Category Archives: Terrorism

Tortures in Donbas: Ukraine prosecutors identify about 600 victims

Donbas terrorists torture Ukrainian civilians / Photo from a media outlet controlled by ‘DPR’/’LPR’

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Iran names those responsible for PS752 downed aircraft

Missile system operator violated firing rules without permission Iran has named responsible for the Ukrainian plane shot down in January of this year near Tehran. It is the missile system operator, who violated the rules of firing “without permission”. This was stated by former Iranian lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeki with reference to the response to his request from the Minister of

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UIA plane crash: Kuleba rejects possibility of uncoordinated actions with partners

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba has rejected the possibility of any uncoordinated actions with Ukraine’s international partners in the investigation into the UIA plane crash near Tehran on January 8. “I have already explained that our position has not changed. We work towards a result in close collaboration with the colleagues from the International Coordination and Response Group for

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U.S. Labels Russian Far-Right Group as Foreign Terrorist Organization

The United States on Monday branded a Russian far-right group as a foreign terrorist organization, the first time it has targeted white supremacists with tools regularly used against jihadist groups. The State Department said that the Russian Imperial Movement runs two paramilitary training camps in St. Petersburg and has pulled in neo-Nazis from across the Western world. “This is the

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12 civilians died from mines explosion in Donbas since beginning of 2020, – OSCE

20:30, 4 April 2020 Since 2017, the SMM has recorded about 300 civilian casualties Since the beginning of 2020, 12 deaths have been recorded in Donbas as a result of the mines explosion. This was announced by the head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Yashar Halit Cevik. According to Cevik, in 2019 mines and other explosive ordnance led to 48

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So-called Donetsk People’s Republic suggests ’10 for 8’ formula for prisoner exchange

According to its Ombudsman Darina Morozova, the Ukrainian side responded with a refusal The so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) suggested holding an exchange of prisoners with Ukraine via “10 for 8” formula in the shortest time. It was reported by TASS with reference to DNR’s Ombudsman Darina Morozova. According to Morozova, the proposal was made during the negotiations that took

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Russia-led forces use banned 82mm mortars to attack Ukrainian positions on Sunday

21:59, 22 March 2020 No Ukrainian army casualties have been reported today. Russia-led forces mounted one attack on Ukrainian positions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, on Sunday, having used proscribed weapons. In particular, they lobbed five 82mm mortar shells to attack Ukrainian troops deployed near the village of Vodiane in the Skhid (East) sector, the press center of Ukraine’s Joint Forces

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Former DPR commander admits that pro-Russian militants were killing civilians in Donbas

Alexander Khodakovsky, a former commander of the Vostok battalion and former Security Minister of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), described how DPR militants killed civilians. Journalist Denis Kazansky posted a fragment of Khodakovsky’s interview on his video blog. According to Khodakovsky, once the militants stopped a car with three civilians at a checkpoint in the Donbas. Subsequently, they took

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Divine retribution. Will The Hague Tribunal bring Russian killers of MH17 passengers to justice

11:30, 16 March 2020 The Dutch court held the first two hearings in the MH17 case and adjourned until March 23. Meanwhile, the Kremlin leaders have never been so close to the dock. Six years after the terrible plane crash that left 298 people dead, trees have grown a bit at the MH17 victims’ national park and the wounds of

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Ukraine agrees to dialogue with Russian-led republics

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson Ukrainian officials have agreed to begin talks with representatives of Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine, marking a significant policy departure following six years of refusals to enter into direct dialogue with the Kremlin-appointed authorities of the breakaway regions. The agreement in question was signed in Minsk on March 11 by representatives of the Trilateral Contact Group, which consists

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In controversial change, Ukraine to enter direct negotiations with Russian-led militants

By Oleksiy Sorokin President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak announced on March 13 that Ukraine will officially enter into direct negotiations with Russian-led militants for the first time in the six years of war in the Donbas. This drastically diverges from the country’s established policy of holding negotiations only with the aggressor state, Russia, and not legitimizing its

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UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission: Detainees tortured systematically in occupied Donbas

The detainees are systematically tortured, including by mock executions and electric shocks, in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine. “In self-proclaimed republics, we recorded a systematic practice of torture and ill-treatment of detainees. The frequency, intensity and length of the torture and ill-treatment varied considerably, however they usually continued until a detainee agreed to confess

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Russia in MH17 case: avoiding punishment at all costs

Let’s imagine that someone commits murder, with eyewitnesses present. That someone didn’t even try to flee the scene or hide. ‘Here I am, here’s the weapon, it’s mine and it’s registered.’ But then that person suddenly changes their mind because they realize they killed the wrong person. And despite the dead solid evidence, despite own confession, despite testimonies of many

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Russia tried to hinder, influence MH17 investigation on multiple fronts

By Janene Pieters Russia, and specifically the Russian secret service GRU, used multiple tactics to influence and hinder the investigation into the downing of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine, the Volkskrant reports based on sources and its own research just days before the trail against the first four suspects in this case is set to start. The Dutch investigators are convinced

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Deadly Russian Plane Crash ‘Not Terrorism,’ Egypt Says

A Russian passenger plane crash in Egypt was not an act of terrorism and the identities of its victims are unknown, an Egyptian appeals court ruled recently, according to the Kommersant business daily. Metrojet Flight 9268 crashed minutes after takeoff from the Egyptian resort Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg on Oct. 31, 2015, killing all 224 people onboard. International investigators

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Day of Crimea’s resistance to Russian occupation marked today

Day of Crimea’s resistance to Russian occupation is marked annually on February 26. Six years ago, on 26 February 2014, a several thousand strong rally of pro-Ukrainian activists and Crimean Tatars in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and against holding an extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada of Crimea took place in Simferopol. About 12,000 Crimean Tatars gathered

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Bellingcat Names Russian Diplomat as Bulgarian Poisoning Suspect

One of three Russian men charged with poisoning a Bulgarian arms dealer was an accredited diplomat, according to a joint investigation by Russia’s The Insider news website, the investigative outlet Bellingcat and Swiss media. Bulgarian prosecutors charged three Russians including Georgy Gorshkov last month with the attempted murder of arms factory owner Emilian Gebrev and two other Bulgarians in spring

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Legal battle: How Ukraine sues Russia in international courts

Article by: Oleksiy Vynohradov  There are quite a few international judicial instances in Europe and each court has its own jurisdiction. And it is not so easy to puzzle out differences between them. Ukraine had filed lawsuits in all those courts. RFE/RL’s radio Donbas.Realii has put together a review of Ukrainian state-level legal actions for damage and casualties of war,

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U.S. Arrests Mexican Citizen Allegedly Recruited by Russia

U.S. authorities in Miami arrested a Mexican citizen who had been recruited by a Russian government official to locate and obtain the license plate number of the car of a “U.S. government source,” the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, a resident of Singapore, was arrested on Sunday after he arrived at Miami International Airport with

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Russia claims not involved in latest Donbas escalation

At the same time, Peskov told journalists the Kremlin was aware of today’s clash “between the ‘Luhansk People’s Republic’ and the Ukrainian Armed Forces”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov claims it would be “completely wrong” to raise the issue of Russia’s responsibility for the latest violent escalation in Donbas. Answering a question of an UNIAN correspondent in Russia on whether the

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