30 November 2023

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Human rights defender Maksym Butkevych celebrates his third birthday in Russian captivity

Human rights defender Maksym Butkevych celebrates his third birthday in Russian captivity

On July 16, 2024, Ukrainian human rights defender and member of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Maksym Butkevych turned 47. He was celebrating his third birthday in a Russian prison because of a trumped-up criminal case in which a court in occupied Luhansk sentenced him to 13 years in prison. The human rights defender was accused of firing a grenade launcher at a high-rise building in Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk region, and injuring two civilians.

Proud of the “new country”: who is helping the occupiers to form the bar in Zaporizhzhia region

Proud of the “new country”: who is helping the occupiers to form the bar in Zaporizhzhia region

After the illegal referendums in the occupied territories of southern Ukraine, Russia began to actively form its justice system there. Earlier, ZMINA wrote about the creation of “judicial” bodies in the occupied part of the Zaporizhzhia region. However, lawyers play an equally important role in court proceedings.

From Kupiansk to Melitopol: the Russian system of torture in illegal detention centers

From Kupiansk to Melitopol: the Russian system of torture in illegal detention centers

He was kidnapped from his home at gunpoint, put in a bag over his head, set in a car, and taken to an unknown destination. He was kept in a crowded cell without fresh air. They did not give him enough food and water and did not provide him with medical treatment.

Judges, prosecutors and sperm producers: who “administers justice” in the occupied Luhansk region

Judges, prosecutors and sperm producers: who “administers justice” in the occupied Luhansk region

Last year, the Russians focused on bringing the justice system in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions to the federal level.

Wagner Group mercenaries may be involved in the militarization of Ukrainian teenagers in Belarus

Wagner Group mercenaries may be involved in the militarization of Ukrainian teenagers in Belarus

After seizing parts of Ukrainian territory, Russia began using militarization in education to change the identity of Ukrainian children.

Who works in the courts of first instance in the occupied part of Donetsk region

Who works in the courts of first instance in the occupied part of Donetsk region

The Donetsk occupation system of “justice” developed in 2014 is based on Ukrainian traitor judges, who have been the backbone of the judiciary of the illegal DPR formation all this time. Many have been working without a break for the second decade and have already taken their third oath of allegiance

“Our priority is to ensure victim-centered justice” – Interview with the Head of the Peace and Human Rights Program at the Swiss Embassy in Ukraine

“Our priority is to ensure victim-centered justice” – Interview with the Head of the Peace and Human Rights Program at the Swiss Embassy in Ukraine

On the eve of the summit, Vannay Gaetan, Head of the Peace and Human Rights Program at the Swiss Embassy in Ukraine, told ZMINA how his country is helping Ukraine in the war by searching for missing persons, conducting humanitarian demining, and ensuring justice for victims

Who is now administering “supreme” justice in the occupied territory of Donetsk region

Who is now administering “supreme” justice in the occupied territory of Donetsk region

Who took control of the so-called “Supreme Court of the Donetsk People's Republic,” what motivated people from Russian regions to start working there, and to what extent local “elites” have retained their presence in the central judicial institution, read in ZMINA article.

Operation Blockbuster: why Russians shoot staged videos with detained Ukrainians

Operation Blockbuster: why Russians shoot staged videos with detained Ukrainians

ZMINA explored how Russian security forces and courts turn civilian Ukrainians into “terrorists” and why propagandists publish videos of their detentions and confessions

Who became “judges” in the occupied part of Zaporizhzhia region

Who became “judges” in the occupied part of Zaporizhzhia region

As for all kinds of natives of the Russian hinterland, the question of their prosecution by the Ukrainian authorities will depend on the degree of participation in war crimes against the civilian population

How Kremlin propaganda in the occupied territories of Ukraine has changed over 10 years

How Kremlin propaganda in the occupied territories of Ukraine has changed over 10 years

ZMINA traced how propaganda rhetoric has changed over the ten years of occupation of the Luhansk region and talked to media experts about narratives of Russian propaganda in the occupied territories of Ukraine, using the example of publications between 2015 and 2024

Who went to work in the “courts” in the occupied Kherson region

Who went to work in the “courts” in the occupied Kherson region

Read this article about how and from whom the “judicial bodies” were formed in the Kherson region and how impartial the new judges seem

How do Ukrainians see life in the occupied territories after liberation – a study

How do Ukrainians see life in the occupied territories after liberation – a study

From March 11 to March 16, 2024, sociologists interviewed 2005 respondents aged 18 and older in all regions except the temporarily occupied territories (TOT) of Crimea and Donbas and those areas where Ukrainian mobile communications were unavailable at the time of the survey

Evacuation under fire: how volunteers work in the frontline areas in Ukraine

Evacuation under fire: how volunteers work in the frontline areas in Ukraine

What is it like to work on the contact line and help the locals while risking your life? ZMINA talked to Yevhen Kaplin, head of the Proliska humanitarian mission

80 Years of Pain: Ukraine calls for recognition of 1944 Crimean Tatar genocide on 80th anniversary

80 Years of Pain: Ukraine calls for recognition of 1944 Crimean Tatar genocide on 80th anniversary

ZMINA explains how the deportation of Crimean Tatars took place, what the Ukrainian parliament is calling for, and why it is important

How Ukraine passes judgment on violations of the laws and customs of war?

How Ukraine passes judgment on violations of the laws and customs of war?

ZMINA analyzed how Ukraine tries war criminals and what challenges it faces

Ten years of occupation of Crimea: memories of Crimean journalists on how it began

Ten years of occupation of Crimea: memories of Crimean journalists on how it began

The event participants also watched the documentary by the reporter’s team of Crimea.Realities titled “The first pro-Ukrainian action in Simferopol after the Russian troops’ arrival: risk, “traitors of Crimea,” and abduction”

Re-education under the guise of recovery: how Belarus helps Russia to take Ukrainian children from the occupied territories

Re-education under the guise of recovery: how Belarus helps Russia to take Ukrainian children from the occupied territories

There is more and more information that the Republic of Belarus joined the deportation of Ukrainian children from the occupied territories of Ukraine. And even the analysis of open data suggests that the country’s leadership is involved in this process, not only its citizens. After all, it will not be possible to take children from the occupied regions without coordination with the officials. In addition, in every message of the Belarusian state media about the arrival of children from “Donbas for recovery,” the propagandists thank the self-proclaimed president Lukashenko for supporting this “initiative.” I

The Pain Does Not Disappear but You Learn to Live with It. Three Stories of Wives of Fallen Soldiers

The Pain Does Not Disappear but You Learn to Live with It. Three Stories of Wives of Fallen Soldiers

This article presents fragments from the lives and losses of three women whose husbands died in the war. Yuliia from Kyiv, Oksana from Lviv, and Alyona from Zaporizhzhia all unanimously say about their loved ones: "He is worth being known about".

Women with disabilities share about their experience with volunteering and inclusion amidst the war in Ukraine

Women with disabilities share about their experience with volunteering and inclusion amidst the war in Ukraine

In this article, women with disabilities shared their experiences of living through the war, the challenges they face, particularly in the context of gender equality, and their plans for the post-war future

Is Ukraine’s strategy in the International Court of Justice justified, and what lessons should we learn?

Is Ukraine’s strategy in the International Court of Justice justified, and what lessons should we learn?

Experts from the Ukrainian Legal Advisory Group analyzed the Court’s decision and the prerequisites that could have contributed to the dismissal of most of the claims

“Mariupol is a pattern of Russian warfare” – how Russia destroyed the city

“Mariupol is a pattern of Russian warfare” – how Russia destroyed the city

ZMINA recounts the main points from the study “Our City Was Gone.” Russia’s Devastation of Mariupol, Ukraine"

How should Ukraine respond to court decisions issued during the occupation?

How should Ukraine respond to court decisions issued during the occupation?

Judges, prosecutors, and human rights activists shared their vision during the discussion “What should be the state’s approach to court decisions made during the occupation after the liberation of the territories of Ukraine?” organized by the ZMINA Human Rights Center.

Ukraine: Ten victories in human rights in 2023

Ukraine: Ten victories in human rights in 2023

ZMINA has compiled the most significant developments and events in the field of human rights that took place in 2023 in Ukraine

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Six most common Russian propaganda narratives used against Ukrainians

Six most common Russian propaganda narratives used against Ukrainians

To prepare the minds of Russians for a loyal perception of war crimes and genocide committed by the Russian Federation against Ukrainians, the aggressor country’s propaganda uses various narratives. The most common of them can be divided into several categories. I will list them below.

Working in the occupied territories: what international humanitarian law says about it

Working in the occupied territories: what international humanitarian law says about it

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, the Verkhovna Rada has adopted a new article of the Criminal Code that criminalizes cooperation in various forms with the occupying authorities.

Teachers under occupation: who should be punished for collaboration and what are the problems in the legislation

Teachers under occupation: who should be punished for collaboration and what are the problems in the legislation

In Ukraine, since about November 2022, after the liberation of the temporarily occupied city of Kherson, there has been a professional, legal, and emotional discussion about how to approach the issue of educators’ work under occupation. Was there collaboration, or were many people forced to cooperate with the enemy? Now, law enforcement officers are investigating the issue of voluntariness to determine whether to bring a person to justice under Article 111-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine on collaboration. However, voluntariness is a vague category.

Crimean courage: risking freedom for Ukrainian identity

Crimean courage: risking freedom for Ukrainian identity

The President's Mission to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea observes numerous persecution cases in the so-called “courts,” including the illegitimate one in occupied Armyansk. People are prosecuted after “filtration measures” – stopped, checked by the FSB, and detained if anything related to Ukraine is found on their phones or in notebooks. There are many such cases, and we need to talk about those who suffer

Cutting US support for ICC because of Israel would hurt Ukrainian war victims

Cutting US support for ICC because of Israel would hurt Ukrainian war victims

U.S. legislators should remember the progress they’ve made toward justice for Ukrainian victims. They should let the ICC prosecutor and judges do what they have been elected by 124 countries to do and support them where possible, Nadia Volkova noted

What triggers world wars?

What triggers world wars?

ZMINA published a TED Talk by Anton Drobovych, Director of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory and military serviceman, titled "Remembering the past. Fighting for the future."

Forced filming in propaganda: How Russians use civilian hostages to strengthen their power

Forced filming in propaganda: How Russians use civilian hostages to strengthen their power

Since the full-scale invasion, the number of civilians who have been victims of illegal detention and subsequent imprisonment by the Russians is measured in thousands. According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, as of October 2023, the official register contained over 28,000 citizens missing under special circumstances. Some of these people are civilians who are being held in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine or have already been transferred to Russia.

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“Unpunished evil grows”: Human Rights Center ZMINA calls for new mechanism to free Crimean political prisoners

“Unpunished evil grows”: Human Rights Center ZMINA calls for new mechanism to free Crimean political prisoners

To advocate for personal sanctions, ZMINA is also gathering information about Russian officials involved in the illegal persecution of Crimean residents, including FSB officials and illegal 'judges' who have made unlawful decisions

Russians dismantled last Ukrainian church in temporarily occupied Crimea

Russians dismantled last Ukrainian church in temporarily occupied Crimea

Parishioners refused to cooperate despite constant threats and pressure to follow the so-called court ruling. Thereby the Russian-controlled authorities in Yevpatoriia filed another court appeal, this time seeking to demolish the temple on their own and make the parishioners cover the costs

Russians destroyed 214 objects of medical infrastructure in Ukraine since full-scale

Russians destroyed 214 objects of medical infrastructure in Ukraine since full-scale

The Russians deliberately attack hospitals, maternity facilities, outpatient clinics and clinics

Russian airstrike hits residential area in Mykolaiv, killing three civilians, including child

Russian airstrike hits residential area in Mykolaiv, killing three civilians, including child

Among those killed in Mykolaiv is 12-year-old Kyrylo Diadiushko. He was involved in folk dancing, as reported by the ensemble where the boy danced

Russians strike Kherson Oblast with MLRS: Two killed, medics injured, extensive damage reported

Russians strike Kherson Oblast with MLRS: Two killed, medics injured, extensive damage reported

The head of the Oblast Military Administration also clarified that the Russians had attacked Bilozerka with Grad multiple-launch rocket systems, firing about 40 projectiles

Russians kill police officer Oleksandr Chekhun at checkpoint in Kherson Oblast

Russians kill police officer Oleksandr Chekhun at checkpoint in Kherson Oblast

Chekhun is survived by his parents, his wife (also a police officer), and a 12-year-old daughter

Russians drop two guided aerial bombs on Lyman and injure five people

Russians drop two guided aerial bombs on Lyman and injure five people

The Russians damaged a residential building, a business, three shops and a car

Six civilians injured in mine explosion during evacuation in Kharkiv Oblast

Six civilians injured in mine explosion during evacuation in Kharkiv Oblast

The Kharkiv Oblast Prosecutor’s Office initiated a pre-trial investigation into the violation of the laws and customs of war under Art. 438.1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine

Russians killed Ukainian civilians in Kharkiv and Donetsk oblasts on July 11

Russians killed Ukainian civilians in Kharkiv and Donetsk oblasts on July 11

In Kherson, Russian forces used drones to drop explosives. It landed near a fire truck, wounding one firefighter and two civilians, according to the State Emergency Service on social networks

Russians killed at least 44 and injured 150 Ukrainians in their attack on Ukraine cities

Russians killed at least 44 and injured 150 Ukrainians in their attack on Ukraine cities

Plumes of smoke could be seen across the capital of Ukraine, while video posted on social media showed the destruction inside and outside of the Okhmadyt children's hospital

Russian Armed Forces struck Nova Poshta terminal in Kharkiv: one employee killed, nine civilians injured, including eight-month-old infant

Russian Armed Forces struck Nova Poshta terminal in Kharkiv: one employee killed, nine civilians injured, including eight-month-old infant

A man died and ten others including a baby suffered injuries as a result of a guided aerial bomb strike on the terminal of the Nova Poshta courier service in Kharkiv on Sunday

Russia successfully promotes its narratives to Western media – Voice of America

Russia successfully promotes its narratives to Western media – Voice of America

Experts demonstrated the promotion of Russian narratives on the example of events in Crimea: Western media often pick up the Kremlin's quotes instead of covering the essence of the events in Russia's war against Ukraine

Russians killed seven civilians, including two children, and injured 43 people in Zaporizhzhia Oblast

Russians killed seven civilians, including two children, and injured 43 people in Zaporizhzhia Oblast

According to Fedorov, Russian forces launched a missile strike on Vilniansk “in the middle of the day on a weekend, in the city centre where there is no military infrastructure and where people were enjoying their weekend.”

Russian authorities claim to have captured thousands of migrants and sent them to fight in Ukraine

Russian authorities claim to have captured thousands of migrants and sent them to fight in Ukraine

Reports indicate that Russian law enforcement regularly raids industrial facilities where labour migrants work. Officials hand them subpoenas or take them to military enlistment offices. Authorities promise migrants without Russian citizenship expedited Russian passports if they sign a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense

Russians hit nine-storey building in Dnipro, killing one person and injuring other civilians

Russians hit nine-storey building in Dnipro, killing one person and injuring other civilians

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wrote that this attack is a reminder to all partners of Ukraine that only sufficient quantity and quality of air defense systems and the world’s determination can stop Russian terror

In Crimea, the occupiers arrested 26 locals for Ukrainian symbols over the year

In Crimea, the occupiers arrested 26 locals for Ukrainian symbols over the year

In total, from June 2023 to June 2024, the experts of the organisation verified 59 cases of prosecution of Crimeans under the norms of the Russian Federation's so called “anti-extremist laws” for demonstrating pro-Ukrainian views

There is no alternative but Zelenskyy’s Peace Plan – Sybiha

There is no alternative but Zelenskyy’s Peace Plan – Sybiha

Can be no alternatives to the restoration of Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty within the internationally recognised borders as of 1991, including the Autonomous Republic of Crimea

Russians launch seventh massive strike on Ukraine’s energy system, causing widespread damage and injuries

Russians launch seventh massive strike on Ukraine’s energy system, causing widespread damage and injuries

Russian Armed Forces also targeted a thermal power plant belonging to DTEK, Ukraine's largest private energy company, injuring three power engineers and severely damaging the plant's equipment

Soldier of Armed Forces of Ukraine beheaded by Russians in Donetsk Oblast has been identified

Soldier of Armed Forces of Ukraine beheaded by Russians in Donetsk Oblast has been identified

Kostin added that this incident serves as another proof of Russia's state policy of disregarding international law and universal morality

Russians injured 22 civilians in a missile attack on the City of Poltava

Russians injured 22 civilians in a missile attack on the City of Poltava

According to early reports, Russians struck the civilian infrastructure with a Kh-59 cruise missile. Thereby, civilians have been injured. The Poltava Oblast Prosecutor’s Office clarified that 22 people required medical attention

Russians exploit foreigners as “cannon fodder” in their war against Ukraine – Ukraine’s UN envoy

Russians exploit foreigners as “cannon fodder” in their war against Ukraine – Ukraine’s UN envoy

Ukrainian intelligence states that Russia is running a global effort to recruit foreign mercenaries in at least 21 nations, including several in Africa

Zelenskyy called Putin’s ultimatum a revival of Russian Nazism

Zelenskyy called Putin’s ultimatum a revival of Russian Nazism

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called another series of statements by Putin manipulative. According to the MFA of Ukraine, Russia's statements aimed at misleading the international community, undermining diplomatic efforts to achieve a just peace and shattering the unity of the world majority around the purposes and principles of the UN Charter

Ukrainian media organisations strongly condemn pressure and threats against journalists of Texty

Ukrainian media organisations strongly condemn pressure and threats against journalists of Texty

Ukrainian media movement called on the U.S. Congress and Senate to cease the pressure on Texty.org.ua and not exploit Ukrainian media for internal American political competition in the run-up to the upcoming elections in the USA

Texty.org.ua editorial team faces pressure after publishing investigation into critics of U.S. aid to Ukraine

Texty.org.ua editorial team faces pressure after publishing investigation into critics of U.S. aid to Ukraine

Texty.org.ua views this campaign as an attack on freedom of speech and a display of chauvinism against the citizens of Ukraine

Nine civilians killed, 32 injured in Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih on June 12

Nine civilians killed, 32 injured in Russian missile strike on Kryvyi Rih on June 12

A day of mourning for those killed in a Russian attack will be declared in Kryvyi Rih on 14 June

Journalism under siege for over a decade in temporarily occupied Crimea: How Russia has stifled freedom of the press on the Ukrainian peninsula

Journalism under siege for over a decade in temporarily occupied Crimea: How Russia has stifled freedom of the press on the Ukrainian peninsula

The policy of destroying independent media deprives Crimean residents of access to information from independent journalists, creating a propaganda bubble

Russians killed one and injured 14 civilians in Ukraine on June 10

Russians killed one and injured 14 civilians in Ukraine on June 10

According to the HRMMU, the increase in civilian casualties was mainly due to attacks in Kharkiv region since 10 May related to a ground offensive launched by Russian armed forces from the Russian Federation into the Kharkiv region

In occupied Crimea, human rights defenders have recorded more than 30 cases of pressure on media professionals and citizen journalists since the beginning of the year

In occupied Crimea, human rights defenders have recorded more than 30 cases of pressure on media professionals and citizen journalists since the beginning of the year

During 2022-2023, ZMINA recorded 162 of such cases

Death toll due to Russian attack on Kharkiv region on 31 May rises to nine

Death toll due to Russian attack on Kharkiv region on 31 May rises to nine

Fatalities include three women aged 39, 68 and 86 and four men aged 52, 64, 41 and 28

Russians killed a woman and injured 12 more civilians in Kharkiv

Russians killed a woman and injured 12 more civilians in Kharkiv

Ukraine's Air Force reported that they have been observing a “carousel pattern” of Russian aircraft dropping bombs targeting the city of Kharkiv

Five residents of Donetsk Oblast were killed by Russians on May 26

Five residents of Donetsk Oblast were killed by Russians on May 26

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed to world leaders who are still aside from the global efforts of the Global Peace Summit to join it. He called on them to show leadership in advancing real peace, not just a pause between strikes

Russian Armed Forces hit construction material hypermarket in Kharkiv, killing and injuring civilians (updated)

Russian Armed Forces hit construction material hypermarket in Kharkiv, killing and injuring civilians (updated)

After the strike, a video of the fire and a massive cloud of smoke from the Epicentr hypermarket in Kharkiv is being shared on social media

Russians killed at least seven, injured 22 civilians in their missile attack on Kharkiv oblast and destroyed Vivat publishing house (updated)

Russians killed at least seven, injured 22 civilians in their missile attack on Kharkiv oblast and destroyed Vivat publishing house (updated)

The Kharkiv Oblast Prosecutor's Office said that Russian forces had launched a series of strikes with S-300 and S-400 missiles on Kharkiv and the town of Liubotyn starting at 10:30

De-identified Crimea: Occupying state massively eradicates ethnic celebrations – Amnesty International

De-identified Crimea: Occupying state massively eradicates ethnic celebrations – Amnesty International

Amnesty International concluded, that Russia has had ten years to implement its policies designed to alter the ethnic makeup of and suppress non-Russian identities in Crimea

Ukraine realises war will end with negotiations, there is Zelenskyy’s peace formula for this – Security and Defense Council Secretary of Ukraine

Ukraine realises war will end with negotiations, there is Zelenskyy’s peace formula for this – Security and Defense Council Secretary of Ukraine

Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC), Oleksandr Lytvynenko, expressed confidence that the formula will garner support at the Peace Summit in Switzerland this June 2024, believing "this real diplomatic track has every chance of contributing to a just peace."

Russian strike kills six civilians, injures 28 in Kharkiv recreation area

Russian strike kills six civilians, injures 28 in Kharkiv recreation area

Head of Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration, Oleh Syniehubov, stated that the Russian invaders targeted an area where civilians were relaxing. The police confirmed five fatalities, including a pregnant woman, with at least 28 injured

Russia’s forced demographic changes in Crimea violate international law – Amnesty International

Russia’s forced demographic changes in Crimea violate international law – Amnesty International

Russia has had ten years to implement its policies designed to alter the ethnic makeup of and suppress non-Russian identities in Crimea. Through population transfer and coercive policies targeting minorities, it has sought to dilute and remove Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar identity from the peninsula

Most Ukrainians consider democracy the best system of government

Most Ukrainians consider democracy the best system of government

In this trend, it joins European countries, with Sweden, Austria, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland occupying the top five positions

Russian occupying authorities harassed journalist Lutfiye Zudiyeva in Ukraine’s Crimea

Russian occupying authorities harassed journalist Lutfiye Zudiyeva in Ukraine’s Crimea

Lutfiye Zudiyeva has covered the plight and trials of Crimean political prisoners as a member of the grassroots initiative Crimean Solidarity since 2016. She joined the editorial staff of the media project Graty in July 2021 and is interning in forensic journalism and storytelling

Russia militarizes education and erases cultural identity of children in temporarily occupied Crimea – UN and Amnesty International

Russia militarizes education and erases cultural identity of children in temporarily occupied Crimea – UN and Amnesty International

The International Court of Justice found that the way in which Russia had implemented its educational system in Crimea after 2014 with regard to school education in the Ukrainian language had violated its obligations under Articles 2(1)(a) and 5(v) of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

EU explains why it still recognises Vladimir Putin as Russia’s president

EU explains why it still recognises Vladimir Putin as Russia’s president

Ukraine's Central Election Commission (CEC) declared the results of Russian ruler Vladimir Putin's so-called "elections" to be null and void and the Kremlin leader himself illegitimate

Crimea as a launchpad: Russian Forces utilise temporarily occupied Crimea for deadly attacks on civilians in Ukraine – Crimean Human Rights Group

Crimea as a launchpad: Russian Forces utilise temporarily occupied Crimea for deadly attacks on civilians in Ukraine – Crimean Human Rights Group

Since late September 2022, Russians have been active in using Iran-made SHAHED kamikaze drones to attack civilian infrastructure. A substantial part of such drones is also launched from the occupied peninsula territory

Russians decimate entire street in border village of Kharkiv Oblast using modified FAB-1500 glide bomb

Russians decimate entire street in border village of Kharkiv Oblast using modified FAB-1500 glide bomb

No more than a hundred locals were in this border village in the Kupiansk district, and no soldiers were present

India’s Trapped Sons: Duped by Russia, Indian citizens forced to fight on the front in Ukraine

India’s Trapped Sons: Duped by Russia, Indian citizens forced to fight on the front in Ukraine

BBC News told the stories of affected persons, including David Moothappan, 23, from the Indian village of Pozhiyoor in Kerala

Russians kill seven people and injur 32 civilians in their Odesa ballistic missile strike, likely with cluster munitions (updated)

Russians kill seven people and injur 32 civilians in their Odesa ballistic missile strike, likely with cluster munitions (updated)

Kiper reported that as of 22:00, four people had been reported killed, along with a dog. Another man died of a stroke brought on by the attack. A total of 32 people were injured, and 25 are in hospital, including two children and a pregnant woman

Crimean human rights organization explained how Russians persecute Crimeans who stand against Russian military aggression

Crimean human rights organization explained how Russians persecute Crimeans who stand against Russian military aggression

Crimean Process is still convinced that the application of article 20.3.3 of the Russian administrative offense code in the temporarily occupied territory is not directed at prevention of crime but is preserved exclusively as a tool of oppressing Ukrainian sentiment among Crimeans

Russians damaged four thermal power plants, injuring civilians

Russians damaged four thermal power plants, injuring civilians

Ukraine's Air Force reported the Russians used a total of 34 air-, ground- and sea-launched missiles. 21 missiles were shot down by Ukrainian air defense

Russia is ready to export its scheme of passport issuance into EU, post-Soviet countries and other European states – report

Russia is ready to export its scheme of passport issuance into EU, post-Soviet countries and other European states – report

A human rights lawyer of the Eastern Human Rights Group, Vira Yastrebova, warned countries to pay attention to these markers of their passport issuance

Nine people killied in a Russian strike in the Dnipropetrovsk region

Nine people killied in a Russian strike in the Dnipropetrovsk region

Besides the apartment block, two infrastructure facilities in Dnipro were damaged. Four houses were partially destroyed in the town of Synelnykove, and eight more were damaged. A facility in the town of Pavlohrad was also hit

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry outraged by Georgian PM’s statement about law on “foreign agents” and Ukraine

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry outraged by Georgian PM’s statement about law on “foreign agents” and Ukraine

The leading members of the European Parliament has stated that the “foreign agent” law passed in the first reading in Georgia is an attack on independent media and civil society and threatens the country's Euro-Atlantic integration

Eighteen dead in Russian missile strike on Chernihiv (updated)

Eighteen dead in Russian missile strike on Chernihiv (updated)

Ukraine's Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said there were more than 60 injured in the attack, which hit an eight-story building in a densely populated area. Two children were among the casualties. According to the officials, three missiles had struck close to the centre of the city

“Crippling strikes”: Russia destroyed key power plant in Kyiv oblast and aims to plunge Ukrainian cities into darkness (updated)

“Crippling strikes”: Russia destroyed key power plant in Kyiv oblast and aims to plunge Ukrainian cities into darkness (updated)

Armed Forces of Russian Federation launched another mass attack on Ukrainian critical infrastructure using Shahed kamikaze drones, cruise missiles launched from Tu-95MS aircraft, and Kinzhal hypersonic missiles and guided air missiles from Su-34 jets overnight on April 11

Russia has been suppressing freedom of expression and religion during years of temporarily occupation of Crimea – UN and Amnesty International

Russia has been suppressing freedom of expression and religion during years of temporarily occupation of Crimea – UN and Amnesty International

In temporarily occupied Crimea, Russia has significantly curtailed the space for civil society to function, including criticizing or advocating. Media outlets have been shut down, disproportionately impacting Crimean Tatar and Ukrainian communities' rights to free expression, information access, and cultural expression

“There are no LGBTQ+ people in Crimea”: Russia cracked down on the LGBTQ+ сommunity in the temporarily occupied peninsula

“There are no LGBTQ+ people in Crimea”: Russia cracked down on the LGBTQ+ сommunity in the temporarily occupied peninsula

As of 2014, the number of representatives of the LGBT+ community in Crimea amounted to approximately 16,200 persons. However, the number of people who remain in the territory in 2023 is unknown

Russia struck Kyiv by two ballistic missiles from temporarily occupied Crimea: ten people injured

Russia struck Kyiv by two ballistic missiles from temporarily occupied Crimea: ten people injured

The officials reported the debris from the rockets fell in the Pecherskyi, Solomianskyi, Holosiivskyi, and Darnytskyi districts of Kyiv, damaging two high-rise buildings and injuring five people, including one child

Russians significantly damaged Ukraine’s largest dam, the Dnipro Hydroelectric Power Plant, in mass missile attack (updated)

Russians significantly damaged Ukraine’s largest dam, the Dnipro Hydroelectric Power Plant, in mass missile attack (updated)

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy has repeated his calls for further military aid over recent days, specifically calling on the West to send Ukraine more air defence systems

A decade of repressions: Crimean Tatars and Ukrainains targeted in Russia’s brutal crackdown on dissent

A decade of repressions: Crimean Tatars and Ukrainains targeted in Russia’s brutal crackdown on dissent

Amnesty International stated that with international crimes, Russia has attempted to change the ethnic makeup of Crimea while suppressing non-Russian identities on the peninsula, including through restricting education in Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages, attacking religious minorities, stifling media and culture, as well as undermining representative institutions and abusing the criminal justice system

Ukrainian Watchdog OPORA urges global community to reject results of the Russian “presidential election”

Ukrainian Watchdog OPORA urges global community to reject results of the Russian “presidential election”

The NGO explains that the legitimacy of the entire result of the presidential election of the Russian Federation will be called into question by the very inclusion of ballots received in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, especially

OSCE’s Moscow Mechanism will help Ukraine show the true scale of war crimes committed against civilians by Russia in Ukraine

OSCE’s Moscow Mechanism will help Ukraine show the true scale of war crimes committed against civilians by Russia in Ukraine

According to the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the OSCE, after bilateral consultations with Ukraine, members of 45 OSCE delegations decided to apply the 8th paragraph of the Moscow Mechanism

From hospitals to prisons: 2022 report of Ukrainian Ombudsperson paints grim picture of human rights in custodial settings of Ukraine

From hospitals to prisons: 2022 report of Ukrainian Ombudsperson paints grim picture of human rights in custodial settings of Ukraine

Overall, 8% of the Ombudsman's recommendations presented in the report were fully fulfilled by Ukrainian ministries and administrations of the custodial settings, 62% were being implemented, and 30% were not fulfilled in 2022

Memories of Halyna Haiova, a torture survivor of the infamous Izolyatsia prison

Memories of Halyna Haiova, a torture survivor of the infamous Izolyatsia prison

Halyna Haiova, a senior nurse from the city of Dokuchaievsk, Donetsk region, was arrested by representatives of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) at her workplace on October 14, 2016. She was accused of having pro-Ukrainian views and helping the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The woman was held in captivity for nearly sixteen months, most of which she spent in the Izolyatsia torture prison. Then, she was transferred to Donetsk pre-trial detention center, where she stayed for 105 days.  Haly

UN ruling might fuel Crimean Tatar persecution by Russia – Chairman of Mejlis Refat Chubarov

UN ruling might fuel Crimean Tatar persecution by Russia – Chairman of Mejlis Refat Chubarov

Chubarov believes that in the current circumstances, the best "trial" for the Russians is the Ukrainian Armed Forces

The ICJ finds Russia only partially guilty of financing terrorism and discrimination of Crimean residents

The ICJ finds Russia only partially guilty of financing terrorism and discrimination of Crimean residents

The verdict was announced by Judge Joan Donoghue, a ZMINA correspondent reports

White Paper on preparation and conduct of postwar elections presented in Ukraine

White Paper on preparation and conduct of postwar elections presented in Ukraine

The White Paper also contains a list of proposed solutions to the most pressing problems that need to be resolved before the election process is announced, with arguments for the time frame required for their implementation

Ukrainian family from Kyiv awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations

Ukrainian family from Kyiv awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations

Mariia and Mykhailo lived in the village of Pyrohivka, Khmelnytrskyi region, until the end of the Second World War. Then, they returned to Komsomolske, where they were reunited with their father after the war

Russians killed at least 18 civilians in missile strikes on Kyiv, Kharkiv, and other cities while Republicans in the US Congress blocked military aid to Ukraine (updated)

Russians killed at least 18 civilians in missile strikes on Kyiv, Kharkiv, and other cities while Republicans in the US Congress blocked military aid to Ukraine (updated)

Earlier, National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov called on the world to provide Kyiv with more weapons to stop Russian aggression

Attack in Donetsk market kills civilians, Ukraine vows to hold perpetrators accountable

Attack in Donetsk market kills civilians, Ukraine vows to hold perpetrators accountable

Civilians have been killed and injured as a result of an attack on a market in Donetsk on January 21, 2024

Kyiv responds to Slovak PM who suggested concession against the territorial integrity of Ukraine

Kyiv responds to Slovak PM who suggested concession against the territorial integrity of Ukraine

The Slovak prime minister noted that he intends to announce at the meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Denys Shmyhal that he will block Ukraine's accession to NATO in every possible way

Key Russian drone manufacturer of “Orlan-10” UAVs maintains production despite sanctions: leaked documents

Key Russian drone manufacturer of “Orlan-10” UAVs maintains production despite sanctions: leaked documents

According to the leaked documents, the propellers and engines of Orlan-10 are produced by the Chinese company T-Motor. The flight controllers and GPS modules are produced by the Chinese Radiolink Electronic Limited. Laptops are from Lenovo and cameras are from Sony

Bundestag rejects opposition proposal to supply Taurus to Ukraine

Bundestag rejects opposition proposal to supply Taurus to Ukraine

The CDU and CSU had already wanted to put the issue of the supply of Taurus missiles to a vote in the past. Still, the corresponding proposal was submitted to the committees by the coalition majority

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy asks Trump: What will you do if Putin doesn’t stop?

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy asks Trump: What will you do if Putin doesn’t stop?

On the previous day, after Donald Trump's victory during the Republican primaries in Iowa the former U.S. President said: “I would bring Putin and Zelenskyy to the table and end the war…”

Mariupol resident, Mariana Checheliuk’s health deteriorated significantly due to captivity

Mariupol resident, Mariana Checheliuk’s health deteriorated significantly due to captivity

Mariana Checheliuk, a 24-year-old police officer from Mariupol, has suffered a significant deterioration in her health and immune system due to her extended stay in captivity. In August 2023, she was transferred from a prison in Taganrog to Mariupol, where she is still being held.

If Ukraine had been given seven Patriot systems, people would not have been killed – Zelenskyy addressed Ukraine’s Western partners

If Ukraine had been given seven Patriot systems, people would not have been killed – Zelenskyy addressed Ukraine’s Western partners

Zelenskyy also pointed out the delays in supplies of Western weaponry, noting that many Ukrainians are being killed while the Ukrainian forces wait for this aid

Russians hit 4 oblasts with missiles: 4 Ukrainians killed, 45 more injured while Republicans in the US Congress blocked military aid to Ukraine (updated)

Russians hit 4 oblasts with missiles: 4 Ukrainians killed, 45 more injured while Republicans in the US Congress blocked military aid to Ukraine (updated)

It should be understood that such targets can be shot down only by systems capable of doing it, particularly by Patriot systems, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, Colonel Yurii Ihnat, explained

A Russian missile strike killed 11 people, including five children, in Donetsk Oblast while Republicans in the US Congress blocked military aid to Ukraine

A Russian missile strike killed 11 people, including five children, in Donetsk Oblast while Republicans in the US Congress blocked military aid to Ukraine

S-300 missiles hit the town of Pokrovsk in Ukrainian-held territory in Donetsk region

Russians killed 5 civilians, injured 129 in Ukraine on January 2. Fires still being put out in Kyiv

Russians killed 5 civilians, injured 129 in Ukraine on January 2. Fires still being put out in Kyiv

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to "intensify" attacks against Ukraine