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  • Even If Ukraine’s Ports Open Up Tomorrow, It Will Take “Months” To Demine Them: UN

    06/08/2022 5:05:40 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    Zubu Brothers ^ | 6-8-2022
    At a moment global humanitarian and hunger relief groups are warning of a “catastrophe” for already vulnerable populations particularly in Africa and the Middle East which rely heavily on Ukrainian and Black Sea region grain exports, the United Nations has said it will likely take “months” to de-mine Ukraine’s ports. The war-torn country is the fourth biggest exporter of grain in the world. Hundreds of merchant vessels had been stranded in the war’s opening months at Ukrainian ports following the Russian invasion, and still nearly 100 remain stuck along with their crews. This week a special advisor on maritime security...
  • Russians Detain, Torture Journalists in Occupied Kherson: Report

    06/08/2022 10:41:56 AM PDT · by SwotSonOfSitetest · 32 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | June 8, 2022 | Anthony Grant
    Russian forces are holding hundreds of people in “torture chambers” in occupied Kherson, a Ukrainian official has said. “According to our information, some 600 people are … being held in specially converted basements in the region of Kherson," the Ukraine presidency’s permanent representative in Crimea, Tamila Tacheva, said.According to Ukrinform, Ms. Tacheva said that Russian invaders have confined these prisoners within “specially equipped rooms, in torture chambers,” Ukrinform reported. Most of those being held in “inhuman conditions” are “journalists and militants” who organized “pro-Ukrainian gatherings” in Kherson following its occupation by Russian forces in 2014.
  • Over 1,000 Ukrainian prisoners of war sent to Russia for investigation

    06/08/2022 9:45:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 7, 2022
    More than 1,000 Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered in the city of Mariupol have been transferred to Russia for investigation, Tass news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a Russian law enforcement source. “More than 1000 people from Azovstal were brought to Russia. Law enforcement organs are working with them closely,”
  • Russia turns on Putin: Politicians demand ‘immediate withdrawal’ from Ukraine as 100 servicemen are fired for refusing to take part in the invasion

    05/27/2022 9:52:40 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/27/2022 | Will Stewart
    A veteran Russian legislator has issued an appeal to Vladimir Putin to stop military action, bring his troops home and end the war in Ukraine. Communist deputy Leonid Vasyukevich, 69, blasted the use of Moscow’s servicemen in Ukraine, as a Russian court dismissed more than 100 national guardsmen in the first case of soldiers refusing to fight in Ukraine as politicians demanded the army return home. Members of the National Guard of the Russian Federation, a separate military branch from the Russian army refused to carry out an assignment related to Moscow's 'special operation' in Ukraine. A military court in...
  • Russian Atrocities Prompt Bipartisan Push to Expand U.S. War Crimes Law

    05/18/2022 11:27:03 AM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 57 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 05/16/2022 | Charlie Savage
    WASHINGTON — Leading senators of both parties have struck a deal over a draft bill that would expand a 1996 war crimes law to give American courts jurisdiction over cases involving atrocities committed abroad even if neither party is a U.S. citizen, in the latest response to Russia’s apparent targeting of civilians in Ukraine. The idea behind the draft, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, is that if someone who committed war crimes abroad later comes to the United States and is discovered, that person could be prosecuted for those actions by the Justice Department.Killings...
  • Journalists identify Russian soldier who bragged to his wife about killing civilians

    05/16/2022 7:28:45 AM PDT · by · 70 replies ^ | May 14, 2022 | Staff
    Dmytro Ivanov is a Russian who bragged to his wife about the killings of civilians in Ukraine According to SBU, Russian troops are suffering from psychological effects of the atrocities they carry out in Ukraine. Their wives are becoming audibly afraid of the kind of people their husbands are turning into. “I can take a person and then ‘bam’ – (shoot them) in the head, from a machine gun, or a Kalashnikov (assault rifle), mowing down a hundred people in one go,” the soldier can be heard saying in the recording. “You don’t believe me? Nastya, I’ve become a f***wit,...
  • Ukraine Begins First War Crimes Trial of Russian Soldier

    05/13/2022 4:29:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/13
    Ukraine has started its first war crimes trial since the beginning of Russia's invasion, with a 21-year-old soldier appearing in the dock accused of killing an unarmed civilian. Vadim Shishimarin appeared at a preliminary hearing in Kyiv. He faces life in prison if convicted. Ukraine says it has identified thousands of potential war crimes committed by Russia. Russia has denied targeting civilians and made no comment on the trial.
  • “Three Russian soldiers raped my mother and sister. The fourth made me watch.” Hundreds of cases of rape by Russian soldiers in Ukraine

    05/13/2022 12:51:41 PM PDT · by lump in the melting pot · 181 replies
    Euromaidan Press ^ | April 25, 2022 | Orysia Hrudka
    On 12 April, President Zelenskyy said that hundreds of rapes committed by Russian soldiers have been reported. Taking into account the numbers that appeared in the media, this is by no means an exaggeration. “Psy.for.peace” psychologist Vasylysa Levchenko told CNN journalist about 50 reports of rape by Russian soldiers, while Ukraine’s Ombudsperson hotline psychologist Oleksandra Kvitko said that she alone received 70 such reports. Ukraine’s Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova regularly receives information on new cases of rape which are made public only with the consent of the victims.
  • Russians caught on CCTV killing unarmed grandfather

    05/13/2022 5:44:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 MAY 2020 | Staff
    WARNING: Disturbing video of a Russian War Crime. I don't know if this guy that does the murder is the same one that the Ukraine is putting on trial today. Look at the USA flag on the Ukraine soldier's uniform near the end..........
  • House Democrats urge social media platforms to preserve potential evidence of war crimes in Ukraine

    05/12/2022 4:42:31 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 9 replies
    The hill ^ | 05/12/2022 | Caroline Vakil
    Top House Democrats wrote letters to the chief executives of four major social media platforms on Wednesday, urging them to preserve and archive content related to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that could be potential evidence of war crimes. The lawmakers asked Meta, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok to preserve and archive posts related to the conflict “that may provide evidence of war crimes or human rights violations,” establish a mechanism with human rights-specific organizations to share that content and create a way for content depicting a possible war crime to be flagged by the platforms’ users.
  • Surveillance video shows Russian forces shooting civilians

    05/11/2022 5:50:01 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 73 replies ^ | May 11, 2022 | CNN/surveillance video
    New surveillance video obtained by CNN shows Russian soldiers shooting two civilians in the back, providing a stark example of a potential war crime by Russian forces.
  • All of the World's Democracies Together Should Issue A $100 Million Reward for Putin's Capture for War Crimes

    05/08/2022 1:36:09 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 85 replies
    Self (vanity) | May 8, 2022 | Stayfree
    Because Putin and the Russian army wrongly invaded Ukraine without provocation and committed numerous war crimes in the process, the world's democracies should issue a $100 million reward for the capture of Putin for his war crimes.
  • 1943: Rev. Leonard Kentish, kidnapped Australian civilian

    05/04/2022 1:56:08 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 7 replies ^ | May 4, 2016 | Headsman
    On lonely scrubland at the Aru Islands port of Dobo on this date in 1943, the Japanese military beheaded kidnapped Australian Rev. Leonard Kentish. Nobody knew his fate at the time — his wife spent years tring to discover it — but the so-called “Kentish Affair” was one of the true oddities of the Pacific War: a civilian of no particular import to the war effort who was snatched from Australian territorial waters. On January 22, 1943, the civilian Kentish, chief of Northern Territory Methodist missions to the aboriginal peoples, had hitched a ride on the HMAS Patricia Cam, a...
  • AP evidence points to 600 dead in Mariupol theater airstrike

    05/04/2022 7:56:17 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies ^ | May 4, 2022 | LORI HINNANT, MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and VASILISA STEPANENKO
    She stood in just her bathrobe in the freezing basement of the Mariupol theater, coated in white plaster dust shaken loose by the explosion. Her husband tugged at her to leave and begged her to cover her eyes. But she couldn’t help it — Oksana Syomina looked. And to this day, she wishes she hadn’t. Bodies were strewn everywhere, including those of children. By the main exit, a little girl lay still on the floor. Syomina had to step on the dead to escape the building that had served as the Ukrainian city’s main bomb shelter for more than a...
  • 'Rape and wanton violence': Civilians in Andriivka recount Russian occupation

    05/01/2022 10:24:46 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies ^ | 02/05/2022 | Gulliver CRAGG
    Civilians in Andriivka, a village about 60 kilometres west of Kyiv, are coming to terms with the devastation and trauma that they suffered during the month they spent under Russian occupation. When Russian soldiers first arrived in early March they expected to be welcomed as liberators. Once they realised that the locals did not want them there, they turned murderous.
  • The Despicable Ten: Ukraine reveals the faces of Russian soldiers accused of being among the ‘Butchers of Bucha’ who tortured and murdered civilians

    04/28/2022 4:06:21 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/28/2022 | Adam Solomons
    Ukrainian military officials have pictured and revealed names of Russian soldiers dubbed the 'Despicable Ten' who they accuse of carrying out war crimes in Bucha. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence released the names and faces of the men, stating: 'Ten Russian butchers from the 64th brigade have been identified and named suspects responsible for committing the Bucha massacre. 'This unit [has] been awarded for its atrocities, and returned to the battlefield. Justice for war criminals is inevitable.' Horrific images of dozens of bodies in civilian clothes lying in the streets, some with their hands tied behind their backs, in Bucha...
  • War in Ukraine: Street in Bucha found strewn with dead bodies

    04/02/2022 2:45:14 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 81 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 Hours Ago
    Journalists entering a Ukrainian town which saw fierce fighting with Russian forces have found dead bodies of men in civilian clothes strewn on a street. An AFP news agency reporter in Bucha, near Kyiv, counted at least 20 bodies. At least one man had his hands tied. Ukrainian forces regained control of the town this week and photos show widespread devastation. BBC journalists in another part of Ukraine found the bodies of two civilians killed by Russian forces. Earlier this week the BBC's Jeremy Bowen and his team counted a total of 13 bodies, some of whom may have been...
  • Western Claims of Russian Mass Graves Near Mariupol Another Fake News Hoax--I Know, I Went To See

    04/25/2022 4:12:47 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 56 replies
    Youtube ^ | April 24, 2022 | Eva K Bartlett
    According to Western media, now copy-paste reporting the same claims, Russian forces apparently secretly buried *up to 9,000 Mariupol civilians* in "mass graves" in a town just west of the city. Except, it never happened, there is no mass grave. It's actually just a normal, small, cemetery…no pits, no mass graves, just an orderly cemetery whose grave diggers refuted Western claims. On April 23, with journalist Roman Kosarev, I went to Mangush (Manhush in Ukrainian), found a normal cemetery setting, and spoke with the men responsible for burials, who refused the allegations and said they buried each person in a...
  • 3,000 of Russia’s feared Wagner mercenaries have already been killed in Ukraine after 8,000 were sent in to boost Putin’s flagging invasion, British MPs are told

    04/20/2022 1:13:32 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 129 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/20/2022 | Chris Jewers
    Nearly 8,000 mercenaries from the notorious Wagner Group have been deployed by Russia in Ukraine to boost Vladimir Putin's flagging invasion, but have suffered heavy casualties, British MPs have been told. Giving evidence to the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, Christo Grozev, executive director of the Bellingcat investigative website, said 3,000 members of the private military company (PMC) were thought to have been killed on the battlefield. The shadowy group - which has been linked to a string of killings, rapes and war crimes around the world - is known as Putin's private army which carries out his dirty work at...
  • ‘Thank You for Not Killing Us’: An ordeal at a mental health facility in BORODIANKA,UK illuminated the horrors of the Russian occupation in the areas around Kyiv.

    04/16/2022 2:24:10 PM PDT · by · 45 replies ^ | April 16, 2022 | Jeffrey Gettleman and Oleksandr Chubko
    The first sign of trouble was Chechen soldiers bursting through the gate. Jumping from Jeeps, combat boots hitting pavement hard, they ordered 500 patients and staff from Borodianka’s special care home into the courtyard, at gunpoint. “We thought we were going to be executed,” Maryna Hanitska, said home director. The Chechen's pulling out a camera, yelled at her to make everyone smile. Most were crying. “We command you to say to the camera, ‘Thank you, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin,’’’ the soldiers demanded. With several guns in her face, she thought of options. She would never thank Russia’s president, she called “a...