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April 2, 2017

By Veli-Pekka Kivimäki

Tankspotting: T-90As in the Donbass

The presence of Russian T-72B3 tanks in eastern Ukraine has previously been established and covered on Bellingcat. The tanks have reportedly been used near Ilovaisk, the Luhansk airport and even Debaltseve. The T-72B3 represents post-Soviet tank development by the Russian Federation, and was not exported to or fielded by Ukraine. Another post-Soviet development with its…

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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 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 10, 2017

By Wim Zwijnenburg

Water Filtration Plants and Risks of a Chlorine Mass-Casualty Event in Donetsk

Over the last two months, increased shelling in and around industrial sites north of Donetsk have, apart from the direct civilian casualties costs, posed huge public health and environmental risks.  Apart from the wider environmental impacts caused by targeting industrial sites, on several occasions, Russia-backed forces have hit various water treatment stations. These facilities host…

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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 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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December 21, 2016

By Sean Case

Putin’s Undeclared War: Summer 2014 – Russian Artillery Strikes against Ukraine

Download full report  Скачать полную версию доклада  Click here for a one-minute introductory map tour that gives the main findings and context of this report. The below text is an extract from the full report. The interactive data map underlying all of the findings discussed can be found here. Summary Terms such as civil war…

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November 15, 2016

By Askai707

Russia’s 61st Separate Naval Infantry Brigade in the Donbass

The following investigation was originally posted in Russian by the author, Askai707, on his LiveJournal blog. Translation and foreword by Aric Toler. The following investigation from Askai707 provides a significant amount of evidence that proves the direct participation of Russia’s 61st Separate Naval Infantry Brigade (often referred to as just the “61st Naval Infantry Brigade”…

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September 30, 2016

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

Revelations and Confirmations from the MH17 JIT Press Conference

On September 28, the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) held a press conference in which they presented evidence surrounding the downing of Flight MH17. Leading up to the event, the JIT made its intent clear: the weapon type and launch site would be announced, but no blame would be directly assigned. The JIT followed through on its…

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