01 April 2023
The forced deportation of children is an act of genocide
Genocide is primarily associated with mass murder but from the outset the 1948 Convention listed the transfer of children from one human group to another as an act of genocide.
29 March 2023
His mother was shot, and the place of work was destroyed — Russian occupation harshly affected the life of Trostianets resident Serhii Pentin
In just a month of occupation, the Russians destroyed the center of Trostianets, bringing death and injury to hundreds of families. The military shot Serhii's mother on the way to the hospital. Also, the biscuit shop where Serhii worked burned down at the chocolate factory.
25 March 2023
One gun against a pack of invaders: Olena Kratkovska on her father’s death
Olena’s father died on the seventh day of the war, defending his house in the village of Yahidne. He was a pensioner, but when the Russian invaders entered the village, he picked up a hunting rifle and went against the enemy.
22 March 2023
Russians kept residents of the Chernihiv Region in the basement for a month
Unfortunately, not everyone came out of the basement when the Ukrainian army de-occupied the village. The Russians allowed women to go outside only once on 8 March, this was the way to congratulate them on International Women’s Day.
18 March 2023
“War on four paws” — personal battle of Serhii Neboha
A vast number of animals have suffered since the beginning of the full-scale Russian aggression. The well-known cynologist Serhii Neboha helps his colleagues save dogs and talks about the problems of evacuation, cases of cruelty to animals, and the destruction of kennels.
15 March 2023
She was about to turn 53. A citizen of Trostianets speaks about his wife’s detention and murder
Ihor Ivanov, an ethnic Bashkir who lives in Trostyanets, still cannot believe that his wife is no more. He did not want to leave the city during the occupation because he hoped she would return.
14 March 2023
Terror, disappearances and mass deportation
On 1 March 2023, Yevhen Zakharov, director of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG), addressed the European Parliament’s sub-committee on human rights, and described the fate of Ukraine’s citizens in territories now occupied by Russia. This is an updated version of his address.
12 March 2023
“Why fire eight rockets at a kindergarten?”
Okhtyrka resident lost her son on the second day of Russia’s invasion, he died while helping to equip a bomb shelter in a kindergarten. Due to constant shelling, they were able to bury him only three days later.
10 March 2023
A year of full-scale war: the Kharkiv Region
Over the past twelve months the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG) has documented a total of 9,252 incidents (war crimes, crimes against humanity, acts of genocide) in the Kharkiv Region. At least two thirds of the incidents (6,048) were linked to shelling or bombardment by Russian forces.
08 March 2023
Enforced disappearances in Ukraine since 24 February 2022
Enforced disappearances are among the most common crimes systematically committed in Ukraine, thus far with impunity, by representatives of the Russian Federation.
07 March 2023
“Filtration” of Ukrainian citizens by the occupying forces. A form of violence on many levels
To identify Ukrainians who are opposed to the occupying forces, Russia uses searches, interrogation and torture.
04 March 2023
Damage and destruction by mines and other explosive devices
Drawing on information gathered in the T4P database, we offer a systematic account of the use of mines and other explosive devices in the Kharkiv Region over the past year (24 February 2022-20 January 2023).
03 March 2023
Attacks on medical institutions in the Kharkiv Region: 24 February 2022 to 29 January 2023
Over the past year, the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group has gathered information about damage to hospitals, other medical institutions and medical transport throughout the Region.
03 March 2023
At the plant in Vovchansk, the Russians “tortured even the priest with an electric shock”
We spoke with the deputy director of the aggregate plant, which used to be called the “concentration camp” of Russians.
24 February 2023
For the anniversary of the invasion. Results
One year ago, Russia launched a massive invasion of Ukraine. The 'hybrid warfare' of the previous eight years became a full-blown aggressive war on a scale unseen in Europe since 1939. A statement by International Memorial.
24 February 2023
Ukraine: Justice for the most serious crimes will promote international peace and security
FIDH and its members worldwide call on international institutions and governments to ramp up efforts to ensure justice in Ukraine as a means of promoting international peace and security.
24 February 2023
A Year at War: the Prospects for our Victory
On the anniversary of Russia’s invasion: An Appeal by the “First of December Action Group”.
23 February 2023
Russia has not stopped killing and wounding Ukraine’s civilians
As Ukraine awaited a new invasion, Russia continued to shell and bomb its villages, towns and cities. On Monday 9 January 2023, for instance, bombs and shells took civilian lives in the city of Kherson and in the Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk Regions, wounding people there and in the Mykolaiv Region further to the west.
15 February 2023
The murder and rape of civilians was a deliberate policy, says SBU
Last month, Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) published yet another intercepted phone call. They recorded a conversation between Russian soldiers about the war crimes they committed, and why.
09 February 2023
War crimes in the Kharkiv Region, 24 February-20 November 2022
This survey lists the war crimes and crimes against humanity recorded by the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group (KHPG) during the first 270 days of Russia’s all-out war against Ukraine.
02 February 2023
“Five people were killed there, including a pregnant woman”
Kharkiv resident Kateryna Ryndych talks about the bombing of Northern Saltivka.
31 January 2023
‘People held up the tracks with crowbars so our train could pass through’
An inhabitant of a village burned to the ground was evacuated from Kramatorsk one day before the tragedy at the train station.
28 January 2023
Sterilizing syringes with vodka and digging shrapnel out of the back
Hanna Shevchyk, 31, used to work in a maternity hospital in Mariupol. She had to spend a month in the bomb shelter. Her war story is different from others due to medical details, and shows how you can still save lives when there’s a lack of medicines.
22 January 2023
Helping people and gathering evidence: the KHPG in 2022
KHPG director Yevhen Zakharov recalls the challenges of 2022 and shows that the work of human rights defenders is also indispensable in wartime.