Russia kills Minsk Agreement, with lives of over 300 Ukrainian hostages and POWs in danger

Halya Coynash Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group From left clockwise Hryhory Sinchenko, Yuri Shapovalov, Bohdan Kovalchuk, Bohdan Maksymenko, Pavlo Podvezko, Olena Fedoruk, Valery Matyushenko, Oleg Shevandin, Olena Pyekh, Marina Yurchak By ‘recognizing’ its proxy republics in Donbas and openly invading Ukrainian territory, Russia has unilaterally withdrawn from the Minsk Agreement.  Since Russia had long used … Continue reading Russia kills Minsk Agreement, with lives of over 300 Ukrainian hostages and POWs in danger

Socialist who exposed Russia’s hypocrisy about Ukraine gets 6-year sentence for social media posts

Darya Polyudova in 2014 with a placard reading Ukraine, we are with you, in court in 2021 (second photo from Grani.ru) By Halya Coynash - republished from Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group A Russian military court has convicted Darya Polyudova of ‘justifying terrorism’ over a reposted photo and text on the social network VKontakte and of ‘public … Continue reading Socialist who exposed Russia’s hypocrisy about Ukraine gets 6-year sentence for social media posts

Neo=Nazi thugs attack LGBT Equality Festival in Lviv

Halya Coynash  Kharkiv Human Human Rights Protection Group  The Equality Festival events planned for this weekend in Lviv have been disrupted and the activists effectively – and with violence – driven out of the city.   The police did not detain any of the young far-right thugs in masks who first harassed activists, then surrounded the … Continue reading Neo=Nazi thugs attack LGBT Equality Festival in Lviv

Human Rights body demands no Police collaboration with Azov xenophobes

Halya Coynash Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group Xenophobic statements just issued by members of the Azov Regiment can only compound mounting concern over reported collaboration between police and Azov Civic Corps activists in the Kyiv oblast.  They are especially chilling in the light of plans announced by Ilya Kiva, the newly appointed head of the police … Continue reading Human Rights body demands no Police collaboration with Azov xenophobes

“Jewish pogroms in Ukraine” that we all missed

BY Halya Coynash Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group Russia’s Foreign Ministry is again aware of ‘pogroms’ that experienced researchers of anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Ukraine and human rights groups would seem to have not noticed. The ministry’s keeping the details to itself however The BBC Russian Service reports that Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Human … Continue reading “Jewish pogroms in Ukraine” that we all missed

President signs dangerously flawed ‘decommunization’ laws

Halya Coynash  Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group  President Poroshenko has signed highly contentious laws one of which effectively criminalizes public expression of views held by many Ukrainians.  The assurance given that a bill will be tabled to rectify some of the problems appears to refer to only one of the laws and begs the question … Continue reading President signs dangerously flawed ‘decommunization’ laws

Continuing Obstruction of Odessa May 2 Investigation

Halya Coynash Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group Court rejection of a suit demanding access to forensic material connected with the events in Odessa on May 2, 2014 may not be breaking news, but it is yet another frustrating failure to understand the need for openness in this case.  Russian propaganda has from the outset worked to … Continue reading Continuing Obstruction of Odessa May 2 Investigation

Odessa May 2 trial turns into farce

By Halya Coynash Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group Whatever the reasons for delays and flaws in investigating and prosecuting crimes related to the disturbances, fire and deaths on May 2, 2014 in Odessa, procrastination serves only the interests of Russian propaganda’s ‘massacre’ claims Forty-eight people died in Odessa on May 2, 2014 during disturbances in the city … Continue reading Odessa May 2 trial turns into farce

Torture as usual at Kyiv police station?

Bitter déjà vu as the police of a Kyiv police station are accused of beating up an underage activist, keeping him in custody for what they claim was an attempt to destroy a Roshen chocolates kiosk, and long denying him access to a lawyer Well-known journalist and recently elected MP, Ihor Lutsenko has accused the … Continue reading Torture as usual at Kyiv police station?

St. Petersburg Neo-Nazi Sadist in Donbas – ‘Russia’s Pride and Glory’

Halya Coynash Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group From torturing puppies and calling on fellow neo-Nazis to kill down-and-outs and animals in St. Petersburg, Alexei Milchakov turned to killing Ukrainians in Donbas.  Graphic pictures of his time fighting together with Kremlin-backed militants can be found on his VKontakte page – “Alexei Milchakov - Russia’s Pride and … Continue reading St. Petersburg Neo-Nazi Sadist in Donbas – ‘Russia’s Pride and Glory’