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"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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The new draft law on the status of Crimea could destabilise the situation in South-Eastern Ukraine

On 1 April, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is to vote on the adoption of the Law ‘On the rights and freedoms of citizens in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine’. Some provisions of the new law raise serious concerns among human rights activists. If they are adopted, the Crimea will become completely isolated from the rest of Ukraine. There is reason to believe that this could destabilise the situation in South-Eastern Ukraine.

The main concern was raised by the following provisions of the draft law:

  1. Restriction of freedom of movement in the temporarily occupied territory (Article 6). For citizens of Ukraine, foreigners and stateless persons, entering and leaving the temporarily occupied territory shall be only possible with special permission.
  2. Features of economic activities (Article 8). On the temporarily occupied territory, economic activities subject to state regulation (licensing, permits, certification) shall be prohibited. It shall be also prohibited to organise rail, road, sea, river, ferry and air connections.
  3. Collaborationist activities (Article 10). Any cooperation with the occupying authorities shall be considered treason andentail criminal liability.

 

The Open Dialog Foundation hereby warns Ukrainian authorities against adopting the Law ‘On ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine’ in the current reading, as it can have irreversible consequences and lead to a humanitarian catastrophe in the occupied territories.

Ukraine recognises Crimea as its territory and therefore should not isolate residents of the peninsula from itself and the rest of the world. This may lead to further destabilisation of the situation, also in south-eastern regions of Ukraine. Decisions on such complex issues should be made taking into account national interests and rights of the population of the occupied territories.

We believe that this draft law should go through additional stages of public debate and be subjected to public consultation of experts. Also, it must be submitted for assessment of the Venice Commission. It is only after these procedures that the draft law can be put to vote in Parliament.

The competent authorities of the EU, OSCE and missions of the EU (embassies) in Ukraine should warn the authorities of the country against making hasty decisions pertaining to the legislative initiative regarding the Crimea.

Andriy Osavoliyk