Meet Mykola Ostashevsky, 92, Newest National Defense Conscript

A 92-year old World War II veteran, Mykola Ostashevsky, came to the National Defense Headquarters for Dnipropetrovsk oblast to enlist as a new conscript. Continue reading


Loathing and Fear in Artemivs’k (Donets’k Oblast’) – April 14, 2014

(Photo by Taras Shumeyko)

Translation of comments by journalist Taras Shumeyko, who has been covering developments in the Donbas. Translation by William Risch:

“The latest from Luhans’k. People are outraged by the seizure of buildings. Yesterday, in Artemivs’k, the flag of the People’s Republic of Donets’k (DNP) was waving over the town council. A woman came up who introduced herself in Ukrainian – a history teacher. She almost started crying – criminals are doing anything they want in town, with the silent approval of the authorities and the police. She said that she’s coming at night to tear down that flag. Then teenagers showed up with blue-and-yellow ribbons. They said that they and all their friends and acquaintances in town are for Ukraine. But the drunkards are very aggressive, so it’s dangerous to express your outrage around them or argue with them. They wait with trepidation over what’s coming next.”

Crimea and religious freedom

by Maksym Vasin, lawyer

Besides the difficulties with citizenship and relationships with mainland Ukraine, many problems in Crimea may arise in delicate areas such as faith.

According to official statistics, in the beginning of 2013 in Crimea (Ukraine), there were 2074 religious organizations, among which 682 have the right to engage in religious activities without registering as a legal entity. Another 132 registered religious organizations are in Sevastopol city.

However, the right of religious freedom in Crimea is under threat after Russian occupation. Continue reading

President’s Representative to resign due as authorities sit

Tuesday, March, 25, 2014, 10:57

‘UDAR’ National Deputy Serhiy Kunitsyn stated that he will resign from the post of the President’s Permanent Representative in the Crimea. He stated this during the ‘Shuster Live’ broadcast on Monday evening.

‘Today I have decided – I am resigning from the post of the President’s Representative. I am ashamed of all this’, said Kunitsyn. He criticized the lack of action from the Ukrainian authorities concerning the situation in the Crimea, stating that the country has every opportunity to react in a proper way.

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General Prosecutor’s office announces more false rumors being spread by Russian special services in Crimea

Recently, there have been several media reports about the alleged dissolution of Crimean Ukrainian Army units and instances of holding military personnel criminally liable for treason.

This is false information prepared in advance by the Russian special services in order to further destabilize the situation in Crimea and undermine the morale of the Ukrainian military, reports, citing an announcement by the General Prosecutor’s press service. Continue reading

All Crimeans to remain Ukrainian citizens

Government Minister Ostap Semerak notes that Ukrainian citizens who are being coerced into obtaining Russian passports will remain citizens of Ukraine.

Ukraine passportAs announced by Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers, Ostap Semerak, Ukraine continues to recognize Crimeans that are to receive Russian passports as citizens of Ukraine. “Ukrainian citizens who are being coerced into obtaining Russian passports remain citizens of Ukraine. This contradicts the law of Ukraine because Ukraine does not recognize dual citizenship, but in this instance, with a part of Ukrainian territory having been seized and residents forced into accepting passports of a neighboring country, it will be recognized.” Continue reading

Russian activists who do not want to fight the Ukrainian people appeal to Right Sector

Russian ActivistsThey have created an Internet community which will block the websites and servers of Russian government agencies until the Kremlin calls back its last soldier occupier from Ukraine.

Their activities will include:

1. Blocking the websites and servers of Russian government services.

2. Providing truthful and unbiased facts to ordinary citizens about the events in Crimea and other regions of Ukraine.

To join, download and launch a special program on your computer. Continue reading

Handcuffed and with a sack over the head: just another day in Bakhchisarai

Blog post by Levko Stek, Radio Svoboda journalist

Representative of the so-called self-defense in Crimea.

Representative of the so-called self-defense in Crimea.

It is almost summertime in Bakhchisarai. A bright sunny day, around 16:00. At the bus station, yet another minibus to Simferopol is preparing to depart. There are approximately 20 passengers in the cabin. I am finishing my Snickers chocolate bar while editing, in my mind, the news story about Ukrainian soldiers who refused to ‘surrender’ to officers of the Russian Black Sea fleet in exchange for money and guarantees for a prosperous future. The journey has passed without any conflicts. A man in a black jacket, who constantly keeps talking on his phone, occasionally catches my attention. It is not surprising that you start noticing these small things when reports of kidnapped and beaten journalists keep flooding in. Fortunately, in my case, it hasn’t happened.

Three people enter the cabin. They look tense; perhaps they are from a local ‘self-defense’ group? The thought of a possible document check has spoiled the taste of the chocolate. However, I wasn’t asked to show my journalist pass, nor my passport. Continue reading

The USA is preparing new sanctions against the Russians, and Japan is thinking about the same.

images (1)The USA is ready to impose additional sanctions against Russia in connection with the annexation of the Crimea; they will affect a number of Russian oligarchs from Vladimir Putin’s surrounding. DW’s Russian service informs, referring to Reuters, that this has been reported by the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Carney believes that these measures will affect the Russian economy. He advised the investors to be careful with Russian stocks. Continue reading

Pseudo-referendum in Crimea: a list of violations observed

16.03.2014 14:23

A referendum is occurring in Crimea today. Its legitimacy is recognized only by Russia, Syria, Venezuela, and North Korea. Activists have documented a number of violations during the course of the referendum.

One of the issues is the fact that ballots were distributed to the voters who are not registered in the voting lists, including nationals of other countries. A Russian citizen with a residence permit in Simferopol was able to get a ballot for the referendum. Continue reading