News from Ukraine Bulletin 31 (30 January 2023)

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

News from the territories occupied by Russia:

‘A concentration camp for kids’ Journalists discovered 14 Ukrainian orphans from Kherson in a Crimean orphanage with brutal conditions (Meduza, January 27th)
Ukrainian works of literature and history banned as ‘extremist’ in Russian occupied Luhansk oblast (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, January 27th)
Russia opens new prison for Ukrainian political prisoners abducted from Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, January 27th)
Mass detentions in occupied Crimea as Russia openly terrorizes Crimean Tatars (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, January 26th)
Many cultural monuments were destroyed in Crimea (Tozhsamist, January 25th)
A casting call for opportunists The Kremlin is gearing up for local and parliamentary ‘elections’ in the annexed Ukrainian regions (Meduza, January 25th)
Russia unleashes new wave of terror and arrests of Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, January 25th)
Ukrainian civilians disappear without trace after the Russians claim to have ‘humanely deported’ them (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, January 25th)
Russia holds over 100 abducted Ukrainians in Crimea, opened at least 200 administrative cases of ‘discrediting Russian army’ against Crimeans (Zmina, January 24th)
Russia wants to create over 20 penal colonies in occupied part of Ukraine (Ukrainska Pravda, January 24th)
Russia imports its own ‘judges’ to occupied Ukraine while planning ‘legal carte blanche’ for its atrocities (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, January 23rd)
Ukrainian political prisoner’s sentence increased for contempt of Russian kangaroo court (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, January 23rd)

News from Ukraine – general:

Sterilizing syringes with vodka and finding shrapnel in the back. What is it like to be a doctor in a bomb shelter? (Tribunal For Putin, January 28th)
Crop area decreases by 25% due to war (Ukrainska Pravda, January 28th)
Russian forces carry out new strike on apartment block in Chasiv Yar (Ukrainska Pravda, January 28th)
Changing of the guard in Kyiv Corruption in high office poses a danger to Ukraine’s vital relations with Western partners (Meduza, January 26th)
KVPU helps miners’ cities shelled by Russian forces (Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine, January 20th)

Analysis and comment:

Making sense of the Ukraine war (Tempest, January 27th)
Crimean People’s Republic (Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, January 26th)
Russia and South Africa: the oppressors make a deal (People and Nature, January 26th)
“A local girl asked: ‘Do you really believe you’re liberating us from the Nazis?’” Confessions of Russian and Soviet Occupation Witnesses (The Insider, January 25th)
Crime and circuit boards. How Russia works around sanctions to procure microchips for missiles (The Insider, January 25th)
The government let a warlord sue our best journalist: why it matters (OpenDemocracy, 25 January)

Research of human rights abuses:

Vital ECHR judgement opens way for Russia to be held accountable for MH17 and other war crimes in Ukraine (Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group, January 26th)
Helping people and gathering evidence: the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group in 2022 (Tribunal For Putin, January 22nd)

International solidarity:

Resisting war and repression in Putin’s Russia (Tempest, January 22nd)
Still fundraising for a truck (Solidarity Collectives, January 20th)

Notice of a meeting in the UK

Ukraine Solidarity Campaign Public Meeting: Tuesday 21st of February from 6:30 pm 

Speakers include: Pavlo Holota NGPU- Independent Union of Mineworkers of Ukraine// Yuliya Yurchenko Sotsialny Rukh -Social Movement of Ukraine// Oksana Holota, KVPU- Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine// Maria Exall – President of Trade Union Congress// Gary Smith General Secretary of GMB// Chris Kitchen General Secretary, National Union of Mineworkers// Simon  Weller Assistant General Secretary, ASLEF the train drivers union// Martin Cavanagh Deputy President, Public and Commercial Services Union// Nadia Whittome MP

Boothroyd Room Portcullis House, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2LW,  Nearest Tube Station: Westminster.


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