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July 17, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

JIT Indictments and Reactions: Analyzing New Evidence Linking Separatists and Russian Officials to MH17

Today, 17 July 2019, is exactly five years since Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was shot down by a Buk missile, fired from territory in East Ukraine controlled by Russian-directed militants. After five years it has become clear that the Buk missile launcher that downed the plane came from Russia’s 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, and…

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July 16, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

Ukrainian Far-Right Extremists Receive State Funds to Teach “Patriotism”

Authored and researched by Oleksiy Kuzmenko, Michael Colborne  Ahead of Ukrainian parliamentary elections on July 21, it is clear from polling data that Ukraine’s far-right groups and their ideas enjoy little popular support among its citizens. Despite this, Ukraine’s government continues to provide funds to notorious far-right extremist groups and their affiliates — including two…

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July 9, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

The Arrest of Vladimir Tsemakh and Its Implications for the MH17 Investigation

Last week reports appeared online that the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) arrested Ukrainian citizen Vladimir Borysovich Tsemakh (b. 4 July 1961) in connection to the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17). Tsemakh was previously known to have been the commander of an air defense unit in Snizhne, the town nearest to the Buk…

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June 21, 2019

By Bellingcat Anti-Equality Monitoring

Calls To “Fight” LGBT People By Ukrainian Cleric Emblematic Of Church’s Proximity To Far Right

Yaroslav Kulyk is a fixture at anti-LGBT protests in Kyiv, and has called for “patriots” to “fight”, “crush” participants of Kyiv Pride. Kulyk addressed crowds next to far-right figures, calling one far-right organizer his “leader”.  Kulyk is also a priest in the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), regularly conducting services in some of Ukraine’s most…

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June 19, 2019

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Identifying the Separatists Linked to the Downing of MH17

The full report can be viewed here (mirror) The Bellingcat Investigation Team has previously published a number of reports demonstrating that the deployment of the Buk missile launcher used to shoot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) over Ukraine on 17 July 2014 involved senior officers of the Russian Ministry of Defense and its military…

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February 15, 2019

By Oleksiy Kuzmenko

“Defend the White Race”: American Extremists Being Co-Opted by Ukraine’s Far-Right

Newly uncovered evidence going back to 2015 suggests that the Ukrainian white nationalist Azov movement has been systematically co-opting American right-wing extremists to advance the former’s own international agenda. In audio statements uncovered by Bellingcat, this agenda was summarized by the International Secretary of the political wing of Azov, the National Corps, as “world conservative…

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August 30, 2018

By Oleksiy Kuzmenko

Ukrainian Far-Right Fighters, White Supremacists Trained by Major European Security Firm

Summary of Findings Since 2016, the European Security Academy (ESA) an EU-based company that offers advanced training programs for security, law enforcement and military professionals, has provided sophisticated training geared towards combat application to elements of Ukraine’s controversial Azov Regiment, also known as the Azov Battalion, which has been integrated into the Ukrainian National Guard…

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