06 April 2023

Putin must stand trial for abducting children from Ukraine

Russia is violating the basic principles that defend children in wartime. Not only have the occupying forces taken no measures to return Ukrainian children to their families: they are deporting little Ukrainians to Russia and making them part of Russian society.
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.
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.
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.
05 December 2022

Responsibility for attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure

Shelling of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure was accompanied by statements of high-ranking Russian officials confirming that these sites were being targeted and admitting that such sites were part of the country’s civilian infrastructure.
01 December 2022

Oleg Orlov: They wanted fascism. They got it

Who is to blame for Russia going fascist? The simplest answer is Putin. He is to blame, of course. But aside from him, a host of other people led to this, even if they were not necessarily consciously heading in this direction. A great many people are nostalgic for the Empire, for the ‘strong hand’, for a Stalin who only existed in myth.
30 November 2022

Damage to historical monuments and religious buildings (24 February to 15 November 2022, Kharkiv Region)

The Hryhoriy Skovoroda Museum was destroyed; the Holocaust Memorial Complex, the oldest Orthodox church in Kharkiv and the city mosque were all damaged.
10 November 2022

Almost every school in Mariupol was damaged. A KHPG investigation

During Russia’s assault on the city, we discovered, 52 (83%) of the city’s schools were damaged in one way or another. Mariupol residents described direct attacks on kindergartens and schools.
10 November 2022

Genocide and the acts defined by that crime: Some thoughts

The deliberate actions of the enemy’s forces in Ukraine, its missile attacks on civilian targets and crucial infrastructure, and intentional mass murder together point to a single goal: genocide.
13 October 2022

Genocide in Ukraine. The example of Mariupol

The aim of Russia’s war against Ukraine is to destroy the Ukrainian State and those who resist the aggressor. This genocidal intention has been implemented differently in various parts of the country. This abridged article concerns the city of Mariupol.
08 October 2022

Who attacked the Mykolaiv Region Administration building?

On 29 March 2022, ahead of advancing Russian forces in south Ukraine, 37 people died when a missile struck the Regional Administration building in the city of Mykolaiv (pop. 486,000). The Truth Hounds investigated the attack.
27 September 2022

Russia needs sham 'referendums' on occupied territory to forcibly mobilize Ukrainians as cannon fodder

Russia is to hold pseudo ‘referendums’ in the occupied parts of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia Regions this weekend, with the plan clearly to swiftly declare them all ‘part of the Russian Federation’.
26 September 2022

Firearms attacks during the Russo-Ukrainian war

Among Ukrainian civilians shot and killed by Russia’s soldiers the majority, 135 people, died while attempting to leave occupied or contested territory.
23 September 2022

How to hold Russia accountable for environmental crimes at sea: An overview of the Convention on Maritime Law

Russia’s shells and mines threaten not only civilian targets: they are also harming the ecology of the Black and Azov Seas.
30 August 2022

Necessary conditions

Political terror and repression in Russia made war against Ukraine possible, says Alexander Cherkasov, board chairman of “Memorial”.
18 August 2022

Missing and Detained Individuals in the Kharkiv Region: An analytical review, 24 February to 23 June 2022

Analysing open sources and interviewing witnesses the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group has recorded the disappearance of 590 individuals.
18 August 2022

Disappearances in the Zaporizhzhia Region, 24 February to 18 June 2022

Amongst the missing, 40% were local politicians, public activists or journalists.
17 August 2022

Missing persons and enforced disappearances in the Kherson Region, 24 February to 24 June 2022

Some of the most numerous cases of civilian disappearances and unlawful detention occurred in the Kherson Region. A total of 412 victims were recorded during the four months following Russia's invasion.