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The aim of the platform, administered by the Open Dialog Foundation, is to provide to up date information on human rights violations in Ukraine.

"New Mariupol“

"New Mariupol" is the name of an organisation which was officially registered only two weeks ago but has already changed the city’s image.

Life is back to normal in Sloviansk

Sloviansk nowadays is a city of contrasts. Evidence of fighting is still visible there and the withdrawing separatists have left not only a huge network of trenches near Siyemionovka (city’s suburbs), but even toothbrushes in the field washbasins they had organised. 

“Kiev Ruthenia” battalion on front Line

For many weeks now, the 11th “Kiev Ruthenia” Battalion has been surrounded on three sides and shelled by separatists. They can be reached only from the side of Debalcev and under a special permit only.

Maidan without the Maidan. In memoriam

The time has come when one may feel tempted to draw certain conclusions. The so-called “cleaning” of the Maidan, that is the removal of the tents that had stood there since winter, was a complete success. There is virtually nothing remaining in the Ukrainian capital main square to remind one of the “tent town” that used to be there barely a few weeks ago.

Self-Defense in their new base in Kyiv

Sotnyas managed to obtain permission from the municipal authorities to take over the old Pechersk citadel. The idea was supported in the first place by historians, who had for a long time stood in stern defense of this monument of architecture from subsequent attempts to have it demolished.

Is it patriotism yet?

In Kyiv he understood – all that was left for him was Ukraine. Ukraine told him clearly what to do. Ukraine was sunflower fields and no stupid questions asked. A dead friend’s memento knife.

Maidan’s last days

The last phase of so-called Maidan “cleansing” that is to say the removal of the last tents is just about to finish. 


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A Train Incident

After the photographic equipment was found during the search, a question followed, “A journalist?” I nodded. The border guard takes my passport and leaves of about 5 minutes. He returns accompanied by 4 colleagues. The thorough search begins. My documents are re-inspected: editorial assignment, press card, press credentials. Then he’s disappearing with my passport again. Alone for 5 minutes more. Two of them return, “How long are you going to stay?” “For a week, I suppose”, I reply. “How much money do you have with you?” I tell the sum in cash and show my card.  “Your return ticket?” I reply that I am travelling with an open return date, depending on the circumstances. “Don’t you know about the new law which says that one must show a return ticket on entering Ukraine?” No, I don’t.

They go away again. Two border guards return, accompanied by two SSU officers. They have searched for my name (Victor Maistrenko) in the database, and they know that I returned from Crimea not long ago. They ask about the purpose of my trip and where my previous reports can be found.

Answer: to show the real state of affairs to the readers when I return. “They show all you need on TV”, the SSU officer reacts “there’s no use in such trips”. Then they ask about Crimea. I tell them that the referendum showed the actual opinion of the Crimeans. The SSU officer, “What do you mean real? Says you! And the referendum was fair, eh?...” The border guards and the SSU officers stamp my passport with the Ukraine entry permit and leave.