#Commentary of Ekaterina Martyanova on violation of human rights in Ukraine

The Ukrainian authorities continue to prove to the world community by their actions that no commitments, including the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, are associated with its representatives. Regular cleansing among the local population are committed by the military on the territory of the Donbass, temporarily under Ukraine’s control, as well as reprisals against dissidents contrary to legal and ethical norms.

An intimidating announcement was published on the official page of the so-called “joint forces operation” (“JFO”) in Facebook. It informs about carrying out in the city of Lisichansk of preventive measures on counteraction to terrorist and various threats. Residents are encouraged not to leave their homes without special need, and in case of urgent need to take ID documents with them. Such measures, of course, have nothing to do with anti-subversive activities, but are a cleansing based on denunciations.

Moreover, the punishment of dissenters in Ukraine is not limited to the “JOF” zone. So, on July 30, in Kharkov, the court sentenced engineer, candidate of technical sciences 83-year-old Mehdi Logunov to 12 years in prison over a fabricated charge of “treason.”

Moreover, the facts show that, even if detained by the DPR, the Ukrainian military may feel more secure than on their territory. For example, according to eyewitnesses, on July 31, a volunteer from the infamous battalion “Donbass” Vitaly Oleshko (call sign Sarmat), who was previously in custody in the DPR, was shot dead in the city of Berdyansk, the Zaporozhye region.

Nothing like this ever happens on the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. No one hunts for those who for some reason have pro-Ukrainian views, and restrictions on movements related to the military situation are gradually declining – the curfew has recently been shortened in the DPR. In addition, there are not many pro-Ukrainian residents on the territory under our control, but on the territory controlled by Kiev the population mainly wants to have friendly relations with Russia. They are the ones that are the main threat to the Poroshenko regime.

In conclusion, I would like to note that as long as the world community tolerates violations of human rights in Ukraine, repression of those who have the courage to defend a different point of view, different from the pro-government one, will only intensify, and methods will be radicalized.

Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy

Official website of the DPR People’s Council 

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