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By On November 07, 2018

Ukraine threatens Russian visitors to Crimea with prison

November 7 at 6:01 AM

MOSCOW â€" Ukraine’s president has signed a bill threatening any Russian flying into Russia-annexed Crimea with a stint in prison.

Ukrainian border guards control the land crossing into Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014. But most travelers prefer to fly to the peninsula directly from Russia, which regards the trip as domestic travel. Ukraine deems such flights illegal crossings of the Ukrainian border.

The Ukrainian parliament said Wednesday that the president signed a bill making such crossings a criminal offense punishable by up to three years in prison. The law will apply to Russian nationals or anyone acting in Russia’s interests.

The new legislation means that any Russian who flies into Crimea or drives there via a new bridge linking it with Russia’s mainland will face criminal charges in Ukraine.

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By On November 06, 2018

Ukraine's mine action bill passes first reading

Ukraine's mine action bill passes first readingThe main purpose of mine action in Ukraine is to reduce the risk associated with explosives.Photo from UNIANPhoto from UNIAN

On Tuesday, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in the first reading a bill on mine action in Ukraine (â„–9080-1).

The draft law establishes that Ukraine shall have national standards in the field of mine action, which are developed taking into account the provisions of international mine action standards (IMAS), approved by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNIAN reports.

The main purpose of mine action in Ukraine is to reduce the risk associated with explosives.

Mine action includes inspection, marking, and mapping.

The financing of mine action may involve, including, fi nancial resources from donors, international technical assistance in the form of grants, as well as returnable and irrevocable financial assistance from international organizations.

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The bill also defines the types of assistance to victims of mines and ordnance: medical, psychological, professional and social assistance, to reduce the effects of injuries sustained.

The territory of Ukraine, where hostilities were recorded, shall be considered an area "likely contaminated with explosive objects."

In addition, it has been established that, within the limits of authority granted in accordance with the Constitution of Ukraine, operations of mine action bodies are subject to democratic civic control.

A national mine action authority shall be formed by the government. Such a body will ensure coordination of measures for the management and regulation of mine action in Ukrain e.

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By On November 06, 2018

ECHR orders Ukraine to pay compensations to Roma applicants affected in 2002 "pogrom"

ECHR orders Ukraine to pay compensations to Roma applicants affected in 2002 "pogrom"The Court noted Ukraine's failure to conduct an effective investigation into the attack.REUTERSREUTERS

The European Court of Human Rights held that the State of Ukraine pay nineteen applicants, all of whom are ethnic Roma and Ukrainian nationals, in a case investigating the circumstances of an attack on their homes in 2002.

The respondent State [Ukraine] is to pay, within three months from the date on which the judgment becomes final, in accordance with Article 44 paragraph 2 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, EUR 11,000 to 11 applicants and EUR 9,000 to another 5 applicants in respect of non-pecuniary damage, according to the ECHR judgment of November 6, 2018.

The case is "Burlya and Others v. Ukraine." It regards the claims of Roma families filed against Ukrainian authorities over the attack on their homes in the course of the so-called anti-Roma "pogrom" in the settlement of Petrivka, Odesa region, in 2002.

The claimants alleged that the authorities had been "complicit in" or had "at least failed to prevent or to investigate effectively" the said attack.

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The ECHR unanimously ruled that there has been a violation of Article 8 of the Convention (a right to respect one's home) and Article 14 (a ban on discrimination) "on account of the role the authorities played prior to and in the course of the attack on the applicants’ homes and their failure to conduct an effective investigation into the attack."

< p>The Court also decided that in respect of a number of claimants there has been a violation of Article 3 (a ban on inhuman and degrading treatment).

As reported earlier, in September 2002, a 17-year-old ethnic Ukrainian man was killed in the village of Petrivka, Odesa region. Locals suspected it was one of the local Roma men who had killed the teenager.

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Villagers immediately demanded that the Roma community residing in the village move from the area. The village council supported the call and instructed that the law enforcers execute the relevant decision. However, as soon as the Roma began to prepare for the move, a furious mob raided their homes overnight, searched their dwellings, and smashed them.

The criminal case into the "pogrom" was launched on September 10, 2002, and then halted in 2009.

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