Ukrainian orphans forcibly taken to Russia

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Sixteen orphans from a children’s shelter in Snizhne, in the Donetsk Oblast, were taken by force to the Russian Federation and are presently in a refugee camp in Novoshakhtinsk (Rostov Olbast), reports Voice of Ukraine, June 12.

Accompanying the orphans are two Ukrainian educators, Vera Sahaydak, the head of Child Welfare Services of the Donetsk State Oblast Administration, told Voice of Ukraine. Continue reading


Kobzar/musician Vasyl Liutyi arrested and tortured in Luhansk

kobaThe Ukrainian Kobzar community (musicians who play the kobza or the bandura) has issued the following statement:

“The Kobzar community of Ukraine is deeply worried about the fate of one of their brothers, the Kobzar and community activist Vasy Liutyi.  He was the emcee/leader of the meeting For a United Ukraine in the town of Rubizhne in Luhansk Oblast in eastern Ukraine.

“We have learned that that on April 21, during a meeting in support of a united Ukraine in the town of Rubizhne, Liutyi was severely beaten and then arrested.  During his arrest, he was tortured. We condemn the excesses of Russian chauvinists and protest against the inaction of the law enforcement authorities. We demand the immediate release of the composer and Kobzar Vasyl Liutyi. Continue reading

Russians caught planning political kidnappings in Lviv

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The Special Service of Ukraine (SSU) detained two Russian Federation citizens in Lviv oblast. The suspects wanted to kidnap some persons, among them a candidate for the President of Ukraine. However, the SSU did not release the name of the candidate who had been targeted for kidnapping.  Continue reading



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Colonel Yuliy Mamchur, Commander of Ukraine’s 204th Tactical Aviation Brigade stationed near Sevastopol, came to the world’s attention in the beginning of March this year.

After the Russian special task troops offered an ultimatum to surrender, Colonel Mamchur ordered his officers into formation and headed the column towards the Russian checkpoint. It happened on March 4th. The brigade’s two banners, one Soviet the other Ukrainian, were waving behind Col Mamchur who led the column. None of the Ukrainian officers was armed. Col Mamchur had followed the order they had received from the new government in Kyiv to not offer resistance in order to avoid provocations. The Soviet relic was of special significance to Col Mamchur, as it was the banner the aviation brigade has kept since the time of the World War II. Nevertheless, the first shots were fired by Russian troopers. They were fired into the air indenting to stop the marching column. But the pilots followed only Col. Mamchur’s commands who continued his “psychological attack”. The column stopped only when Col Mamchur gave the order. They were a few steps away from the Russian heavily armed troopers. 

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VICE NEWS videos – on the ground in Crimea (6 part series)

On the ground in Crimea with Vice News – ongoing video series (6 parts) with correspondent Simon Ostrovsky

Voices of Ukraine

VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky travels to various parts of Crimea in this series on the invasion, occupation, illegal referendum and overall crisis in Crimea, Ukraine. The series continues, so keep an eye out for new episodes. Since there are so few cameras allowed on the ground there, this is a rare chance to see the people involved and get a sense of the tensions, the weaponry, and many of the details we’ve been blogging about in text form, on camera.

Russian Roulette: The Invasion of Ukraine (Dispatch One)

Russian Roulette: The Invasion of Ukraine (Dispatch Two)

Russian Roulette: The Invasion of Ukraine (Dispatch Three)

Russian Roulette: The Invasion of Ukraine (Dispatch Four)

Russian Roulette: The Invasion of Ukraine (Dispatch Five)

Russian Roulette: The Invasion of Ukraine (Dispatch Six)

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Conflict in Crimea, Ukraine: An environmental activist from Automaidan was kidnapped

1911709_514782225306112_546593633_nOn March 9, 2014 at the entrance to the Crimea while crossing the border in city of Armiansk two activists of social organization Automaidan, Kateryna Butko and Olexandra Ryazantseva, as well as a journalist of “Tyzhden” Olena Maksymenko, were detained and taken to unknown destination. All three are women. Continue reading