occupation

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 […]

Volunteer Yaroslav Zhuk stated that he was tortured in the Rostov pre-trial detention center
News - 19 June 2023

Volunteer Yaroslav Zhuk stated that he was tortured in the Rostov pre-trial detention center

Yaroslav Zhuk made a statement about torture with a shocker and brutal beating by officials of the Rostov-on-Don pre-trial detention center as soon as the court hearing in his case based on trumped-up charges began in early June of this year. Zhuk is a car mechanic and a resident of Melitopol, a city in the […]

Dmytro and Olena from Kupyansk imprisoned for sending SBU pictures of Russian equipment: Couple tells how they waited for town liberation in captivity
Articles - 07 November 2022

Dmytro and Olena from Kupyansk imprisoned for sending SBU pictures of Russian equipment: Couple tells how they waited for town liberation in captivity

During the occupation of Kupyansk, 30-year-old local resident Dmytro Hrechanyi was taking photos and recording videos of the movement of Russian military equipment and sending them along with geolocation marks to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). In early August, Dmytro and his girlfriend Olena [name is changed] were summoned to the police station for questioning: they were asked whether they cooperated with the Ukrainian special services. During the interrogation, the occupiers made a backup copy of the man's phone and found previously deleted pictures of military equipment. Both of them were imprisoned and held separately.

‘Do you need a corpse?’: reportage from Izyum hospital where hundreds of civilians, including those tortured almost to death by Russians, were saved during occupation
Articles - 10 October 2022

‘Do you need a corpse?’: reportage from Izyum hospital where hundreds of civilians, including those tortured almost to death by Russians, were saved during occupation

From the beginning of the full-scale invasion and until the liberation of Izyum from the Russian occupiers, the Izyum Central Hospital did not stop working even for a day. During the month of the heaviest shelling and bombing, seven people, including a plumber, an electrician, nurses, a traumatologist and a surgeon, provided care to hundreds of injured and sick. ZMINA tells how surgeries were performed and babies were born in the basement of the dilapidated hospital, as well as how two civilians tortured almost to death by the Russians were saved here.

Road for survival. How Ukrainians from occupied South cross Vasylivka to break free
Articles - 08 September 2022

Road for survival. How Ukrainians from occupied South cross Vasylivka to break free

 ZMINA talked to people, volunteers, and drivers who crossed the checkpoints in Vasylivka. In a few months, they turned into a separate world, subject to the changing mood of the occupiers – lawlessness reigns here, people have to spend nights by the road in tents and cars or neighboring villages, undergo humiliating inspections, and do not have access to healthcare. The physically and psychologically exhausting wait for departure has already claimed the lives of more than ten people.

‘I came for a cross to put on grave of murdered girl and was hit in teeth with buttstock’: reportage on Russian war crimes in Chernihiv region’s village
Articles - 30 August 2022

‘I came for a cross to put on grave of murdered girl and was hit in teeth with buttstock’: reportage on Russian war crimes in Chernihiv region’s village

At the end of June, a ZMINA journalist visited Shestovytsia together with the Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv experts who document the Russian war crimes of the Russians within Ukraine 5 AM Coalition. The article tells about life in the village during the occupation.

At least six thousand people remain in “internats” on the occupied territories
News - 30 March 2022

At least six thousand people remain in “internats” on the occupied territories

Human rights defenders call upon Ministries and other responsible bodies to assess the situation with internats in the war-affected areas and organize the evacuation of those that can be evacuated as soon as possible. 

For the second time in two weeks an activist was attacked in Ivano-Frankivsk
News - 17 August 2017

For the second time in two weeks an activist was attacked in Ivano-Frankivsk

The attacker threatened to kill the victim and other activists who were walking alongside him

Human rights defenders consider crimes committed by Crimean paramilitary formations as war crimes
News - 16 August 2017

Human rights defenders consider crimes committed by Crimean paramilitary formations as war crimes

They published an analytical report after analyzing the impact of Russian militarization on the situation with human rights in Crimea

Near Simferopol Crimean Tatar Izetov was taken to interrogation after his house was searched
News - 11 May 2017

Near Simferopol Crimean Tatar Izetov was taken to interrogation after his house was searched

This is the fourth “meeting” of law enforcers with Izetov

FSB has beaten and kidnapped the son of the Head of the Sudak Mejlis
News - 08 May 2017

FSB has beaten and kidnapped the son of the Head of the Sudak Mejlis

The reason for the search was an anonymous letter on the illegal circulation of arms and drugs and alleged involvement of Ametov

Amnesty International recognized historian Kozlovskyy as a prisoner of conscience
News - 05 May 2017

Amnesty International recognized historian Kozlovskyy as a prisoner of conscience

Amnesty International calls the case on charges of weapons possession fabricated and the proceedings as absurd

In Zhytomyr region homophobe attacked a beloved of the freelance employee of the Ministry of Social Policy
News - 04 May 2017

In Zhytomyr region homophobe attacked a beloved of the freelance employee of the Ministry of Social Policy

Police opened the case under Article 125 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (Intended minor bodily injury) and not under the article on a hate crime

Once again witnesses in the case of Mykola Semena did not appear in the “court”
News - 03 May 2017

Once again witnesses in the case of Mykola Semena did not appear in the “court”

For the third time witnesses Maria Kostiuk and Serhiy Meshkovyi failed to appear at a court hearing

Russia creates the illusion of development of the Crimean Tatar media in occupied Crimea
News - 10 April 2017

Russia creates the illusion of development of the Crimean Tatar media in occupied Crimea

Experts voiced recommendations that could improve the situation with freedom of speech on the peninsula

In Donbass militants are holding 121 Ukrainians in captivity
News - 05 April 2017

In Donbass militants are holding 121 Ukrainians in captivity

Also, according to the update information of the SBU, currently 418 people are on the list of missing persons

In Crimea children were given weapons again and “rode” on the APC
News - 25 March 2017

In Crimea children were given weapons again and “rode” on the APC

The occupation authorities organized the work of the field kitchen

In occupied Crimea FSB interrogated journalists of STB TV channel and set up surveillance
News - 24 February 2017

In occupied Crimea FSB interrogated journalists of STB TV channel and set up surveillance

On the administrative border in Armyansk for six hours FSB has interrogated every member of the filming crew