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March 30, 2017

By Wim Zwijnenburg

Donbas: A Ticking Toxic Time Bomb

Open-source tracking and monitoring of environmental health risks of targeting industrial sites Additional research and map making by Foeke Postma @FoekePostma As the fighting between the Ukrainian army and Russia-backed forces re-ignited at the end of January 2017, various news reports highlighted the shelling of industrial sites. Calls by the United Nations and Organisation for Security…

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March 25, 2017

By Christo Grozev

Balkan Gambit: Part 2. The Montenegro Zugzwang

In Part 1 of this investigation, Bellingcat and The Insider reported on Russia’s intervention in the parliamentary elections in Republika Srpska in October 2014. In Part 2, we investigate the evidence for a possible Russian involvement in the alleged attempted coup following the parliamentary elections in October 2016 in Montenegro. Montenegro, July 2016 On July 14…

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March 17, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Tanks of Buhaivka: A training facility in Eastern Ukraine

On March 16, 2017, popular Ukrainian Twitter user @GirkinGirkin published a tweet sharing imagery of armored vehicles, including tanks. The user claims that the photographs were uploaded on the same day near Buhaivka, Luhansk oblast, thus in an area currently not under the control of the Ukrainian government. After analyzing new satellite imagery from Digital…

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March 2, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Role of Sergey Dubinsky in the Downing of MH17

Following the publication of “Identifying Khmuryi, the Major General Linked to the Downing of MH17,” additional information has surfaced that further confirms the identity of Khmuryi as Sergey Nikolaevich Dubinsky, born August 9, 1962. The clearest confirmation of our investigation came courtesy of Russian actor Ivan Okhlobystin, who was photographed with Dubinsky on his Odnoklassniki profile….

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February 15, 2017

By Daniel Romein

Identifying Khmuryi, the Major General Linked to the Downing of MH17

This article was collaboratively researched and written by the Bellingcat  MH17 Investigation Team. On 18 July 2014, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) published several tapped telephone conversations in relation to the July 17 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). Most of these conversations, recorded on the day of the downing, are between an…

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February 2, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Civilian Shields in Donetsk: Launching Grads near a Residential Area

This report was written in collaboration with the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT). The title of this report was modified following feedback regarding the term human shield. The use of Grads in this area of Donetsk endangers civilian lives, but is not intended to meet the legal definition of human shields. The legal term ‘endangering protected…

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January 20, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

New Satellite Imagery Shows Russian Su-24 Jets at the Hmeimim Air Base

Earlier this week, the Russian Ministry of Defense declared that it has withdrawn a flight of Su-24 (Fencer) ground-attack aircrafts from Syria. This declaration came soon after the withdrawal of Russia’s lone aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov. From the Hmeimim Air Base, the Russian base south of Latakia, Russia has conducted thousands sorties against its targets…

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January 11, 2017

By noodleremovernews

RT, Information War, and Billions of Views: Where do the numbers come from?

In September 2015, Alexey Kovalev of Noodle Remover wrote an article in Russian regarding the popularity of RT, in response to a Daily Beast article and the subsequent reaction of RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan. In light of the recent United States Intelligence Community report on Russian influence regarding the 2016 presidential election, we have translated a section…

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