“For Them To Wage War and Not To Have Anything To Wear!” – The Families of the Fallen Near Volnovakha

Valeriya Dubarova, May 29th

Mourning continues in Volyn Oblast for the soldiers fallen during the ATO. At the polygon near Rivne, a vigil was held on Monday, and the men were buried the next day. The youngest of the fallen was 18 years of age.

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Volodymyr Honcharovskiy, a hero of Instytutska

During my stay in Germany last weekend for the conference dedicated to Ukraine and Euromaidan, I had an opportunity to visit one of the heroes of Instytutska at a military hospital.

The name of this courageous man is Volodymyr Honcharovskiy.

He was wounded on February 19th on Instytutska—he took two bullets to his spine and was paralyzed. The German doctors gave him no chance of recovery. However, after another medical examination, they noticed that Volodymyr had feeling in his right hand, and operated on him immediately. Since then, Volodymyr has been recovering by leaps and bounds. Not only is he able to take a couple of steps by himself, but he is also exercising on training equipment, especially on a stationary bike. The doctors are saying that his speedy recovery is some kind of miracle. Continue reading

On Truth and Iniquity: Results of proceedings in the case against Mykhaylo Havryliuk’s abusers

Today the Pechersk District Court heard  two cases regarding abuse of power and office by internal military officers D.V. Kravets and L.V. Lomonos who,  in performance of their duties, committed unlawful acts degrading human dignity and committed violence and torture against Mykhaylo Havryliuk during the events of Euromaidan. The case resonated widely after a video of the brutal treatment of Havryliuk was made public.

Both court hearings ended with the approval of settlement agreements, a one year probation period with a prohibition against engaging in law enforcement activities, and an obligation to apologize to the victim in writing.

Reading between lines, the case materials reveal an impressive ability to forgive.

Source: Ozon/Озон – громадське спостереження’s Facebook

Translated by Svitlana Gusak, edited by Robin Rohrback

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Terrorists Brutally Gun Down Married Couple, Priest in Eastern Ukraine

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine reports that Luhansk oblast prosecution offices are conducting investigation in connection with a criminal proceeding over the violent murder of a married couple in front of their underage daughter. Information on this criminal event has been filed with the Unified Register of Pretrial Investigations, with charges under Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (intentional homicide of two or more persons perpetrated by a group acting in prior conspiracy).   

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In Moscow, people speaking Ukrainian are being beaten

Moscow beatingsSince the beginning of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict, attitudes towards Ukrainians in Moscow have worsened markedly, from both policemen and ordinary citizens.

Vladimir, a Ukrainian migrant worker in Moscow, said that in Moscow, a man was talking to his brother on the phone in Ukrainian, when he was approached with a knife and beaten, writes Tizhden.

“They yelled, ‘What, khokhol, got what you wanted?’ ” says Vladimir. He also claims that policemen have started demanding bigger bribes from illegals. “The policemen who knew we were illegals used to get their bribe once a month and then leave. Now, they come a few times a week. One barged in, drunk as a pig, and said that we owe him because we’re Banderites and his grandfather liberated us,” he says. Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS: 9 Suspects in Maidan Shootings Detained

Law enforcement authorities have detained nine suspects in the February 18-20 shootings of Maidan activists, acting Prosecutor General of Ukraine Oleh Makhnytsky reported today. Among the detainees is the leader of the sniper squad. All of the detained are officers of the Kyiv City Berkut special police.  Continue reading

Ukrainian law enforcement authorities have detained two suspects in the shootings of Maidan protesters

According to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, a preliminary report on the investigation of mass murders in the center of Kyiv will be published on 3 April 2014.

Law enforcement officers have detained the first suspects in the shooting of protesters in Kyiv on 18-20 February 2014, said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov today [30 March 2014]. Continue reading

Belarusian journalist on the sadists who seized Crimea

Dmitriy Galko met Ukrainians who were kidnapped in Crimea.  He spoke about their meeting in his blog:

From the very beginning, I did not like someone’s light hand in bringing into use the phrase “polite people” when referring to the invaders of Crimea.  I think it could be a part of the informational war, which works to voice Putin’s assertion that there can be no intervention if no shot has been fired and that, therefore, there was no intervention in Crimean, but rather something like an operation to restore order.gi-4195-19987-big.jpg

One who is familiar with the history may recall such interventions, for example, when Hitler took Sudetenland. However, I do want to talk not about the historical analogies but the false image of the “polite” occupier.  It took me one meeting in a Kherson hospital with guys who were kept captive in Crimea for nearly two weeks for that image to crumble into dust. Their names are Andrij Schekun and Yuri Shevchenko. The only thing that unites them is the Crimean captivity hell that they experienced. Before, they did not know each other.

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Crimean “Berkut” beat and looted their prisoners

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The co-workers of the Crimean “Berkut” were beating and looting their captives on March, 9.

Kateryna, the wife of one of the detainees – Yevghen Rahno, told this to the Ukrainian newspaper ‘Ukrainska Pravda’. According to her, he is now on his way to Kyiv and has disclosed some details of the two days and nights he spent in the detention center via phone. Continue reading

The Sniper Story of the Maidan Murders Does not Tell All: Journalist

Every Maidan death must be investigated

Journalist Olga Khudetska lists the names of murdered Maidan activists whose death circumstances do not fit the bounds of the so-called “sniper” version of events.

“As important as the subject of snipers is, it should not serve to cover up hundreds of those who beat people to death with their feet and batons,” writes The Insider journalist Olga Khudetska on her Facebook page.

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