Ukraine


    Ukraine: Unbearable uncertainty for families of the missing
    28.08.17
    ICRC

    For more than three years, eastern Ukraine has suffered conflict. Amid the world’s many other humanitarian crises, in Syria, or in Yemen for example, it can be easy to forget Ukraine. But the UN estimates that 10,000 people have lost their lives here since 2014. Thousands of families are grieving, and many, like Yuliia and Olha, have been condemned to wait for years to find out exactly what happened to their loved ones. “These are our fathers,” says Yuliia, taking a framed photograph off the shelf. “This one is Olha’s father, Serhii Uzakov, and this one here is my father, Volodymyr Bondarenko.” The two men disappeared almost three years ago. “It was November 27th 2014,” remembers...

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    Ukraine accuses Russia of terrorism at the International Court of Justice
    08.03.17
    Stéphanie Maupas, correspondent in The Hague

    Ukraine and Russia are this week facing off against each other before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. Kiev accuses Moscow of violating two international Conventions, one on funding terrorism and one on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination. It is asking the Court for urgent measures. Ukraine wants the ICJ to order Moscow to stop supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine immediately and also stop violating the rights of ethnic Tatars in Crimea. It is asking the Court to do this urgently, before making any pronouncement on the substance of the case,...

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    Transitional Justice in Ukraine: Reconciliation or Reconsolidation of Post-Communist Trauma?
    17.10.16
    Ilya Nuzov

    Shortly after the 2014 Maidan Revolution, during an international armed conflict with Russia in the East of the country, Ukraine adopted a package of four Decommunization Laws addressing its Soviet history. Largely a product of politics of memory, these measures further a particular understanding of past events that will likely continue to fuel division and distrust among Ukrainians, and between Ukraine and Russia.   Introduction   Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution in winter 2014 culminated in the ouster of Russia-backed President Viktor Yanukovych, after his refusal to sign a European Union...

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    Statue of controversial Bolshevik leader toppled in Ukraine Russia
    31.01.16
    AFP

    Ukrainian activists in the eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk on Friday night toppled a statue of controversial Bolshevik leader Grigory Petrovsky, implicated in a famine that killed millions in the 1930s, city hall said. Several young men toppled the 12-tonne bronze statue of Petrovsky -- nicknamed "the butcher" for his role in the collectivisation of agriculture that led to a famine known as Holodomor -- as they sung the Ukrainian national anthem, a YouTube video of the incident showed.The monument, which had been inaugurated in 1976, will be now kept in a museum, Dnipropetrovsk mayor Borys Filatov said on his Facebook page, referring to Petrovsky as "the butcher."Dnipropetrovsk, which is...

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    Ukraine gives ICC green light to probe alleged crimes in the East
    09.09.15
    Julia Crawford, JusticeInfo.Net

    The Ukrainian government on Tuesday gave a green light to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate crimes committed on its territory since February 20, 2014, notably in the east of the country where some 8,000 people have been killed in a conflict between pro-Russian rebels and government forces. “Ukraine accepts the jurisdiction of the Court for the purpose of identifying, prosecuting and judging the authors and accomplices of acts committed in the territory of Ukraine since 20 February 2014,” says a letter from Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkine to the ICC. Ukraine is...

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