Selfie Soldiers: Russia Checks in to Ukraine

As the conflict in Ukraine continues, so too does Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial of any Russian involvement. But a recent report from think tank the Atlantic Council used open source information and social media to find evidence of Russian troops across the border. Using the Atlantic Council’s methodology, VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky follows…

You asked how to help: Adopt A Soldier

ADOPT A SOLDIER – a new project of the Ukraine War Amps  On Feb 26th, 2015 at Kyiv’s Central Military hospital, the Ukraine War Amps’ Adopt A Soldier project was founded, with former soldier Vyacheslav Buynovsky as its first recipient. Buynovsky has had one leg and one arm amputated. Adopt a Soldier aims to provide monthly stipends of approximately $50…

Heros of Our Back Land

Ukrainians support their army with their passion and skills. We will be stronger nation after the war is finished. Zastavyny [town in Ukraine] community constantly helps Ukrainian army. These wonderful people cook delicious meals for our soldiers. They raise money, buy pork, and process it. We [volunteer organization “Bukovyna to Ukrainian Army”] send it to…

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…