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More evidence that captured Russians were military intelligence officers

25.11.15 | Halya Coynash
The court hearing on Nov 23 in the trial of two Russians captured in May 2015 in eastern Ukraine demonstrated yet again what an uphill battle the men’s defence lawyers will have to convince anybody that their clients, Yevgeny Yerofeyev and Aleksandr Aleksandrov, were not active Russian military intelligence officers [GRU].

A German – Russian Donbas ‘Humanitarian’ Con

24.11.15 | Halya Coynash
The ‘social disorientation’ which the Kremlin’s proxies in Donbas claimed they were seeking to prevent by expelling western aid organizations recently is clearly ideological. It is Russia, and German MPs faithfully parroting Kremlin propaganda, that are presented as tackling the mounting humanitarian crisis caused by Russia’s hybrid warfare.

Ukraine Suspends Cargo Traffic To Crimea Amid Blackout

Ukraine has temporarily suspended cargo traffic to the Crimean Peninsula as the territory illegally annexed by Russia continues to deal with a power blackout after electricity pylons were destroyed by explosions over the weekend.

Dzhemiliev: Free Political Prisoners & Restore Rights if You Want Power Back

23.11.15 | Halya Coynash
Russia must free Crimean political prisoners, if it wants electricity supplies from mainland Ukraine restored, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev has stated, listing other demands linked with rights violations since Russian invaded and occupied Crimea

Crimea without Power: Where Now?

22.11.15 | Halya Coynash
As of early Sunday morning Crimea appears to be without power after explosions destroyed previously damaged electricity pylons. The development comes after a day of confrontation between activists and the National Guard, and raises some very worrying questions

On Russia’s selective ’retribution’ for acts of terrorism

18.11.15 | Halya Coynash
Andrei Lugovoi, Russian State Duma Deputy and the UK’s chief suspect in the killing through radioactive polonium of Kremlin whistle-blower Alexander Litvinenko has promised “inevitable retribution” for the terrorists who blew up Russian A321 and blamed “European tolerance” allowing “a flow of migrants” into Europe for the terrorist attacks in Paris on Nov 13.

Dutch referendum puts Ukraine in spotlight

18.11.15 | Sarah Hurst
GeenStijl, the Dutch online group promoting a referendum on ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement seems to want to exploit this agreement to push its Eurosceptic agenda. The author warns that “Ukraine’s aspirations, for which so many have died, could fall victim to Europe’s own identity crisis”

Russia: "Do Not Terrorize My People, My Family with Machine Guns!"

03.11.15 | Halya Coynash
So if the Crimean Blockade is ineffectual, why the armed searches against yet another of its organizers? Why did FSB men in masks, brandishing machine guns, turn up at the home of Lilya Budzhurova, former director of the silenced Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR, terrifying her 83-year-old mother and 8-year-old granddaughter?

Kremlin-faked Polish-Ukrainian relations

02.11.15 | Halya Coynash
According to Russian and Kremlin-backed militant media, relations between Ukraine and Poland could not be more volatile. Poland’s President Andrzej Duda is alleged to have called for parts of Ukraine, including Lviv, to be ‘returned to Poland’, and Poles are about to inundate Ukraine with crippling compensation claims over property owned in Western Ukraine when it was under Poland

Russia backtracks over Ukrainian citizenship in Crimea

30.10.15 | Halya Coynash
It seems that Crimeans were not in a hurry to renounce their Ukrainian citizenship. Faced with the prospect of embarrassing queues from Jan 1, 2016 when Crimeans will have 60 days to inform of dual citizenship or face criminal liability, Russia has made a complete turnaround

Russia issues arrest warrant on Crimean Tatar leader for ‘encroaching on its territory’

29.10.15 | Halya Coynash
After invading and annexing Crimea and banning Crimean Tatar leader Refat Chubarov from his homeland, Russia now wants to remand him in custody – after ‘extraditing’ him, of course. It accuses him of – wait for it – “encroaching on Russia’s territorial integrity” by insisting that Crimea is Ukraine. .

Russian military intelligence officers captured in eastern Ukraine change story

28.10.15 | Halya Coynash
One of the two Russian spetsnaz officers captured in Donbas is now denying that he was a serving Russian officer, and the other has just been persuaded to change his lawyer and may be planning to do the same. Claims that they had been pressured into giving certain evidence cannot explain why they repeated the same story to OSCE representatives, a Russian journalist and a member of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Human Rights Council.

Kremlin proxies expel aid organizations to prevent ’social disorientation’

Almost exactly a month after the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’ [‘LNR’] ordered all but one western aid organization to leave the Luhansk oblast, the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [‘DNR’] has thrown out Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and refused to allow UN agencies such as the World Food Programme to work on ‘DNR’-controlled territory

Who wouldn’t support Russia’s “war against barbarians, sadists & monsters” in Syria?

13.10.15 | Halya Coynash
Less than two weeks after Russia began airstrikes in Syria, a large percentage of Russians have now changed their opinion and support the military intervention. How could they not when all mainstream television channels are presenting Russia as the saviour and only country willing to properly fight the Islamic State?

Russia accuses Crimean Tatar leaders of recruiting for Islamic State

12.10.15 | Halya Coynash
The de facto authorities in Russian-occupied Crimea have publicly claimed via Russia’s official RIA Novosti that Mustafa Dzhemiliev and other leaders are recruiting Crimean Tatars to become Islamic State fighters. The allegations are especially ominous given Russia’s current military involvement in Syria which Moscow asserts, in the face of considerable evidence, is directed against the Islamic State.

Armed Right Sector & Azov fighters are discrediting Crimea Blockade

08.10.15 | Halya Coynash
Initial concern over the involvement of the ultranationalist Right Sector in the Crimean Tatar-initiated Blockade of Russian-occupied Crimea has been compounded by a report from the Crimean Human Rights Group finding multiple infringements

What is meant by amnesty for the separatists?

07.10.15 | Yevhen Zakharov
Full amnesty for people who have killed or tortured is simply impossible

Odesa 2 May Suspect: We were financed by Moscow

07.10.15 | Halya Coynash
Serhiy Rudyk, one of the men facing charges over the May 2, 2014 disturbances in Odesa, is in no doubt that the anti-Maidan protests on Kulikovo Pole in the Spring of 2014 were paid for “by Moscow”*. Rudyk, who cannot be suspected of anti-Russian bias, names the specific amounts paid for living at the anti-Maidan camp, and mentions rumours that Moscow paid 2 million dollars for the entire ‘Kulikovo Pole project’.

BBC Correspondent incites Telegraph readers to break the law over Crimea

06.10.15 | Halya Coynash
BBC journalist John Simpson has ‘uncovered Crimea’s charms’ and a quite staggering degree of contempt for international law and human rights. In a travel piece for the Telegraph, he encourages people to do as he did: break the law, effectively whitewash Russia’s invasion and forced annexation of Crimea and wax lyrical about the charms of Crimea, while ignoring extremely serious human rights concerns under Russian occupation.

Trial begins in Ukraine of captured Russian military intelligence officers

There has been talk of the men being part of an exchange and it is probably no accident that the preliminary hearing into the charges against the two Russian intelligence officers Aleksander Aleksandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev coincided with the resumption of the universally condemned trial of Nadiya Savchenko.