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Chronicle of repression in South Ukraine

Although the acute phase of the political conflict in Ukraine has passed, political repression continues on the territory controlled by Kiev regime. Intelligence agencies carry out arrests and actions of intimidation of disloyal citizens bringing fantastic charges against them.

January 12

SBU (Security service of Ukraine) detained a woman from Odessa region, who reposted on her page on the social network Russian media publications and publications of unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. SBU interprets these materials as “calls for a change in the state border” and the popularization of the DPR and LPR. An aggravating circumstance was also the fact that an Odessa woman occasionally traveled to Russia. After one of these trips she was arrested. Now she faces up to three years in prison.

January 17

Employees of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine searched the apartment and office of Andrei Domansky and his assistant. Domansky is a lawyer for journalist Cyril Vyshinsky, whom Ukraine accuses of treason. They took advantage of the absence of a lawyer who went to the city of Kherson to protect the interests of his client. Performance of lawyer’s professional duties causes bad suspicions in state security organs.

January 18

SBU claimed that Russian security services allegedly recruited an Odessa resident. According to the Ukrainian special services, they first gave the man simple tasks like transferring fees to moderators of “anti-Ukrainian communities” on social networks, but over time they offered a more serious task: to arrange an explosion on the Odessa-Brody pipeline.

The man allegedly was afraid to take such a serious step, and immediately appealed to the SBU.

Interestingly, the security services did not, as usual, use a person in the operational game to get solid evidence of Russia’s preparation for the terrorist attack in Ukraine and preferred for some reason to immediately make the case public without any evidence. Even more surprisingly, the unused pipeline was chosen as the object of sabotage.

January 18

Prosecutors of the Odessa Regional Prosecutor’s Office sent an indictment to the court against a 39-year-old Odessa citizen suspected of crimes against the state.

The investigation believes that on his page on the social network, the man posted posts calling for the secession of Odessa from Ukraine, the creation of a separate republic of Novorossia, and for “the decisive elimination of the current government.” Now he is accused of public calls for a violent change of the constitutional order. Pre-trial investigation in the relevant criminal proceedings was carried out by investigators of SBU.

January 24

Odessa resident was arrested for collecting humanitarian aid for the residents of Donbas.

The Security Service of Ukraine reports that in 2014 a man went to Russia, where he collaborated with a public organization collecting humanitarian aid for residents of the territories of unrecognized DPR and LPR. Recently, a man returned to Odessa. Here he was detained.

SBU also claims that arrested man “supported pro-Russian separatists in Odessa.” What exactly he did in this regard, the secret service did not specify. Whatever it was, the collection of humanitarian aid for the Donbas was regarded in SBU as “the financing of terrorism” (Article 258-5 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

January 24

On this day, the next unsuccessful court session in the case of Anatoly G. from Odessa was held, who on May 2, 2014 participated in the clashes on the side of the federalists. After the defeat of the federalists, he went to the Donbas and fought for Lugansk people’s republic. He later returned to Odessa, and was arrested on April 26, 2018.
Now the investigation accuses him of participating in a terrorist organization. The Kiev government considers LPR and DPR to be terrorist organizations, although there is no legal basis in Ukrainian legislation for this.

January 29

The SBU reported that the Khmelnitsky City Court sentenced a local woman to 6 years in prison for treason and the preparation of a terrorist act. The Security Service of Ukraine claims that the woman was recruited by the Russian special services and collected information on strategically important objects, and then she was assigned to perform a sabotage mission. SBU detained a woman in April 2017 at the Odessa bus station. In addition, the detainee is suspected of having administered the group in one of the Russian social networks banned in the country since January and “distributed anti-Ukrainian materials calling for the overthrow of the constitutional order and changes in the state border.”

January 29

Meanwhile, the US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch held a press conference where she stated that today Ukraine is on the way to building a strong rich state – a reliable partner for the United States of America, and Washington will always support Ukraine on this path, and an alternative to this are “brutal repression.” According to the ambassador in 2014, “the citizens of Ukraine have already rejected this system, and now they have the opportunity to confirm this choice again.”

Brutal repression in Ukraine began simultaneously with the catastrophic impoverishment of the country’s inhabitants after the victory of Euromaidan supported by the US government. Either the US ambassador does not know the situation in the country where she has to work, or deliberately calls black white.


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