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Ukraine | Ukrainian Nazis continue offensive… in the streets, courts and legislations

On June 1 Kiev’s city council has renamed one of the city’s major streets after Roman Shukhevich, a Ukrainian nationalist and Nazi officer who was commander of a radical militia responsible for mass murdering Jews and Poles during the World War II.

The decision was taken with 69 legislators voting in favor. An attempt to push the renaming through the same council failed last December, when it won only 41 votes. This time, the bill’s sponsors managed to collect the 61-vote benchmark needed to pass the draft into law.

Ukraine | Interview with freed journalist Ruslan Kotsaba, jailed in 2015 for speaking out against the war in Eastern Ukraine

The following interview with Ukrainian journalist Ruslan Kotsaba was published in Ukraina.ru on December 9, 2016. It is translated from the Russian original by Halyna Mokrushyna for New Cold War.org and CounterPunch.

USA | Lawyer for the journalist Kotsaba shocks European Parliamentarians with the truth about situation in Ukraine

Kyiv lawyer Tatyana Montyan, who represents Ruslan Kotsaba, a journalist from Ivano-Frankivsk arrested on Feb 7, 2015 for posting an antiwar video on the Internet, has returned from Brussels where she participated in a hearing and other meetings at the European Parliament on the case of her client. She spoke to journalists upon her arrival at the airport in Kyiv.
Montyan says the goal of the hearings was to tell the European Parliament what is actually happening in Ukraine. She says her goal was met. In addition to the case of Ruslan Kotsaba, other troubling cases were explained during the hearing which characterize the difficult human rights situation in today’s Ukraine.
“For example, I said that the legal defenders of Hennadiy Korban are accused of conspiring with the alleged criminal activity of their client, which concerns us regardless of our own attitude to Korban. The Europeans were very surprised.
“Moreover, they could not believe that Ruslan Kotsaba is sitting in jail for a year merely for a statement he made by video on YouTube.”
“I also explained how a witness of the prosecution threatened Ruslan Kotsaba right in the courtroom, threatening to kill his children and his entire family. The judges just sat there smiling, treating it as some kind of joke.”
“The Europeans didn’t believe me, so I showed them a video of the trial. Ruslan complained to the judges and made a formal appeal to the court to prosecute the witness over his threats. The judges replied that there was no crime,” said Montyan.
Montyan also explained in Brussels the existence of the website ‘Peacemaker’. The Parliamentarians were very surprised to hear of a website that publishes the names, photos and other personal information of people who are guilty of nothing but are labeled as enemies of the people and “separatists”, humiliated and deprived of their civil rights.
“European parliamentarians were told by us of the economic ‘reforms’ taking place in Ukraine. It was news for them that standards of living have fallen threefold. They haven’t heard that we have armed men roaming the streets.
“Nobody ever explains in Europe the truth about what is actually happening in Ukraine,” said Montyan.

Ukraine | Journalists’ persecution

December 24 Ukrainian security services raided the famous Odessa journalist Grigory Kvasnyuk. Kvasnyuk opposes the regime in Kiev. State security accused Kvasnyuk of encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
This is not the first time that the Ukrainian special services persecute journalists.
22 December 34 MEP from 5 political factions and the 17 countries of the European Union reminded the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko persecution of Ruslan Kotsaba, a journalist from Western Ukraine. They sent a joint letter to Poroshenko.
Parliamentarians demand to release “immediately and unconditionally” Ruslan Kotsaba. The signatories stress that Ukraine, as a country aspiring to join the EU, is obliged to respect the right to freedom of expression as it is declared in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (2000).
“This right includes freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority regardless of frontiers” – say MEPs.
However, Kiev regime ignores all such appeals. It goes to Europe in its own way.