Mariana Bukhan Fear and torture: Story of most terrifying prison in occupied Donbas
Disgust, torture, and death… It's better to die than to further endure abuse… This is how five former prisoners of "Isolation," a former Donetsk art hub that the occupation forces turned into a secret torture chamber, speak of their time they did there. They all count on fair punishment for their offenders. However, will those human monsters from Isolation eventually be prosecuted?
19:00, 19 October 2020
Andriy Tsaplienko, Serhiy Shchekochikhin, Vitaliy Tkachuk A step short of betrayal: Enemy never made it to inspect Ukraine's positions in Donbas
Information about the "joint inspection" of Ukrainian positions near Shumy had the effect of a blasting bomb on many Ukrainians. Allowing the enemy into our trenches was not simply about "making concessions for the sake of peace," but about humiliating Ukrainian military and, ultimately, realizing the Kremlin's long-held dream of turning the war into an "internal Ukrainian conflict" in the eyes of international community.
14:00, 14 September 2020
Roman Tsymbalyuk Stanislav Aseiev: Donbas is disappointed and embittered over not becoming part of Russia. But this doesn't add any love to Ukraine
Journalist Stanislav Aseiev spent more than two years in captivity in the occupied Donetsk, most of the time – in a modern-day concentration camp, a special prison called "Izoliatsia". In an interview with UNIAN, he told about the "Russian world" idea and how this "world" looks from the inside.
18:00, 30 June 2020
Vlad Abramov NGO coordinator Yevhen Vasyliev: Panic, confusion, and chaos reign in occupied Donbas over COVID-19 lockdown
The COVID-19-related restrictions imposed in Donbas are gradually loosening, but crossing the demarcation line remains an issue. What's going on at the crossing points, where and how people caught up on their way had to stay amid lockdown, how occupation administrations are blocking the crossing, and how quarantine affected the number of enemy shellings – that's what program coordinator with the Skhid SOS Foundation Yevhen Vasyliev sat down and spoke about with UNIAN.
14:20, 25 June 2020
Vlad Abramov National Guard Ivan Murovanyi: "We didn't sit idle in dugouts. We would always return fire"
The National Guard Rapid Response Brigade recently returned on rotation from an eight-month deployment in Donetsk region's warzone. Their positions, just hundreds of meters away from those of the enemy, were shelled several times a day. Three national guards were killed on the latest deployment. Senior Lieutenant Ivan Murovanyi has told UNIAN about the clashes with subversive groups, life in the dugouts, and the enemy troops singing drunken songs and filming fake reports for the "news".
17:50, 15 June 2020
Vlad Abramov Head of Donetsk art hub Liubov Mikhailova: On Donbas issue, Ukraine seems to be walking the path of "let go and forgive", imposed by Russia
20:00, 08 May 2020
A.Tsaplienko, S.Shchkochikhin, V.Tkachuk War amid virus spread: Russia attempting to exploit global quarantine issue to have sanctions lifted
At the time of a global pandemic, wars always tend to subside as adversaries stop shooting, but not this time. Covid-19 is changing the planet, changing our habits, but armed men on the other side of the contact line in Donbas never changed their plans – at least with regard to Ukraine.
15:20, 30 March 2020
Vlad Abramov Zolote residents in Donbas: We're caught in-between warring sides: "Bang!" – a shell is flying over our heads. We constantly wonder which "bang" will eventually hit us
Early last week, someone purposefully dispersed panic in social networks, claiming that amid intensified shelling in Donbas, the Ukrainian Army retreated from its defense positions, and the town of Zolote "surrendered to separatists". To dispel these rumors, UNIAN visited Zolote and talked with the locals.
17:50, 25 February 2020
A.Tsaplienko, S.Shchkochikhin, V.Tkachuk Putin's bloody "peace". Why the Kremlin needs new escalation in Donbas
A major offensive by Russian-controlled forces on Ukrainian positions on the night of February 18 raises questions, whether Moscow really strives for peace in Donbas as much as it claims in the international arena. But why did the Kremlin need a new escalation in Donbas on the same day that Russia convened the UN Security Council?
19:10, 24 February 2020
Vlad Abramov Experts on children's "upbringing" in occupied Donbas: This somehow resembles "Hitler Jügend"
Russian propaganda is raging in schools across the temporarily occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Militarization of young minds in these areas is entering a new round amid preparations for the celebration of February 23 (Russia's Homeland Defender Day) and May 9 (WW2 Victory Day). But it's not only marching in formations that local schoolchildren are taught – it's also planting landmines.
14:00, 05 February 2020
Vlad Abramov Former battalion commander with 72nd Brigade Oleksandr Vdovichenko: My first thought in Avdiyivka was: "I guess I'm going to die here"
Former battalion commander with the 72nd separate mechanized brigade, chief of staff of the 28th Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Oleksandr Vdovichenko (callsign "Slavian") sat down with UNIAN to tell about his troops forcing militants in Donbas to retreat, repelling the attacks of the "elite" DPR troops, preventing an offensive on Avdiyivka with the help of journalists and photos of tanks, surviving and following his "don't die" order.
17:50, 27 January 2020
Vlad Abramov Wartime love story: Donetsk woman meets man from Right Sector unit
Viktoria and Anatoly Kotelenets have told UNIAN their story of love during wartime that strives among the ongoing hostilities. When the two met, "Romeo" was a fighter with the "Right Sector group, while "Juliet" was a Donetsk native.
16:20, 09 December 2019
Vlad Abramov "DPR" secret prisons employ torture experts, not random people: ex-captives
A secret "DPR" prison opened in the summer of 2014. It hosted those whom pro-Russian forces sought to break down to get guilty pleas. Often, people would tell on themselves, giving up to torture. Despite the fact that the "DPR" doesn't recognize the very existence of this "concentration camp", it is still operating. UNIAN sat down with former inmates to hear their stories.
12:20, 13 November 2019
The abominable life of Kremlin puppets in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions usually ends with an inglorious death, that's regardless of the "status" they managed to achieve in various ways throughout the years of Russian aggression against Ukraine.
10:40, 01 September 2018
The fact that 74 Ukrainians will celebrate the New Year in their family circle, not in the dungeons of "DPR" and "LPR" militants, can perhaps be considered one of the main positive news of this whole year. At the same time, it is very unfortunate that an "all for all" exchange is not yet on the agenda.
13:00, 28 December 2017
Iryna Gerashchenko: International partners would prefer to criticize Ukraine for corruption or anything else, rather than talk about their commitments (PART I)
Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s humanitarian envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement Iryna Gerashchenko sat down with UNIAN to talk about why Russia seeks to reformat the Ukrainian side to the Minsk negotiating group, how the talks on hostage release develop, and what precious gift from Roman Sushchenko she keeps at her office, and how a "souvenir" from the ATO zone almost got her arrested at the Boryspil Airport.
16:10, 04 August 2017
MH17 crash: Сhronicles of Russian lies
Three years ago, on Thursday, July 17, came the day that changed the attitude of Europe toward Russian aggression in Ukraine, from "we are concerned but the conflict has nothing to do with us" to "we are outraged, and the guilty will be punished." Today, in 2017, the punishment already seems inevitable.
19:20, 17 July 2017
Abducted in Donbas
The number of Ukrainian prisoners of the Kremlin has steadily been growing both in the territory of the Russian Federation and in the Russia-occupied areas of Ukraine. And while the negotiators in Minsk continue their efforts to coordinate the number of people the parties are willing to exchange, pro-Russian militants from “DPR” and “LPR” are filling throwing more hostages into their dungeons.
22:51, 14 June 2017
Science helping military save lives
Many believe that Ukrainian science has long been dead. Most likely, it is often the case in certain fields. But despite that constant whining of national scientists claiming their work lacks demand, there are sectors where they not only should but must make greater efforts, to gain global recognition and finally profit from their work.
21:10, 19 May 2017
OSCE SMM’s Alexander Hug: The reality of our work is much more complex than just describing it as blindness
Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug sat down with UNIAN to explain, why he met with militant leaders Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky in Luhansk, who and why hinders the monitors’ work at the contact line, and about the lack of response to the SMM reports.
11:20, 15 March 2017
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