Diana Kolodiazhna

Operation Blockbuster: why Russians shoot staged videos with detained Ukrainians
Articles - 06 June 2024

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

How Ukraine passes judgment on violations of the laws and customs of war?
Articles - 24 April 2024

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

“Mariupol is a pattern of Russian warfare” – how Russia destroyed the city
Articles - 12 February 2024

“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"

Ukraine: Ten victories in human rights in 2023
Articles - 07 January 2024

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

How the Ukrainian justice system deals with international crimes
Articles - 28 December 2023

How the Ukrainian justice system deals with international crimes

ZMINA analyzed how Ukraine is currently dealing with Russian crimes and what else needs to be done to ensure real justice

Three stories of women taken by Russians as civilian hostages from Kherson
Articles - 05 November 2023

Three stories of women taken by Russians as civilian hostages from Kherson

Olha and Svitlana told ZMINA about how Russian occupying forces took prisoners, hastily prepared new cells for them, and held civilian hostages on the occupied left bank of the Kherson region

A story of an elderly man from Balakliya on a 12-day hunger strike in Russian captivity
Articles - 18 August 2023

A story of an elderly man from Balakliya on a 12-day hunger strike in Russian captivity

Russian occupying forces took 73-year-old Viktor Illinsky from his home in Balakliya, Kharkiv region, in early August 2022. They wrapped a jacket around his head, put him in a military jeep, and drove him to the local police station. He was held with other civilian hostages, including another man in his 70s, in a cramped […]

‘Women are not beaten here in Ukraine, but our hands are free’: How Russians held women in seized TDC in Kherson
Articles - 19 July 2023

‘Women are not beaten here in Ukraine, but our hands are free’: How Russians held women in seized TDC in Kherson

At different times, at least 30 local women were held at a temporary detention center (TDC) in Kherson, including a policewoman, a housewife, a cadet of a military educational institution, and a head teacher of a gymnasium. This is described in the analytical report "‘Women's cells’ of Kherson torture chamber" which was prepared by Human Rights Centre ZMINA specialists based on testimonies of victims.

Torture as a policy of suppressing Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion – Report
Articles - 23 June 2023

Torture as a policy of suppressing Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion – Report

ZMINA Human Rights Center collected evidence of how Ukrainians were kidnapped, interrogated, and tortured en masse by Russian occupying forces during the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to human rights defenders, the Russian military treats the entire population of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine as a threat. Torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading […]

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