News from Ukraine Bulletin 26 (27 December 2022)

A Digest of News from Ukrainian Sources – DOWNLOAD HERE AS A PDF

News from the territories occupied by Russia:

Russia demolishes Mariupol Drama Theatre to try to blame Ukraine for its most heinous war crime  (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, December 27th)

Four Russian invaders sentenced to 11 years for torturing hostages in Kharkiv oblast  (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, December 27th)

Family of eight shot dead in occupied Makiivka, the youngest was 1 year old  (Ukrainska Pravda, December 27th)

Occupiers forbid residents of Hornostaivka to leave their homes for 10 days – General Staff  (Ukrainska Pravda, December 24th)

Brutal torment of young Mariupol woman imprisoned at Olenivka ‘concentration camp’ and in Russia  (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, December 23rd)

Two Italian journalists and their interpreter targeted by Russia forces in Kherson  (International Federation of Journalists, December 22nd)

Mass grave of Russian-killed people found in Kherson Oblast   (Ukrainska Pravda, December 21st)

Ukraine: Russians Pillage Kherson Cultural Institutions  (Human Rights Watch, December 20th)

Terror by family against Crimean Tatars in Russian-occupied Crimea  (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, December 20th)

Prison in Kherson: locals often heard screams coming from within  (Tribunal for Putin, December 20th)

Ukrainian civic journalist was ‘voluntarily’ abducted, asphyxiated and beaten by Russian FSB  (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, December 19th)

News from Ukraine – general:

The KVPU humanitarian mission visited Chernihiv Oblast  (Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine, December 26th)

Ukrainians believe in return of all occupied territories, do not want to concede anything for sake of victory – survey  (Zmina, December 23rd)   

Ukraine’s largest Orthodox church accused of collaborating with Russia  (OpenDemocracy, December 20th)   

Ukrainian union works throughout the war  (Industriall Union, December 20th)  

Proceedings against volunteers: Prosecutor General’s Office pledges cooperation with civil society in this matter  (Zmina, December 20th)   

Ukrainian employers use the war as pretext to cancel workers’ rights  (Europe Solidaire, December 16th)

Analysis and comment:

Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine and its rationale   (David Marples, Forum for Ukrainian Studies, December 23rd)

Punishment for collaborationism: proposals from human rights defenders  (Zmina, December 23rd)

From Street Protests to Circle Activism  (Posle (Russian socialist journal), December 22nd)

The resistance movement is being built on a scorched field. Conversation with DOXA, oppositional Russian media  (Spil’ne (Commons) socialist journal, December 20th)

How Putin could yet boost domestic support for the Ukraine war  (OpenDemocracy, December 16th)

“Meet Vera Petrovna! She is a cannibal.” 10 Russian anti-war poems  (The Insider, December 17th)

International solidarity:

Labour Movement Aid Delivered to Ukrainian Resistance (Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, December 22nd)

Their Anti-Imperialism and Ours  (Ukrainian Socialist Solidarity Campaign, December 16th), also here


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