Multiple Russian military units cross Ukrainian border

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A column  of 7 Russian KAMAZ trucks is moving towards Slovyansk, announced Volodymyr Chepovyy, press spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council, at a press briefing on June 20, reports Ukrainska Pravda.

“ATO (antiterrorist) forces are responding to the movement of the column of unmarked Russian KAMAZ trucks with trailers on the Snizhne-Yampil-Slovyansk road in the Donetsk Oblast, said Chepovyy. Continue reading

Russian terrorists using hostages as human shields

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Igor Bezler

Military captives will be placed on the roofs of buildings seized by terrorists in Horlivka, including the police administration building and the building of the Department for Combating Organized Crime, in order to prevent airstrikes by Ukraine’s military. The order was issued on Saturday, June 14, by the commander of the Horlivka terrorist garrison Igor Bezler (alias Bez), reports the website Gorlovka.ua, citing Horlivka citizen Vasyl Budik, who has been in captivity for 44 days. According to Budik, the captives will be used as “human shields” and countermeasures against possible future airstrikes. Continue reading

A column of tanks with Russian flags has arrived in Donetsk

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Military vehicles seen in the towns of Snizhne, Horlivka, Sloviansk, Makiyivka, and Tores in the Donetsk region.

As broadcast by Ukrainian TV Channel 1+1 during the nightly news program TSN Night, Russian tanks have invaded Eastern Ukraine. Movement of military vehicles was witnessed in several towns in the Donetsk region. Tanks with the tricolor Russian flag were seen in Snizhne, Horlivka, Sloviansk, Makiyivka, and Tores. Witnesses reported that the heavy military equipment and vehicles with Russian flags have already reached Donetsk. In addition, according to intelligence data, more powerful force has been concentrated on Russian territory in close proximity to the border with Ukraine. One reported a minimum of two mechanized brigades which have armored vehicles and multiple GRAD rocket launcher systems. Continue reading

Horlivka deputy’s widow says terrorists blocked murder investigation

imagesUXNGBU9LAfter Horlivka deputy Volodymyr Rybak was kidnapped, almost all of the Horlivka police moved to the side of the separatists and no investigation (into the murder) was conducted, Olena Rybak, the widow of the murdered deputy, stated in an interview with Hromadske TV on June 2. Continue reading

Ukraine accuses Russians in deputy’s murder

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has accused the so-called “Strilka” group that is active in the Donetsk Oblast and a citizen of the Russian Federation, Colonel Igor Bezler, of involvement in the murder of the deputy of the of the Horlivka City Council Volodymyr Rybak, the SUB reports on its website, April 23, 2014.

According to the SUB, it has been determined that on Aril 17, Bezler (alias Bez) ordered the head of the self-proclaimed militia of the town of Horlivka to “neutralize” Volodymyr Rybak, who had tried to raise the Ukrainian national flag on the Horlivka City Council building.

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Journalist and his brother disappear in Horlivka

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Photojournalist Yevhen Halych

Photojournalist Yevhen Halych, from Kolomyya, has disappeared in the Donbas, the publication Telekrytyka reports on April 23.

Halych had received a travel grant from Telekrytyka (funded by the Renaissance fund) for covering events in Eastern Ukraine and was on assignment for the Ivano-Frankivsk newspaper Reporter. The publication was informed of his disappearance by activists at Euromaidan SOS that had been contacted by Halych’s wife.

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Turchynov demands relaunch of anti-terrorist operation

 

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Acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov is calling for law enforcement to resume anti-terrorist measures. He made the request in a statement posted on the website of the Verkhovna Rada on April 22.

Today near Slovyansk the bodies of two brutally tortured people were found. One of them was recognized at the missing deputy of the Horlivka City Council, a member of the Batkivshchyna Party, Volodymyr Rybak, who had been kidnapped several days ago by terrorists.

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Body resembling missing Horlivka deputy found

Volodymyr Rybak

The body of a man resembling the deputy of the Horlivka City Council Volodymyr Rybak, kidnapped a few days ago, has been found in Slovyansk, reports Ukrainska Pravda, April 22, citing Gorlovka.ua.

According the Gorlovka.ua news site, the information has been confirmed by the head of the Horlivka office of the Ministry of Interior, Andriy Kryshchenko, who is currently in a hospital (Ed. after being wounded by pro-Russian militants), but who is coordinating the work of law enforcement.

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