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Ukraine | Hungarian minority in Transcarpathia is under attack

Transcarpathian region is a Western part of Ukraine. It has ethnically mixed population with relatively large Hungarian minority. Since February Ukrainian fascists several times attacked their cultural society. At night on February 4 an unknown person threw a Molotov cocktail in the window of Hungarian culture society. The society is located in Uzhgorod, the main city of  Transcarpathia. On February 27 a new attempt was done to put it on fire. It was prepared better and caused a fire in the society office. 25 square meters were burnt. The police noted then that the fire was preceded by an explosion. A week later alleged arsonist was arrested. He is military personnel of Ukrainian army and fought in Donbas on the side of Kiev regime. The court arrested him for two months.

Ukraine | Ukraine continues discrimination of national minorities

On February 28, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine declared the law “On the Basics of the State Language Policy”, adopted in 2012, unconstitutional. The law guaranteed the rights of the national minorities languages ​​and was agreed with EU experts. The first attempt to abolish the law was made exactly four years ago in February 2014, when a coup d’état took place in Kiev. Then the Ukrainian parliament voted to repeal this law. This decision provoked a wave of protests in the south-east of Ukraine and became one of the reasons for the uprising in the Donbas. Frightened of the protests, the then Speaker of the Parliament Turchinov did not sign the already adopted resolution.

Ukraine | Unidentified cat spy or farce style criminal persecution

Ukrainian media reported that in the criminal case of opposition journalist Vasily Muravitsky, who was arrested on charges of high treason, scandalous details were revealed. Andrei Gozhyy, Muravitsky’s lawyer, said that the special services accuse him of contacting a secret Russian agent called Pampukh. But in fact, Pampukh is not a man, but a cat that lives with his relatives.
Julia Maltseva, the owner of the cat, confirmed the statement and placed a Facebook post describing her cat. According to Maltseva, Pampuh is a very respectful cat and could be “not just an agent, but also a curator”, but the presence of paws hinders it to play that role.
The owner makes her own guess, why the Ukrainian special services turned the cat Pampukh into a secret agent. She says that keeps company with Muravitsky, so they periodically called up and communicated:
“Last winter we decided to go to Vasya (diminutive from Vasily – edit.) for a few days to visit and take the cat with us. At that time, SBU obviously listened to Muravitsky’s telephone conversations for a long time, therefore, his promise to take Pampukh to the highest rank it took into account and thought that Pampukh is a very serious person, since we always name it only by nickname.”
Although the case of Muravitsky more and more resembles a farce, the Ukrainian special services intend to resolutely bring it to the end, and then it will not be funny, but sad. Opposition journalist Muravitsky was arrested by special services in Zhytomyr on August 1, 2017. He is suspected of state treason, encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, violation of the equality of citizens and the establishment of a terrorist organization. According to the SBU, his articles were published on “websites that were administered from the Russian Federation and temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.” The prosecutor’s office said that the journalist faces up to 15 years of imprisonment with confiscation of property.

Ukraine | Ukraine’s New Education Law Undermines Minorities’ Rights – PACE Resolution


On Thursday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution on the new Ukrainian law on education. This controversial law has already attracted harsh criticism from Ukraine’s neighboring states.

Ukraine | Ruslan Kotsaba Spoke in European Parliament About the Kiev Regime’s Repressive Apparatus

Ruslan Kotsaba and Tatyana Montyan told Ukraina.ru about what they spoke with European Parliament deputies, political scientists, and representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora in Belgium at the roundtable devoted to the restriction of freedom of speech and repression against dissidents…