Eight women with a heavy form of drug addiction and symptoms of sexual abuse were freed from “DNR” terrorists

By Crime.in.ua 10.25.2014 Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine Eight young women, having been hooked on drugs by force and used for sexual slavery, were freed from the captivity of “DNR” [Donetsk People’s Republic] terrorists near Debaltseve, Ukraine. Now the liberated women are undergoing medical treatment at a hospital in Kharkiv, according to Informator.lg.ua.…

Notes from Kyiv: A girl and cookies.

Posted on January 27, 2015 by tilamuse Mykola Serbin, Kyiv resident 01.25.2014 Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine 2 pm. Novus [supermarket] located at Druzhby Narodiv [boulevard in Kyiv]. Last cash register. At the checkout in front of me is a girl about seven years of age, buying a pack of inexpensive cookies, paying…

All-enveloping silence persists around rape in Ukraine conflict

By Antonina Vikhrest/Guest Blogger — January 15, 2015 The conflict in eastern Ukraine, now in its 10th month, has taken a heavy toll on the country’s population. Wide-ranging violations of international humanitarian law have been documented on both sides of the conflict, following clashes between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukrainian government forces in the eastern…

Ukraine: Rebel Forces Detain, Torture Civilians

Dire Concern for Safety of Captives August 28, 2014 (Berlin) – Russian-backed insurgent forces in eastern Ukraine are arbitrarily detaining civilians and subjecting them to torture, degrading treatment, and forced labor. They also have detained civilians for use as hostages. The basement of the security services building used by pro-Russia separatists as a detention place…

Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko Vows To Die In Prison If Not Freed

January 13 marks one month since Nadia Savchenko, the Ukrainian military pilot held in Russia, began her hunger strike. Savchenko says she is determined to starve to death in pretrial detention if Russian authorities do not release her. “A person who was born free and not a slave in captivity cannot live in prison, especially…