What life near the battle line is: international group reports about humanitarian situation and the plight of Ukrainian civilians


Mostly reports about situation and events in the territory of warfare in Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine contain information primarily for specialists in war crimes, human rights and international jurisdiction. I.e. for those who are professionals. Report “We live like in a reservation”, that was represented to mass media and public in general earlier this week, illustrates humanitarian situation and the plight of civilians in territories adjacent to the contact line. In fact, this is a unique perspective on common people’s life.

The Report speaks about danger level and life/health threats that locals face every day, about complicated or limited access to education and dire state of schools, about medical aid issues, damaged and destroyed infrastructure, critical condition of local state authorities.

The facts, that were gathered by the Authors of the Report, clear up all that despair, hopelessness and isolation of the locals from the ordered life, that is now a thing of the past, and from outer world on the other side of numerous checkpoints. The name “We live like in a reservation” is a how her life defined one of respondents from front line city Zolote-4 in Luhansk region.

The Report “We live like in a reservation” is based on International monitoring group’s findings from the field monitoring mission in December 2017 as part of  the project “Human rights monitoring in Eastern Ukraine 2017”. The organizations whose representatives participated in the mission are DRA (Germany); Humanitarian Route Belarus – ATO (Belarus); Natalia Estemirova Documentation Center of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (Russia); Postup Human Rights Center (Ukraine); Team for Ukraine (Czech Republic); Truth Hounds (Ukraine); VOSTOK SOS (Ukraine). A representative of Truth Hounds also visited Donetsk and Luhansk regions under the framework of Monitoring and documenting human rights violation project that was carried out with support from National Endowment for Democracy.


Attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Eastern Ukraine


Truth Hounds and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) in partnership with National Endowment for Democracy (NED) present their latest report – Attacks on Civilians and Civilian Infrastructure in Eastern Ukraine. The Report sets forth new evidence of international crimes, perpetrated by the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) and Russian-backed separatist militias – the so-called Donetsk Peoples’ Republic (DPR) and Luhansk Peoples’ Republic (LPR), in the context of and associated with the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. 

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Repot “Illegal detentions and torture committed by the Ukrainian side in the context of armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine”


We do not divide the criminals into ours and others. We are sure that all the offenders should be liable, without exeption.

Therefore, together with Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union we gathered in this report information on illegal detentions and torture committed by the Ukrainian side in the context of War in the Donbass region of Ukraine.

Download in English language here.

No country for young: monitoring of attacks on children and schools during three years of the war at Donbas


The latest report of the Truth Hounds illustrates the situation with the children’s rights violations during an armed conflict at the Donbas. Material contains an analysis of the evidence of 5 cases of willful killings of children, 6 cases of illegal detentions with the use of torture and inhuman treatment, 8 cases of deaths and 19 cases of injuries of children caused by an indiscriminate shelling in the conflict zone, as well as 79 attacks on educational institutions in 34 cities of Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

The document was prepared by the Truth Hounds within the framework of cooperation with the Civic Solidarity Platform and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court with the support of the Fund for Local Cooperation of the Embassy of Finland in Ukraine and foundation National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

The short version of the report in English can be downloaded here

The text of the report in Russian can be downloaded here.

The text of the report in Ukrainian can be downloaded here.
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International Crimes in Crimea: An assessment of two and a half years of Russian Occupation.


The report on international crimes in Crimea was filed to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in 2016. It was prepared in cooperation with the Crimea SOS, IPHR in the framework of the Civic Solidarity Platform and in collaboration with international lawyers. The document analyzes the evidence of international crimes in Crimea among which are: 7 killings, 15 forced disappearances, 36 tortures, and 90 cases of unlawful detention.

The report in English can be downloaded here

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Truth Hounds together with its partners have prepared a joint report on war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Ukrainian side of the conflict at the Donbass.


Truth Hounds jointly with the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group have documented 23 cases of detention on the basis of data conducted from 20 interviews with victims and witnesses of the events, as well as from photographs and documents transferred by them. The testimony of the victims, collected from different sources by the authors during separate monitoring visits allows us to conclude about the widely-spread practice of detention of the local population of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2014 and 2015 due to suspicion of “separatism”.

The actions described in the report are violations of the national legislation of Ukraine, international law in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law. Those being detained were often tortured, in particular during interrogations. You can find more detailed information about this report by following this link: