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    BRAMA has chosen to take a proactive stance vis-a-vis select issues that face Ukraine today. This site has long been devoted to the issues surrounding the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. More recently, a situation exacerbated by the deteriorating economic conditions in Ukraine has been brought to light -- the trafficking of young Ukrainian women in sexual slavery. We dedicate this section to the young women of Ukraine in the hopes that information found here will help alter the paths taken by those who innocently, or without a full understanding of the realities of the situation, are drawn into criminally driven servitude.

  • Call on the Russian authorities for the immediate release of Nadia Savchenko and other illegally detained prisoners of war (PACE) 01/30/2015
  • Moscow launches French language propaganda platform (Euractiv) 01/30/2015
  • Crimean Tatar Mejlis deputy leader reportedly detained in Crimea (RISU) 01/30/2015
  • Russia Charges Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko With Illegal Border Crossing (RFE/RL) 01/30/2015
  • Red Tape Traps Civilians in War-Torn Eastern Ukraine (NBC) 01/30/2015
  • ‘Hybrid Truth’ as Putin’s New Reality (Window on Eurasia) 01/30/2015
  • Russian woman charged with ‘treason’ for reporting soldiers sent to Ukraine [Smolensk mother of seven is in detention facing charges of treason for trying to divulge the ‘state secret’ that Russian soldiers fighting and dying in Ukraine] (KHPG) 01/30/2015
  • Russia reacts to PACE debacle with new charges against Nadiya Savchenko [Nadiya Savchenko charged with ‘illegally crossing the border’. BRAMA: But first, Russia had to kidnap her in Ukraine and forcibly take her across the border.] (KHPG) 01/30/2015
  • Trial in Russia imminent of Mustafa Dzhemiliev’s hostage son (KHPG) 01/30/2015
  • Pro-Moscow Groups Launch Websites for ‘Peoples Republics’ in Latvia and Lithuania (Window on Eurasia) 01/30/2015
  • Crimean Tatar leader arrested in new wave of repression (KHPG) 01/30/2015
  • Analyst: Russia focusing its propaganda on Kyiv (Euractiv) 01/30/2015

  • Photos by Gleb Garanich: Drafted into Ukraine's war (Reuters) 01/29/2015
  • How Russian Trolls are Recruited, Trained and Deployed (Window on Eurasia) 01/29/2015
  • Russian Woman Arrested After Giving Information to Ukraine (ABC/AP) 01/29/2015
  • Russian mother of seven accused of treason over Ukraine (Yahoo/AFP) 01/29/2015
  • Russian Mom Faces Treason Charges for Call to Ukrainian Embassy (The Moscow Times) 01/29/2015
  • On Ukraine battlefield, one act of mercy becomes an Internet meme (Reuters) 01/29/2015
  • Donetsk, Ukraine: 'They are trying to destroy us' – VIDEO (The Guardian) 01/29/2015
  • Ukrainian Officer Becomes Internet Hero After Saving Russian Soldier's Life (The Moscow Times/Reuters) 01/29/2015
  • Ukrainian Pilot In Russian Custody Transferred To Prison Hospital [Nadia (Nadiya) Savchenko] (RFE/RL) 01/29/2015
  • Deputy Chairman of Crimean Tatar Mejlis Detained (RFE/RL) 01/29/2015
  • Russia Update: Defense Ministry Plans New Computer Programs to Monitor, Analyze Social Media (The Interpreter) 01/29/2015
  • Scholars at Odds on Ukraine [BRAMA: Article about “Putin’s American toady” Stephen F. Cohen] (New York Times) 01/29/2015
  • Nadiya Savchenko’s final bullet will thunder with a deafening roar [World Media] (Euromaidan Press) 01/29/2015

  • Ukrainian Brides May Solve China's Gender Gap, Chinese Media… (Foreign Policy) 01/28/2015
  • Ukrainian Students Call On Russian Counterparts To End 'Information War' (RFE/RL) 01/28/2015
  • New Greek Government Has Deep, Long-Standing Ties With Russian 'Fascist' Dugin (RFE/RL) 01/28/2015
  • Ukraine hospitals 'under attack', says MSF (BBC) 01/28/2015
  • European watchdog and the US call on Russia to free jailed Ukrainian officer on hunger strike [Savchenko] (U.S. News & World Report/AP) 01/28/2015
  • 600 Ukrainians captured by terrorists, talks are tense - ATO spokesman (Ukrinform) 01/28/2015
  • Freedom in the world 2015: No civil liberties in Crimea after annexation (Kyiv Post) 01/28/2015
  • Ukrainian users ask Facebook for fair moderation of Russia-related posts (Kyiv Post) 01/28/2015
  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an attack on democracy (KHPG) 01/28/2015
  • Ukraine: E.U. Sends Humanitarian Aid to East (The New York Times) 01/28/2015
  • Responsibility for Mariupol Starts But Doesn’t End with Putin, Eidman Says (Window on Eurasia) 01/28/2015
  • Russian activists jailed for demanding Nadiya Savchenko’s release (KHPG) 01/28/2015
  • Record number of Russians ‘positive’ about Joseph Stalin (KHPG) 01/28/2015

  • Ukrainian soldiers forced to EAT their uniform after they are captured and humiliated by Russian 'separatist' commander during battle for Donetsk airport (Daily Mail) 01/27/2015
  • As shelling batters Ukraine's cities, country's children increasingly in danger - UN (United Nations) 01/27/2015
  • Disturbing Videos Raise War-Crimes Concerns In Ukraine (RFE/RL) 01/27/2015
  • Russia And Ukraine Battle Over The The Holocaust (BuzzFeed) 01/27/2015
  • Russia dismisses U.S. espionage charges against alleged NYC spy ring (Yahoo/Reuters) 01/27/2015
  • Efforts to counter anti-Semitism and all forms of intolerance crucial as ever, says OSCE on 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation (OSCE) 01/27/2015
  • Teenage warriors prepare for battle as part of Right Sector's Ukrainian Volunteer Corps (Kyiv Post) 01/27/2015
  • Putin Acting like a Terrorist Because He Can’t Afford Full-Scale Invasion of Ukraine, Kirillova Says (Window on Eurasia) 01/27/2015
  • Armed Offensive against Independent Crimean Tatar TV Channel (KHPG) 01/27/2015
  • 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: “Politicization of this place is unthinkable” (KHPG) 01/27/2015
  • Ukraine presents evidence of Mariupol attack (Ukraine Today) 01/27/2015
  • Russia Update: Court Upholds Definition of Soldiers’ Mothers of St. Petersburg as ‘Foreign Agent’ (The Interpreter) 01/27/2015
  • Russian Deputy: Savchenko Cannot Be Released On Immunity Status (RFE/RL) 01/27/2015
  • Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko told UK police Putin ordered his death (Yahoo/Reuters) 01/27/2015
  • World leaders join last survivors in recalling Auschwitz (Yahoo/Reuters) 01/27/2015
  • Russia's 2014 arms sales top $15 billion: Putin ['Exports of high-tech military products is important for Russia, especially amid the difficult geopolitical situation. It is important for updating the production of the defense sector...and solving many social issues.'] (Yahoo/Reuters) 01/27/2015

  • What are Plans Accepted by the State to Repay Debts under the Court Decisions in 2015? (Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union) 01/26/2015
  • Attack on Ukraine's Mariupol targeted civilians: UN (Yahoo/AFP) 01/26/2015
  • Putin Is Winning the Ukraine War on Three Fronts (Daily Beast) 01/26/2015
  • Ukraine at war: 'People feel abandoned' (The Guardian) 01/26/2015
  • Miss Ukraine Calls Out Russian Invasion of Her Country (Breitbart News) 01/26/2015
  • Ukrainian woman pilot could die in Russian detention, lawyer says (Reuters) 01/26/2015
  • Putin Blames Violence in Ukraine on Kiev. Russian President’s Comments Come After Rocket Attack That Killed 30 Civilians in Mariupol (The Wall Street Journal) 01/26/2015
  • Odesa Protests Against Russia Invasion: Activists demand Russian Consular Office be closed (VIDEO) (Ukraine Today) 01/26/2015
  • Attacks on civilians in Mariupol, Ukraine were war crime: UN (Reuters) 01/26/2015
  • Ukraine to ask Hague to investigate 'crimes against humanity' (CNN) 01/26/2015
  • Nadiya Savchenko day in Kyiv #freesavchenko (Kyiv Post) 01/26/2015
  • Russian security forces raid independent Crimean TV station (Associated Press) 01/26/2015
  • Raid on ATR television channel in Crimea unacceptable, a clear intrusion of media’s independence, says Mijatovic [ATR is a Crimean Tatar channel] (OSCE) 01/26/2015
  • Kiev ‘punishes’ civilians in Donetsk with travel permits and drugs blockade. Ukrainians indisputed areas suffer as Kiev restricts access to food, electricity and medicines (The Guardian) 01/26/2015
  • Ukraine turns to International Criminal Court over terrorist killings (Euractiv) 01/26/2015
  • Why has Nadiya Savchenko not been freed? Demand that Russia answers! #feesavchenko (KHPG) 01/26/2015
  • Russia is Abetting War Crimes: Ratify Rome Statute Now! (KHPG) 01/26/2015
  • Russia in no hurry to answer for its Soviet-type bans on Dzhemiliev and Yuksel (KHPG) 01/26/2015
  • Media freedom under siege in Crimea, Ukraine, says OSCE representative [dated 3/14/2014, posted here fyi to show that all Ukrainian stations had been cut and replaced with Russian ones] (OSCE) 01/26/2015

  • Russia Refuses to Condemn Indiscriminate Rocket Attack That Killed Civilians in Ukraine (VICE News) 01/25/2015
  • Ukraine Holds Day Of Mourning After Mariupol Attack (RFE/RL) 01/25/2015
  • Russia is Abetting War Crimes: Ratify Rome Statute Now! (KHPG) 01/25/2015
  • Record number of Russians ‘positive’ about Joseph Stalin (KHPG) 01/25/2015

  • Crimean Tatar rights activist ‘deported’ from his native Crimea (KHPG) 01/24/2015

  • Putin's Propaganda Industry Tightens Its Belt (Bloomberg) 01/23/2015
  • Free Nadia Savchenko! (World Affairs Journal) 01/23/2015
  • Litvinenko inquiry: the proof Russia was involved in dissident's murder (Telegraph) 01/23/2015
  • Belarusian Activists Sentenced Over Euromaidan Commemorations (RFE/RL) 01/23/2015
  • In Brutally Critical Open Letter, Russian-Born Scholar Talks Of His 'Overwhelming Nausea' Over Putin's Russia (RFE/RL) 01/23/2015
  • Death toll in Ukraine conflict exceeds 5,000, may be 'considerably higher' – UN (United Nations) 01/23/2015
  • Why “speak no evil” policy of the Met, Carnegie Hall and BAM is so objectionable (Euromaidan Press) 01/23/2015
  • Ukraine death toll may be far higher than known 5,000 - U.N. (Yahoo/Reuters) 01/23/2015
  • Sinister Remake: Blood and POW Humiliation for the Cameras (updated) (KHPG) 01/23/2015
  • Crimean librarian fined for ‘anti-Russian’ books about Holodomor (KHPG) 01/23/2015
  • Memorial declares Oleg Navalny a political prisoner [of Russia] (KHPG) 01/23/2015
  • UN: More than 5000 perished in eastern Ukraine (Ukrinform) 01/23/2015
  • How Russian propaganda spreads online [dated 1/19/2015] (Dailydot.com) 01/23/2015
  • UN Condemns Donetsk Bus Attack (RFE/RL) 01/23/2015

  • Russia jails the proof it is at war. Ukrainian soldiers denied international POW status while Putin plays coy. [Nadiya Savchenko's lawyer Mark Feygin] (USA Today) 01/22/2015
  • Rebels parade Ukrainian POWs through shelled city (Yahoo/AFP) 01/22/2015
  • Yatsenyuk blames Russia for deadly Donetsk bus attack (+VIDEO) (Ukraine Today) 01/22/2015
  • PACE: Nadiya Savchenko’s health is critical, release her now! (KHPG) 01/22/2015
  • Day of Ukrainian Unity and Remembrance for the First Maidan Victims (KHPG) 01/22/2015
  • Russia Today (Russian gov't run media) has ‘Nationalism without a Nation,’ Shtepa Says (Window on Eurasia) 01/22/2015
  • Moscow Agrees to Try Gyumri Killer in Armenia but in a Russian Court [Russian soldier who has confessed to killing an Armenian family] (Window on Eurasia) 01/22/2015
  • Russian Interior Ministry Wants to Restore Stalin-Style ‘Troikas’ to Speed Up Justice (Window on Eurasia) 01/22/2015
  • First Victims Of Maidan Crackdown Remembered In Ukraine (RFE/RL) 01/22/2015
  • Ukraine's President Nearly Cried As He Held A Piece Of A Blown-Up Bus And Accused Russia Of 'Terror' (Business Insider) 01/22/2015
  • Ukraine remembers Euromaidan's first martyr. Serhiy Nihoyan was shot dead by police on January 22 [BRAMA: Ukrainian-born Armenian Serhiy Nigoyan, Belarusian Mikhail Zhyneuski, and Ukrainian Yuriy Verbytsky were the first three to perish (Ukraine Today) 01/22/2015

  • A father buries his 4-year-old son and curses Ukraine's war (Yahoo/AFP) 01/21/2015
  • Several Killed In Ukraine Bus Shelling (BuzzFeed) 01/21/2015
  • PACE President Asks Duma Speaker To Help Free Savchenko (RFE/RL) 01/21/2015
  • PACE: Nadiya Savchenko’s health is critical, release her now! (KHPG) 01/21/2015
  • Another Crimean Tatar arrested and beaten over May 3 Dzhemiliev protest (KHPG) 01/21/2015
  • Renewed harassment of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis and Qurultay (KHPG) 01/21/2015
  • This 75-year-old Russian pensioner may spend five years in prison for picketing (KHPG) 01/21/2015
  • AIDS crisis brewing in Crimea and east Ukraine says UN (Yahoo/AFP) 01/21/2015

  • Ukraine is left struggling as health workers flee (New Scientist) 01/20/2015
  • Ukrainian drug addicts dying due to treatment ban, says UN (The Guardian) 01/20/2015
  • Remotely controlled improvised device causes blast on Monday in Kharkiv - the prosecutor's office (Ukrinform) 01/20/2015
  • At least 12 injured in Kharkiv terrorist act (KHPG) 01/20/2015
  • Russia found guilty of multiple violations over Chechen disappearances (KHPG) 01/20/2015
  • Yanukovych arrested in absentia (Ukrinform) 01/20/2015
  • Vira Savchenko allowed to meet her sister in Moscow's prison (Ukrinform) 01/20/2015
  • Ukraine crisis: ICRC calls on all parties to spare civilians (ICRC) 01/20/2015
  • Ukrainian Opinion: Should the international community be more active in the fight against Russian disinformation? (Ukraine Today) 01/20/2015
  • Suspect wanted for grave crimes against EuroMaidan now suppressing protest in Moscow? (KHPG) 01/20/2015

  • How Russian propaganda spreads online (Dailydot.com) 01/19/2015
  • They were never there: Russia's silence for families of troops killed in Ukraine (The Guardian) 01/19/2015
  • AP PHOTOS: Crimea's people face challenges as part of Russia (Yahoo/AP) 01/19/2015
  • Jailed Tatar Activist Starts Hunger Strike [Rafis Kashapov] (RFE/RL) 01/19/2015
  • Malaysia Airlines flight MH17: Victim's nephew travels to Ukraine in search for answers (Independent) 01/19/2015
  • Dashed Hopes in Gay Ukraine (Foreign Policy) 01/19/2015
  • Crimean Dejŕ Vu: Titushki & Police against Crimean Rights Conference (KHPG) 01/19/2015
  • Another Russian NGO critical of rights violations branded as ‘foreign agent’ (KHPG) 01/19/2015
  • Bus near Volnovakha shelled by three Grad missile systems from Dokuchayevsk (town under pro-Russian control) - Ukraine's Prosecutor's office (Ukrinform) 01/19/2015
  • Against Real Fascists: Remembering Stas Markelov & Nastya Baburova (KHPG) 01/19/2015

  • Shelling kills two children in eastern Ukraine: defense ministry (Reuters) 01/18/2015
  • Russian 'terrorists' allegedly using human shield tactics (+VIDEO) (Ukraine Today) 01/18/2015
  • Protesters march for peace in Ukraine (CNN) 01/18/2015
  • Where is Nadiya Savchenko? Who is lying? (KHPG) 01/18/2015

  • Despite Efforts to Disrupt Meeting, Crimean Tatars Appeal to World to Defend Their Rights (Window on Eurasia) 01/17/2015
  • PACE President demands Savchenko’s release. Where next? (KHPG) 01/17/2015

  • MEPs say sanctions should stay and want measures against Russian information war (KHPG) 01/16/2015
  • UKIP blames MEPs and Verhofstadt for deaths of Ukrainians (EurActiv) 01/16/2015
  • Russian Official Resigns Amid Calls to Censor Films That Threaten 'National Unity' (VICE News) 01/16/2015
  • European Parliament demands release of Nadiya Savchenko: PACE’s voice awaited (KHPG) 01/16/2015
  • Firtash – Lyovochkin channel warned over broadcast of anti-Ukrainian Russian stars (KHPG) 01/16/2015
  • Russian Media Warned Not To Publish Cartoons On Religious Themes (RFE/RL) 01/16/2015

  • Propaganda, distortion and diplomatic silence over Volnovakha shelling (KHPG) 01/15/2015
  • Savchenko protesters in Moscow detained while listening to Ukrainian anthem (KHPG) 01/15/2015
  • Day of mourning for those killed by terrorists in Ukraine today (RISU) 01/15/2015

  • Spot report by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, 14 January 2015: 12 civilians killed and 17 wounded when a rocket exploded close to a civilian bus near Volnovakha (OSCE) 01/14/2015
  • “We don’t need a second Yanukovych!” (KHPG) 01/14/2015
  • Legislating rights abuse in the Crimea (KHPG) 01/14/2015

  • Council of Europe amounts Berkut's actions on Maidan to torture (Ukrinform) 01/13/2015
  • Putin’s Legal Crackdown on Civil Society (PBS) 01/13/2015
  • We urge PACE to speak out on behalf of Nadiya Savchenko (KHPG) 01/13/2015
  • Nadiya Savchenko will not end her hunger strike nor let them break her spirit (KHPG) 01/13/2015
  • Lethal ‘Russian Humanitarian Convoy’ (KHPG) 01/13/2015
  • St. Petersburg Neo-Nazi Sadist in Donbas – ‘Russia’s Pride and Glory’ (KHPG) 01/13/2015
  • Ukraine Says Rocket Hits Bus In East, Killing 10 (RFE/RL) 01/13/2015
  • Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko Vows To Die In Prison If Not Freed (RFE/RL) 01/13/2015

  • Torture as usual at Kyiv police station? (KHPG) 01/12/2015
  • U.S. Protesters Target Russian Classical Music Stars Over Ukraine Conflict [Valery Gergiev and Anna Netrebko] (RFE/RL) 01/12/2015

  • Write to PACE: Nadiya Savchenko has been on hunger strike for 30 DAYS (KHPG) 01/09/2015
  • Russian students examined on ‘Ukraine as threat to national security’ (KHPG) 01/09/2015
  • Russia Puts Ukraine's Savchenko In Solitary (RFE/RL) 01/09/2015
  • A Family Copes With Tragedy In Wartorn Donetsk (VIDEO) (RFE/RL) 01/09/2015
  • EU Members Urge 'Alternative' To Russian Propaganda (RFE/RL) 01/09/2015
  • Poroshenko Says Ukraine Shares France's Pain (RFE/RL) 01/09/2015

  • Outrage over homosexuality censorship; none over Peter Greenaway’s trip to the Crimea? (KHPG) 01/08/2015
  • Latvia proposes ‘alternative’ to Russian TV propaganda (EurActiv) 01/08/2015
  • Ukraine’s Chief Mufti asks journalists not to publish Charlie Hebdo caricatures (KHPG) 01/08/2015
  • Disturbing twist to (refuted) reports of castrated PoWs (KHPG) 01/08/2015
  • Russia Disqualifies Transgender People From Driving (RFE/RL) 01/08/2015

  • OSCE media freedom representative strongly condemns horrific attack at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo (OSCE) 01/07/2015
  • A Nighttime Supply Run To Donetsk Airport, Under Fire (VIDEO) (RFE/RL) 01/07/2015
  • Russian Investigated Over Ukraine-Related Internet Activity (RFE/RL) 01/07/2015

  • Luhansk journalist freed after 5 months in captivity [Polityka 2.0, Serhiy Sakadynsky] (KHPG) 01/06/2015
  • Shameful deception as MPs quietly shelve restrictions on own salaries (KHPG) 01/06/2015
  • Ghosts Of Sochi: Hundreds Killed In Olympic Construction (RFE/RL) 01/06/2015

  • Russia silent as Nadiya Savchenko enters fourth week on hunger strike (KHPG) 01/05/2015
  • Savchenko's Hunger Strike In Russian Custody Enters Fourth Week (RFE/RL) 01/05/2015
  • Kremlin Foe Navalny Says He Will Not Observe House Arrest (RFE/RL) 01/05/2015
  • Russian NGO Head Will Appeal 'Foreign Agent' Designation (RFE/RL) 01/05/2015

  • TV Inter Controversy: ‘Truth Ministry’s’ First Act of Censorship? (KHPG) 01/03/2015

  • Nadiya Savchenko: 19 days on hunger-strike and refused access to lawyers (KHPG) 01/02/2015

  • Russians Seek New Leader; Ukrainians Seek Their Rights, Illarionov Says (Window on Eurasia) 01/01/2015
  • Report on the human rights mission to the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (KHPG) 01/01/2015
  • Investigative Journalists Name Putin Corruption's 'Person Of The Year' (RFE/RL) 01/01/2015



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