that Russias annexation of the Crimea was like that of Hitlers so-called Anschluss in 1938

Unlike Ukraine, Russia does not broadcast any Ukrainian TV channel

In an open address to TV viewers, Ukraines National TV and Radio Broadcasting Council responds to the many letters and calls received regarding the removal from air of four Russian cable television channels "in conditions of military aggression and information war"

Odessa: Ode to Joy Flash Mob v. confused pro-Russian demonstrators

24.03.14 | Halya Coynash
The delightful flash mob at an Odessa market on Sunday was intended as an affirmation of Ukraines unity, and certainly united the audience in applause. In clarity of message and effect it differed markedly from a pro-Russian demonstration outside the Polish consulate with the crowd warning Poles to "remember Katyń"

Russian troops storm Belbek airbase, arrest Commander Yuliy Mamchur

The position Ukrainian military personnel are in was poignantly expressed by Larissa Mamchur: We are ready to die for our country, but not for the four walls of the military base

Venice Commission gives damning verdict on Crimean "referendum"

As well as the clear breach of Ukraines Constitution, it notes that "the massive public presence of (para)military forces is not conducive to democratic decision making"

Crimean Tatars left no space for illusion

21.03.14 | Halya Coynash
Asked why the Crimean Tatars do not trust the assurances given them by Russia, the head of the Mejlis, Refat Chubarov answered with a question: Id like to ask you: would it be better that they discussed how you will live together BEFORE they broke into your flat, or AFTERWARDS?