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Observation Mission – Human Rights in Ukraine: Selected cases of persecution of civil society activists since 2014

Observation Mission – Human Rights in Ukraine: Selected cases of persecution of civil society activists since 2014

This report includes, among else, direct observations made during a human rights monitoring mission to Ukraine in the period between 16–19 March 2019. The mission was held at the invitation of representatives of Ukrainian civil society. The mission visited Odessa and Kyiv, where a number of meetings were held with civil society activists, human rights activists, experts, relatives of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, political refugees, Ukrainian officials, and diplomats accredited in the country. In addition to the meetings, the mission participants monitored a peaceful protest in Odessa on 16 March, 2019 and attended a round table in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 18 March 2019.

“The Wrong Place” –  Investigative Documentary about the Markiv Case

“The Wrong Place” – Investigative Documentary about the Markiv Case

We have always strived to fight against mis- and disinformation and thus counter threats to the proper functioning of democracies, including the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary. For this reason we have supported the making of “The Wrong Place”, a documentary on the so-called Markiv Case, in which two journalists were killed in Donbas in 2014.

MEPs continue to appeal the Ukrainian authorities regarding Zhanara Akhmetova’s case

MEPs continue to appeal the Ukrainian authorities regarding Zhanara Akhmetova’s case

On May 26, 2020, seven MEPs addressed Ukrainian President Zelensky, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova and the Head of the State Migration Service Maksym Sokoliuk with an appeal demanding the reevaluation of Zhanara Akhmetova’s asylum application and halting her extradition. Ms Akhmetova – a Kazakhstani journalist and oppositionist – and her 12-year-old son risk deportation from Ukraine as a consequence of the Supreme Court’s decision on May 14, 2020, which overturned its previous instance and rejected her asylum application.

The Case of Zhanara Akhmetova: Ukraine Is in Haste to Arrest and to Extradite Kazakhstani Journalist

The Case of Zhanara Akhmetova: Ukraine Is in Haste to Arrest and to Extradite Kazakhstani Journalist

A prominent Kazakhstani journalist and opposition activist Zhanara Akhmetova could be illegally extradited from Ukraine to Kazakhstan at any time. According to our sources, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine is already preparing to place her under extradition arrest. On 19 May 2020, Akhmetova got a decision by the Supreme Court of Ukraine depriving her of the chance to be granted asylum. The decision was adopted in haste during the quarantine. It was also adopted without taking into account the arguments of Akhmetova’s lawyers.

Kazakhstani Journalist Risks Extradition From Ukraine

Kazakhstani Journalist Risks Extradition From Ukraine

On May 14, 2020, the Supreme Court of Ukraine, acting as a last instance court, reversed the decision of the previous instance and declined to grant asylum to a prominent Kazakhstani journalist and oppositionist, Zhanara Akhmetova. The hearing was held without the presence of Akhmetova’s attorney. Akhmetova can be extradited to Kazakhstan anytime. If extradited, she faces torture and unfair trial. With all avenues for appeal having been formally exhausted, it is only the international community that can block the unlawful expulsion.

“Are there any threats to Ukraine from China and how can they be minimised?” – discussion in Kyiv

“Are there any threats to Ukraine from China and how can they be minimised?” – discussion in Kyiv

On 11 December 2019 in Kyiv, within the framework of the IV National Human Rights Non-Conference, a discussion was held on the topic: “Are there any threats to Ukraine from China and how can they be minimised?”. The event was organised by the Open Dialogue Foundation in collaboration with the Ukrainian Free Hong Kong Centre, the Qaharman Human Rights Initiative (Kazakhstan) and the Human Rights Agenda. The discussion was moderated by human rights defender Maksym Sytnikov (Open Dialogue Foundation).

The protection of political refugees and illegal extraditions: debate in Kyiv

The protection of political refugees and illegal extraditions: debate in Kyiv

On 10 December 2019, in Kyiv, a discussion was held on the topic: “How to protect political refugees from illegal extraditions and misuse of interstate legal assistance?”. The event was held as part of the 4th National Human Rights Non-Conference. The Open Dialogue Foundation, the Right to Protection Charitable Foundation, the Kharkov Institute of Social Studies, and the Human Rights Agenda Coalition were among the organisers of the event.

Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE HDIM 2019

Open Dialogue Foundation at the OSCE HDIM 2019

Between Monday 16 and Friday 27 September 2019, representatives of the Open Dialogue Foundation Xheni Dani, Joanna Cuper and Maksym Sytnikov participated in the annual OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting held in Warsaw. Our representatives delivered several statements in which they raised is

Bundestag event and meetings in Berlin with Oleg Sentsov, CCL & FIDU

Bundestag event and meetings in Berlin with Oleg Sentsov, CCL & FIDU

Oleg Sentsov, former political prisoner gave his first speech abroad, in Berlin, after being released from Russian prison on September 7. To this purpose, on September 26, Frank Schwabe MP and Manuel Sarazzin MP welcomed Sentsov and our delegation to a parliamentary event at the Bundestag.

Oleg Sentsov greets and thanks the Poles

Oleg Sentsov greets and thanks the Poles

On September 27, 2019, Oleg Sentsov thanked the Poles and those who from the very beginning defended not only him, but all Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia and its occupied territories.

ODF and FIDU advocated for human rights at the 28th OSCE PA Annual Session

ODF and FIDU advocated for human rights at the 28th OSCE PA Annual Session

On July 4th, in occasion of the 28th OSCE PA Annual Session, the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) and the Italian Federation for Human Rights (FIDU) organised a side-event on post-elections scenarios in Ukraine, Moldova and Kazakhstan at the premises of the European Convention Centre in Luxembourg. Th

Appeal by the Civil Society Organizations  regarding an arbitrary blockade of Ukraine’s access to the Sea of Azov by the Russian Federation and the capture of 23 Ukrainian servicemen

Appeal by the Civil Society Organizations regarding an arbitrary blockade of Ukraine’s access to the Sea of Azov by the Russian Federation and the capture of 23 Ukrainian servicemen

On Sunday, November 25, 2018, a ship of the Border Guard Service of the Russian Federation’s Federal Security Service rammed through a Ukrainian tugboat “Yany Kapu”. Along with two small artillery boats “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol”, it was executing a planned sail from Odesa to Mariupol… (read more)

Will San Escobar be part of the Three Seas Initiative?

Will San Escobar be part of the Three Seas Initiative?

Today’s words by W. Waszczykowski about Ukraine are significant: “We also immediately stipulated that the Three Seas Initiative applies only to EU countries. Despite Petro Poroshenko’s requests and begging, Ukraine was not invited – even as an observer.

Ukrainian NGOs call for support for Lyudmyla Kozlovska

Ukrainian NGOs call for support for Lyudmyla Kozlovska

“In our opinion, entering Lyudmyla Kozlovska into the Schengen Information System (SIS) and depriving her of the right to stay within the Schengen area is a dangerous precedent initiating a new way of persecution of civil activists in the EU Member States” – claims a group of Ukrainian NGOs.

Kazakhstan’s special services are shadowing activists in Ukraine

Kazakhstan’s special services are shadowing activists in Ukraine

Civil society activists from Kazakhstan and Russia who are seeking political asylum in Ukraine, have faced secret surveillance and threats from unidentified persons. The activists claim that Kazakhstan’s special services are involved in this matter.

Save Oleg Sentsov: time is ticking

Save Oleg Sentsov: time is ticking

I am writing this to ring the alarm about Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian political prisoner who is now in deadly danger in a Russian prison, on a hunger strike. If no urgent measures are taken, he will die in his attempt to liberate his fellows in misery – other Ukrainian political prisoners.

Russia deprived of its voting rights in PACE in 2018

Russia deprived of its voting rights in PACE in 2018

Success of Ukrainian NGOs. Once again, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has prevented the Russian delegation from returning to its ranks. This decision was appealed for by 40 Ukrainian NGOs and the Open Dialogue Foundation.

Ukraine is in haste to transfer Zhanara Akhmetova to Kazakhstan

Ukraine is in haste to transfer Zhanara Akhmetova to Kazakhstan

Kazakhstani opposition journalist Zhanara Akhmetova was detained in Kiev on 21 October 2017 with gross violations of the Ukrainian legislation. On 24 October 2017, the court ruled on her temporary arrest for 18 days. In protest against the decision, Akhmetova went on a hunger strike.

The ODF discussed human rights in the post-Soviet region at the OSCE

The ODF discussed human rights in the post-Soviet region at the OSCE

Between 23 and 24 February, 2017, a representative of the Open Dialog Foundation was present at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting 2017 in Vienna. The aim of the visit was to discuss the current human rights and political situation in the post-Soviet region.

Developers of mobile application CVRP help schools in the Zone of Exclusion

Developers of mobile application CVRP help schools in the Zone of Exclusion

In January 2017, the Polish company The Farm 51 which develops computer games and applications for VR technology, along with the ODF, sent the first consignment of humanitarian aid for schools that are still attended in the Zone of Exclusion surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Bartosz Kramek for Puls Biznesu: For Ukraine, Poland is the gate to the EU

Bartosz Kramek for Puls Biznesu: For Ukraine, Poland is the gate to the EU

Low living standards, war, corruption – these and other factors prompt Ukrainians to leave their country. Those who decided to start a new life in Poland, increasingly frequently consider establishing a business here. Organisations, such as Open Europe Group, offers them support.

Report on the results of the training trip to Kyiv

Report on the results of the training trip to Kyiv

On May 05, 2016 European Exchange and ODF launched the project entitled ‘Support for young people as astimulusfor the strengthening of democracy in Ukraine’. The project is aimed at motivating the Ukrainian youth to participate directly in political and civic processes in Ukraine.

Report on the results of the training trip to Kyiv

Report on the results of the training trip to Kyiv

On May 05, 2016 European Exchange and ODF launched the project entitled ‘Support for young people as a stimulus for the strengthening of democracy in Ukraine’. The project is aimed at motivating the Ukrainian youth to participate directly in political and civic processes in Ukraine.

Report on the results of educational tour to Berlin

Report on the results of educational tour to Berlin

From 5 September, 2016 to 9 September, 2016 the Open Dialog Foundation, the European Exchange and the International Renaissance Foundation organised an educational tour for Ukrainian students from Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipro and Ivano-Frankivsk to Berlin.

Report on the results of educational tour to Berlin

Report on the results of educational tour to Berlin

From 5 September, 2016 to 9 September, 2016 the Open Dialog Foundation, the European Exchange and the International Renaissance Foundation organised an educational tour for Ukrainian students from Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipro and Ivano-Frankivsk to Berlin.

The Workshop ‘0 to 1. Make a Change And Have an Impact!’

The Workshop ‘0 to 1. Make a Change And Have an Impact!’

On 25 and 26 October 2016, within the framework of the international project ‘Supporting Youth As a Stimulus For the Strengthening of Democracy in Ukraine‘, a workshop entitled ‘0 to 1. Make a Change And Have an Impact!‘ was held.

Tygodnik Powszechny about Artur Deska and his help to refugees from the Crimea

Tygodnik Powszechny about Artur Deska and his help to refugees from the Crimea

On the 21st October, “Tygodnik Powszechny” weekly featured an article on the community of Crimean Tartars who in 2014 were forced to leave the Russian occupied peninsula and settled in Drohobych. There, they were looked after by Artur Deska – adviser to the Management Board of the Open Dialog Founda

The Minsk Agreements. EU-Russia relations and the role of sanctions

The Minsk Agreements. EU-Russia relations and the role of sanctions

Join us on 19 October in the European Parliament, room PHS 5B001, for an event co-organised by Petras Auštrevičius, Michał Boni, Ana Gomes, Rebecca Harms, Charles Tannock and Fundacja Otwarty Dialog dedicated to the Minsk Agreements and the role of sanctions in the EU-Russia relations.

Open Dialog Foundation on the silent protest held on Putin’s birthday

Open Dialog Foundation on the silent protest held on Putin’s birthday

On 07.10.2016, Vladimir Putin’s 64th birthday, activists from Euromaidan Warsaw held a protest against the bloody policy of the President of Russia alongside activists from the ODF. Several dozen people brought along with them portraits of Ukrainian soldiers killed in the war in the Donbas.

Global day #LetMyPeopleGo

Global day #LetMyPeopleGo

On 10-14 October 2016, during the 4th plenary session of the PACE, a world-wide #StopPutinsWarInUkraine action will take place and photos of political prisoners and histories of their persecution will be published on social media within the #LetMyPeopleGo campaign.

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

On 28-30.09.2016, the Open Dialog Foundation joined again the European Forum for New Ideas, held since 2011 in Sopot. The discussion on the violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts was co-organised by the ODF together with the Initiative of Global Compact Network Poland.

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

EFNI 2016: Violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts

On 28-30.09.2016, the Open Dialog Foundation joined again the European Forum for New Ideas, held since 2011 in Sopot. The discussion on the violation of human rights in contemporary military conflicts was co-organised by the ODF together with the Initiative of Global Compact Network Poland.

In their appeal to the Czech authorities, Russian human rights defenders made a stand in defence of Tatiana Paraskevich

In their appeal to the Czech authorities, Russian human rights defenders made a stand in defence of Tatiana Paraskevich

(Translation from Russian) Supreme Public Prosecutor, of the Czech Republic, Pavel Zeman Jezuitská 4, Brno, CZ-660 55 Czech Republic, [email protected]; Head of Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of Interior  of the Czech Republic, Tomáš Haišman 21/ОАМ, Nad Štolou, 3, Praha 7, CZ-170 34 [email protected]; [email protected]; Minister of Justice of the Czech […]

The Open Dialog Foundation’s top achievements

The Open Dialog Foundation’s top achievements

Representatives of the Foundation follow and attend the most important sessions and meetings of the international organizations and institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg, Vienna and Geneva.

The second trip for school pupils to Berlin and Brussels

The second trip for school pupils to Berlin and Brussels

In the period between 4 July, 2016 and 8 July, 2016, the Open Dialog Foundation and the ‘European Exchange’ organised the second phase of the study visit of Ukrainian students from Kharkov, Odessa and Dnieper to Brussels and Berlin.

The problem of prolonged detention in Ukraine. Experts discussion

The problem of prolonged detention in Ukraine. Experts discussion

On 28 July, 2016, attorneys and NGO representatives discussed the results of the study, carried out by the Open Dialog Foundation. It was devoted to the issue of ‘The excessive length of detention in Ukraine in breach of reasonable time of criminal proceedings’.

The problem of prolonged detention in Ukraine. Experts discussion

The problem of prolonged detention in Ukraine. Experts discussion

On 28 July, 2016, attorneys and NGO representatives discussed the results of the study, carried out by the ODF. It was held under the auspices of the UBA and was devoted to the issue of ‘The excessive length of detention in Ukraine in breach of reasonable time of criminal proceedings’.

ODF presentation and panel discussion in Kőszeg

ODF presentation and panel discussion in Kőszeg

Wednesday 29 June, the Summer University in Kőszeg (Hungary) “Europe at the Crossroads” -this year’s main topic, stood under the sign of Ukraine and an advanced approach to a new Central Europe.

Warsaw premiere of the Chernobyl VR Project

Warsaw premiere of the Chernobyl VR Project

On Friday 1 July, 2016 the National Audiovisual Institute in Warsaw hosted the Polish premiere of the Chernobyl VR Project, created by The Farm 51, a Polish company from the region of Silesia. The project has taken on a new character, initially not foreseen by the creators.

The Vyshyvanka Parade –  integrating and strengthening ties

The Vyshyvanka Parade – integrating and strengthening ties

On 22 May, 2016, participants of the Vyshyvanka Parada, an event, held in the capital city for the fourth time, walked approximately 6 kilometers along the streets of Warsaw. It couldn’t have been missed by members of the Open Dialog Foundation.

Visit Chernobyl without leaving home!

Visit Chernobyl without leaving home!

On 26 April at 6.00 p.m., the Kyiv History Museum will host the world premiere of the Chernobyl VR project entitled ‘Ghost Town: World Premiere of a Virtual Tour’. The innovative design of Poland’s The Farm 51 is aimed at preserving the memory of 1986 through a virtual trip to Chernobyl and Pripyat.

Support the campaign #LetMyPeopleGo

Support the campaign #LetMyPeopleGo

We have a good chance to force the international community to talk more about Ukrainian Hostages of Kremlin. The campaign #LetMyPeopleGo joined the list of finalists of the international competition of online activism Deutsche Welle DW – The Bobs. Everyone of us can help it to win.

Leading Polish media on the Chernobyl VR Project

Leading Polish media on the Chernobyl VR Project

The world premiere of the project developed by the Silesian company The Farm 51, which will be held with the support of the Open Dialogue Foundation in Kyiv on 26 April, 2016, aroused great interest in the Polish media.

New names on “Savchenko List”

New names on “Savchenko List”

Due to the recent extremely worrying developments and following consultations with Nadiya Savchenko’s lawyers, as well as with the representatives of the Russian opposition and civil society we have decided to broaden the “Savchenko List” with new names and to make it public.

Russian opposition calls for “Savchenko List”

Russian opposition calls for “Savchenko List”

At the end of the Free Russia Forum the participating representatives of the Russian opposition and civil society adopted a resolution supporting the call for the introduction of personal sanctions against individuals responsible for the persecution of the Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko.

Nadiya Savchenko has begun dry hunger strike

Nadiya Savchenko has begun dry hunger strike

On 4 March, 2016, Nadiya Savchenko officially went on a ‘dry hunger strike’, refusing even water. Such a radical move is a reaction to yesterday’s unlawful action of the court which did not permit the Ukrainian woman to deliver her final speech at the trial.

Report:  ‘28 hostages of the Kremlin’

Report: ‘28 hostages of the Kremlin’

Within the framework of the human rights campaign ‘LetMyPeopleGo’,ODF and the Civic Initiative ‘Euromaidan SOS’, present a report about 27 Ukrainians and 1 citizen of a European country who have faced unlawful and politically motivated criminal prosecution in Russia and the occupied Crimea.

A license for our Foundation

A license for our Foundation

On 15 December, 2014, the Minister of Internal Affairs granted to our Foundation, a license for trading in bulletproof vests and helmets. The granting of the license was preceded by the obtainment of a number of positive expert opinions issued, among others, by the Polish special services, which exp

Report: The case of ‘Crimean terrorists’

Report: The case of ‘Crimean terrorists’

The Russian regime held a show trial involving opponents of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Oleg Sentsov and Aleksander Kolchenko were sentenced to lengthy prison terms on trumped-up charges of terrorism

The case of Aleksander Orlow

The case of Aleksander Orlow

For more than 15 years, the illegal prosecution of a 60-year-old citizen of Poland, a member of the Union of Journalists of Ukraine, human rights activist and father of three, including two minors, Aleksander Orlow, has been ongoing in Ukraine.

Current challenges of lustration in Ukraine

Current challenges of lustration in Ukraine

This analysis has been created to present the current status of lustration in Ukraine and reflect the need for it’s implementation and improvement. It is a joint work of the Open Dialog Foundation and Civic Lustration Committee.

‘Ukrainian World’ features in a reportage by The Guardian

‘Ukrainian World’ features in a reportage by The Guardian

The news portal theguardian.com wrote about Ukrainians, exiled from their homes by war and poverty, who seek refuge in neighbouring Poland. In Warsaw, refugees find assistance at ‘Ukrainian World’, an aid centre run by the Open Dialog Foundation.

Report: Volunteer battalions. Origin, operation, controversies

Report: Volunteer battalions. Origin, operation, controversies

A lot of controversies have arisen in connection with the volunteer battalions which have been involved in the anti-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine. To a great extent, this is due to Russian media propaganda which promulgates the notion that the battalion soldiers are, in fact, ‘fascists’.

Report: Aid for civilians and soldiers in the ATO zone

Report: Aid for civilians and soldiers in the ATO zone

The anti-terrorist operation zone (ATO) can practically be divided into two zones: the zone of active hostilities, and the zone of ‘villages near-the-frontline’ where Ukrainian troops are stationed, but where no direct hostilities are taking place.

Ukrainian World: Exhibition “I’ll go back, my brothers are there’

Ukrainian World: Exhibition “I’ll go back, my brothers are there’

For over a month – from 21 May to 30 June, the exhibition ‘I’ll go back, my brothers are there’, dedicated to the wounded soldiers fighting in the east of Ukraine, will be open to visitors at ‘Ukrainian World’. The opening of the exhibition was held on 21 May 2015 at 6.00 PM.

Report: France should not allow the deadly rendering of the Kazakh oppositionist

Report: France should not allow the deadly rendering of the Kazakh oppositionist

1. Introduction The political context of the case of Mukhtar Ablyazov has been repeatedly referred to in the statements of human rights organisations, members of the European Parliament and the PACE. Russia and Ukraine are not safe countries for extradition as these countries do not guarantee the right to a fair trial or adequate conditions […]

Business after Maidan: old problems and new opportunities

Business after Maidan: old problems and new opportunities

A meeting with Ukrainian businessmen – Yuriy Shatynsky and Ihor Haras – was held at Ukrainian World on the 21st April. Yuriy and Ihor are the owners of the Chumak Company which is a leading Ukrainian manufacturer of premium quality furniture.

In Kiev, people pay tribute to the victims of the Smolensk tragedy

In Kiev, people pay tribute to the victims of the Smolensk tragedy

The Open Dialog Foundation and activists from different social organisations have visited the Polish Embassy in Ukraine today in order to light candles and lay flowers in solidarity with the Polish people who suffered from the tragedy five years ago.

Bartosz Kramek: border areas are most at threat from attacks

Bartosz Kramek: border areas are most at threat from attacks

On TVN24 Biznes i Świat’s “Otwarcie dnia” programme, the Chair of the Foundation’s Council, Bartosz Kramek, talked about the preparations now underway for a new offensive. An invasion may take place during the coming days and weeks, Kramek predicted.

Lyudmyla Kozlovska about the perception of lustration by Ukrainian media

Lyudmyla Kozlovska about the perception of lustration by Ukrainian media

Do the media in Ukraine take up the theme of lustration? Should it also cover journalists and would the media circles support the potential necessity of making lustration statements? These and other questions were answered by the President of the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF), Lyudmyla Kozlovska.

Half a tonne of aid will go to Ukraine

Half a tonne of aid will go to Ukraine

More packages are reaching us every day. Michał from Olsztyn and Milena from Warsaw organised collections at their places of work and residences for Ukraine. More than half a tonne of aid was collected.

Equipment for another Ukrainian soldier

Equipment for another Ukrainian soldier

Ukrainian soldiers are still awaiting equipment and life-saving devices. Thanks to a public collection, yet another person received help. Another portion of aid went to Vasyl Panas, an employee of the children’s department in the regional state administration in Horodenka.

Camouflage cloaks for Ukrainian conscripts

Camouflage cloaks for Ukrainian conscripts

Soldiers stationed on the front line received camouflage cloaks from the Open Dialog Foundation. Although a ceasefire has been effective in the ATO zone for a month now, it is not being respected: Ukrainian positions are under fire from guns and mortars.

A front line ‘must-have’ for Ukrainian soldiers

A front line ‘must-have’ for Ukrainian soldiers

As part of the ‘the bulletproof’ action, we sent two packages from Kiev for soldiers conscripted to military service. The packages contained helmets, bulletproof vests, tactical goggles and other items, necessary for the front line.

The Maidan Library will have its branch in the Ukrainian World

The Maidan Library will have its branch in the Ukrainian World

The Maidan Library is a social initiative of the Dignity Revolution participants who established it in the Ukrainian House in January 2014. It soon became a major landmark on the Maidan map, a centre of debates and exchanges of ideas.

‘Batkivschina’ supports the ‘Savchenko List’

‘Batkivschina’ supports the ‘Savchenko List’

The All-Ukrainian Union ‘Batkivshchyna’ [‘Fatherland’] supported the ‘Savchenko List’, created by our experts.This information was aired during a rally outside the Russian Embassy in Kiev by Member of the Verkhovna Rada from the ‘Fatherland’ Ivan Krulko.

Clothing for the frontline

Clothing for the frontline

Ivan and Dmytro, who, for the final few days before their deployment to the ATO zone are practising on a training ground near Lvov, sent pictures of the items transferred by the Open Dialog Foundation

Winter camouflage clothing for Ukrainian soldiers

Winter camouflage clothing for Ukrainian soldiers

Winter is coming to an end, but not everywhere. In the northern part of the frontline, soldiers still expect snowfall – in Lugansk province, snowfall is not a rare occurrence even at the beginning of April

Collection in Olsztyn

Collection in Olsztyn

On 21 February, thanks to the Municipal Board of the Association of Ukrainians in Poland, a collection was carried out at the ‘Masnytsya’ carnival party in Olsztyn. Our volunteer collected 820 PLN and 30 gr in a specially marked can

The war is on and requires the will to fight too, until we win

The war is on and requires the will to fight too, until we win

The recurring question, whether there will be war or not is a rhetorical one, because the war in Ukraine has been going on for many months now. We may not turn a blind eye to that – a discussion about facts is a waste of time; the situation requires action.

Meeting with V. Portnikov in “Ukrainian World”

Meeting with V. Portnikov in “Ukrainian World”

The ‘Ukrainian World’ centre held a meeting with the famous Ukrainian journalist and publicist, Vitaliy Portnikov, during which he spoke about the inevitable defeat of Russia and the consolidation of the Ukrainian people.

The Ukrainian World: Meeting with V. Portnikov

The Ukrainian World: Meeting with V. Portnikov

The ‘Ukrainian World’ centre held a meeting with the famous Ukrainian journalist and publicist, Vitaliy Portnikov, during which he spoke about the inevitable defeat of Russia and the consolidation of the Ukrainian people

Bartosz Kramek about separatists’ offensive despite the truce

Bartosz Kramek about separatists’ offensive despite the truce

The guests of a special edition of TVP Info were Bartosz Kramek, Chairman of the Open Dialog Foundation and Michał Dworczyk from the Freedom and Democracy Foundation. Besides the concluded truce, commentators also referred to the dubious unanimity of the Member States of the European Union.

Ukrainian Pravda: Bartosz Kramek on the Minsk agreements

Ukrainian Pravda: Bartosz Kramek on the Minsk agreements

“We cannot play by Moscow’s rules. The West must remind Putin that in a potential conflict, he is on a hiding to nothing and he must understand that this is not only a war waged by Russia against Ukraine alone, but also against NATO and the EU” Kramek said

Stop the appointment of Shokin

Stop the appointment of Shokin

“The nomination of Shokin is a shock” – shouted the participants of the manifestation in front of the Ukrainian Embassy in Warsaw.

SAVCHENKO LIST: persons involeved in persecution of N. Savchenko

SAVCHENKO LIST: persons involeved in persecution of N. Savchenko

The Open Dialog Foundation urges the imposition of personal sanctions against persons responsible for the kidnapping, arrest and imprisonment of Ukraine’s PACE delegate, people’s deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ukrainian citizen Nadiya Savchenko.

TVN BiŚ: Weapons for Ukraine from Poland? “Definitely”

TVN BiŚ: Weapons for Ukraine from Poland? “Definitely”

Should Poland trade in weapons with Ukraine? –Definitely. The question whether war will break out is a rhetorical one because the war has been going on for many months now – emphasized the Chair of the Open Dialog Foundation’s Council Bartosz Kramek, interviewed by TVN BiŚ.

Dutch MEP appeals in Savchenko’s case

Dutch MEP appeals in Savchenko’s case

Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Pieter Omtzigt, filed a written inquiry with the Committee of Ministers concerning N. Savchenko’s case, in which he asked what action had been taken to bring about the release of the Ukrainian lieutenant.

Ukrainian National News on the happening “Freedom for Savchenko”

Ukrainian National News on the happening “Freedom for Savchenko”

A recording of the Open Dialog Foundation’s happening in front of the EU Delegation in Kiev was aired by Ukrainian NationalA recording of the Open Dialog Foundation’s happening in front of the EU Delegation in Kiev was aired by Ukrainian National News (УНН News (УНН – Українські Національні Новини).

Kyiv remembrance rally

Kyiv remembrance rally

Together with the Belarus Solidarity Movement ‘Razam’ and the Ukrainian Community ‘Volnytsia’, the Open Dialog Foundation organised on the Maidan, a rally to commemorate the first victims of the Ukrainian protests.

Plant a park for Nadyia

Plant a park for Nadyia

26th January 2015 will be the day that Poles demonstrate their solidarity with, and support, the Ukrainian Lieutenant and Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, unlawfully imprisoned in Moscow.

Polskie Radio: How can Poland help Ukraine?

Polskie Radio: How can Poland help Ukraine?

How can Poland help Ukraine? only financially? – These questions were answered in the studio of Polish Radio Channel One by, amongst others, representatives of the foundations working in Poland, including Natalia Panchenko of the Open Dialog Foundation.

#JeSuisVolnovakha

#JeSuisVolnovakha

Very recently, we were all “Charlie” in solidarity with the victims of Paris. Now, residents of Warsaw have posted under the hashtag #JeSuisVolnovakha, in support of the families of civilians killed when separatists shot at a bus in Volnovakha.

Poroshenko Lobbying a Yanukovych-style Bill

Poroshenko Lobbying a Yanukovych-style Bill

The Presidential Administration is promoting a bill on judicial system reform, which would extend the authority of President significantly. MPs have not had time to study the bill – it is scheduled for consideration for tomorrow.

The case of Oleg Sentsov

The case of Oleg Sentsov

Investigators refused to open a criminal case regarding the torture of the Ukrainian filmmaker and continue to contrive charges.

Sentsov was deemed ro be a Russian citizen

Sentsov was deemed ro be a Russian citizen

The Open Dialog Foundation received a reply to the inquiry regarding the case of Sentsov, Kolchenko and Afanasiyev from the Office of the General Prosecutor of the Russian Federation.

Updated amendment suggestions to the Ukrainian law on lustration

Updated amendment suggestions to the Ukrainian law on lustration

In connection with the presentation of the report summarising the legislative work on the Ukrainian lustration law, the project coordinator from the Foundation presented the latest expert recommendations regarding the changes in the law, which would bring the law more into line with the standards o

Seminarium: Lustration of Judiciary: Ukrainian and International Practices

Seminarium: Lustration of Judiciary: Ukrainian and International Practices

Agnieszka Piasecka, who on a daily basis monitors the implementation of the lustration reform, including the verification of the justice system, participated in a seminar entitled ‘Lustration of Judiciary: Ukrainian and International Practices’. EU experts, including Professor Lorena Bachmaier Winter, an expert from the Council of Europe and a professor of law from the University […]

Human rights activists calls on Hollande to cease cooperation with Nazarbayev

Human rights activists calls on Hollande to cease cooperation with Nazarbayev

In a joint statement signed by the representatives of the Open Dialog Foundation, the Centre for Civic Liberties and Centre for Human Rights Information, the activists called on the President of France to cease his assistance in the campaign against democracy being conducted by Nursultan Nazarbayev.

‘MyZWami’ Press Conference – Summary of the support for Ukraine

‘MyZWami’ Press Conference – Summary of the support for Ukraine

The key event in the Warsaw celebration of the anniversary of protests at Maidan was a press conference ‪#‎MyZWami, during which we summed up the efforts made to support Ukraine, organised through the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) and Euromajdan Warsaw over the last year.

‘MyZWami’ Press Conference – Summary of the support for Ukraine

‘MyZWami’ Press Conference – Summary of the support for Ukraine

The key event in the Warsaw celebration of the anniversary of protests at Maidan was a press conference ‪#‎MyZWami, during which we summed up the efforts made to support Ukraine, organised through the Open Dialog Foundation (ODF) and Euromajdan Warsaw over the last year.

Call your congressman to help Ukraine!

Call your congressman to help Ukraine!

The Open Dialog Foundation joins the call of the Ukrainian community in the United States, directed at the US Congress to adopt the so-called Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (S.2828), which provides for greater support and military assistance to Ukraine, in their struggle to regain control over

“ATO Zone – War Zone”

“ATO Zone – War Zone”

The fighting between Ukrainian soldiers and separatists in the east of the country and anti-governmental protests on the Maidan – these and other developments were recorded by the Ukrainian photographer Viktor Gurniak.

Forbes: Conflict in Eastern Ukraine in Photographs by Viktor Gurniak

Forbes: Conflict in Eastern Ukraine in Photographs by Viktor Gurniak

Forbes has written about the exhibition organised by the Open Dialog Foundation. In front of the University of Warsaw, on Krakowskie Przedmieście, until 8th December, photographs by the Ukrainian photographer Viktor Gurniaka can be viewed. Gurniak documented, amongst other things, the fighting in th

March of Solidarity with Ukraine

March of Solidarity with Ukraine

On Sunday, a March of Solidarity with Ukraine passed through the streets of Warsaw. During the march, its participants paid tribute to the heroes of the Nebesna Sotnya.

Super Nowości 24: Flawless “Perfect” band

Super Nowości 24: Flawless “Perfect” band

The supernowosci24.pl portal published a report on the concert on Saturday “Cooperation without borders – Podkarpacie Region for Ukraine”, which featured, amongst others, a performance by the “Perfect” band, and during which a collection was orgainsed to help Ukrainian refugees.

Polish Radio: More tensions in Ukraine

Polish Radio: More tensions in Ukraine

The Polish Radio station reported on more tensions in Ukraine – fights are continuously ongoing in the self-proclaimed republics. The situation was commented upon by the Foundation’s spokesman, Tomasz Czuwara.

Lyudmyla Kozlovska for Alter Mondes

Lyudmyla Kozlovska for Alter Mondes

Lyudmyla Kozlovska – President of the Open Dialog Foundation – for Alter Mondes, the French international relations magazine, about international relations, lustration and the situation in Ukraine.

The Lustration Council presented in Kiev

The Lustration Council presented in Kiev

The Civic Lustration Council with the Ministry of Justice has been appointed in Ukraine. At a press conference in Kiev its members were introduced, among them was the President of the Open Dialog Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska.

Euro local government 2014 Poland-Ukraine

Euro local government 2014 Poland-Ukraine

On 14th – 16th November, together with the Open Dialog Foundation and the Polish-Ukrainian Business Chamber, the Bemowo Culture Centre is organising a project entitled “Euro local government 2014 Poland-Ukraine”

The Sixth Monitoring Mission to the Russian Faderation has been held

The Sixth Monitoring Mission to the Russian Faderation has been held

13.10.2014 the 6th observation mission concerning Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian pilot jailed in the Russian Federation, has been held. The mission members Anastasiia Chornohorska (Open Dialog Foundation) and Liliia Naumchuck (OZON Civic Monitoring) visited Russia to attend the court hearing. Natal

TVP Rzeszów TV: 42 bulletproof vests going to Ukraine

TVP Rzeszów TV: 42 bulletproof vests going to Ukraine

Regional TV channel, TVP Rzeszów, reported on the shipment of 42 bulletproof vests by the Open Dialog Foundation and how the goods had successfully crossed the border at the Medyka – Sheginy border crossing.

Radio Wnet: Help without flashlights

Radio Wnet: Help without flashlights

Radio Wnet has written about the help provided by Polish foundations and associations to Ukraine, including the activities of the Open Dialog Foundation.

Ambulance donated to the Kulczycki National Guards

Ambulance donated to the Kulczycki National Guards

The ambulance which formed part of an ODF international aid convoy to the east of Ukraine, has reached Drohobych. On location, it was handed over to the soldiers of a battalion of the Kulczycki National Guard. The ambulance is to be used in the ATO zone.

Wyborcza.pl: Warsaw residents wish Putin: “Happy last year”

Wyborcza.pl: Warsaw residents wish Putin: “Happy last year”

Wyborcza.pl: “The average male life expectancy in Russia is 62 years. The last year has started” – a poster with these words aroused the strongest emotions during the picket on Tuesday organised on the occasion of the 62nd birthday of Vladimir Putin.

ODF convoy set out for Ukraine

ODF convoy set out for Ukraine

On Wednesday 8 October, the Ukraiński Świat assistance centre saw the departure of a lorry with aid for refugees and soldiers fighting in eastern Ukraine, purchased thanks to funds raised through the broneshylety.com action.

ODF convoy on the move

ODF convoy on the move

On Wednesday 8 October, the Ukraiński Świat assistance centre saw the departure of a lorry with aid for refugees and soldiers fighting in eastern Ukraine, purchased thanks to funds raised through the broneshylety.com action.

Action “We support”

Action “We support”

We invite you to participate in the ‘We support’ action, a joint initiative of the Open Dialog Foundation, Norma Wear and the band Kozak System.

Martin Schulz responds to ODF’s letter on Sentsov

Martin Schulz responds to ODF’s letter on Sentsov

Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, replied to the letter sent by the ODF concerning the case of Oleg Sentsov and other Crimean activists abducted and taken to Moscow by FSB officers and charged with terrorist activities.

Summary of the 7th annual Polish-Ukrainian meetings in Yaremche on the Prut

Summary of the 7th annual Polish-Ukrainian meetings in Yaremche on the Prut

Annually, the Carpathian resort of Yaremche on the Prut hosts Polish-Ukrainian meetings organised by the Vasyl Stefanyk Subcarpathian National University in Ivano-Frankivsk (former Stanislaviv) and Kurier Galicyjski with support from the Freedom and Democracy Foundation and the Polish Ministry of Fo

Having voted in favour of sanctions, Russia did not let her in

Having voted in favour of sanctions, Russia did not let her in

Rebecca Harms, German MEP and co-chair of the Greens and the Free European Alliance faction, was not allowed into Russia despite holding a diplomatic passport. She was travelling to Moscow upon a request from the Open Dialog Foundation and the family of Nadiya Savchenko, to act as an observer during

Savchenko locked in an insane asylum prior to the appellate hearing?

Savchenko locked in an insane asylum prior to the appellate hearing?

Ukranian pilot, Nadiya Savchenko has been transferred from the detention facility in Voronezh, Russia to the Moscow detention centre for women ‘SIZO-6 Pechatniki’. A hearing in which the court will consider the appeal of the defence, who did not agree to the forced psychiatric examination of their

Help Oleksandr by raising funds for his leg prostheses

Help Oleksandr by raising funds for his leg prostheses

Oleksandr Goncharuk, 46, from the village of Lyadova (near Mohylov Podolsky) paid the price of his health for joining the January protests in the Maidan. The man suffered from severe frostbite – one of his legs and the toes of the other had to be amputated.

Another Mission concerning Savchenko

Another Mission concerning Savchenko

On 14th September, another international mission was launched concerning the Ukrainian female pilot N. Savchenko who was abducted by the Russian Federation’s special services.

Tvp.pl: Another round of aid for Ukraine

Tvp.pl: Another round of aid for Ukraine

The tvp.pl website, along with the TVP Rzeszów public TV station, reported on the ODF’s volunteers crossing the border with aid for Ukraine. Late Tuesday evening, a group of over 20 volunteers carried 70 helmets across the Polish-Ukraine border.

Hopes for Ukrainian Ossów

Hopes for Ukrainian Ossów

On September 17, the anniversary of 1939 Soviet invasion of Poland, together with the Ukrainian community involved in Euromaidan Warsaw and the Ossów Local-government Cultural Institution “Gates of the Battle of Warsaw, 1920”, we stood just outside of the town where the Miracle on the Vistula happe

70 helmets got into the hands of Donbas and Aidar battalions

70 helmets got into the hands of Donbas and Aidar battalions

On Tuesday, 16th September, at the border crossing in Medyka, the Open Dialog Foundation transferred protective helmets to Ukraine. Seventy PASGT helmets will reach the Donbas and Aidar battalions fighting in the east of Ukraine.

Another mission concerning Savchenko

Another mission concerning Savchenko

On 14th September, another international mission was launched concerning the Ukrainian female pilot N. Savchenko who was abducted by the Russian Federation’s special services.

Meeting with Salil Shetty

Meeting with Salil Shetty

On 7th September, Petro Ohotin of the Open Dialog Foundation met, in Kiev, with Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

Senator McCain in Kiev

Senator McCain in Kiev

On the occasion of the visit paid by Senator John McCain to Kiev, we managed to exchange a few words with him and welcome him on behalf of the Open Dialog Foundation in Ukraine.

Reporter Polski: We shall not live here

Reporter Polski: We shall not live here

TVP 2 channel aired a report on refugees forced to leave their homes after the annexation of the Crimea by Russia. Amongst them, there are many Crimean Tatars who found refuge in places such as Drohobych.

Bulletproof vests tested on firing range

Bulletproof vests tested on firing range

For several months now, we have been supporting Ukrainian soldiers fighting in the east of the country against pro-Russian terrorists and the regular Russian army: we have been raising funds and buying bullet-proof vests, helmets and other lifesaving and health-protecting equipment.

Thermal Imager for Kyiv-1 Battalion

Thermal Imager for Kyiv-1 Battalion

Under the support campaign bronezhylety.com conducted by the Open Dialog Foundation, we have again provided soldiers fighting in the east of Ukraine with equipment.

Aid from EuroMaidan London

Aid from EuroMaidan London

We have received a package from EuroMaidan London with humanitarian aid for those fighting in the east of Ukraine.

RDC: What has happened to Nadiya Savchenko?

RDC: What has happened to Nadiya Savchenko?

The fate of the abducted Ukrainian pilot, activities of the Open Dialog Foundation and key developments in Ukraine over recent months were discussed in RDC radio’s afternoon programme Popołudnie RDC by Bartosz Kramek, Chair of the Open Dialog Foundation’s Council.

Celebrations of Ukraine’s Independence Day and Flag Day

Celebrations of Ukraine’s Independence Day and Flag Day

On 23rd and 24th August, Ukraine celebrated its National Flag Day and Independence Day. On that occasion, celebrations were held in Warsaw too. Upon the initiative of, amongst others, the Open Dialog Foundation, sports events, picnics and a parade were organised.

Ukrainian pilot N. Savchenko to go to psychiatric hospital

Ukrainian pilot N. Savchenko to go to psychiatric hospital

The court in Voronez has decided to extend the detention of the pilot N. Savchenko until 30 October and ordered, at the same time, that the Ukrainian lieutenant is to undergo so-called stationary expert psychiatric examination in the Serbsky Institute in Moscow.

Invited by ODF, Sister of N. Savchenko in Poland

Invited by ODF, Sister of N. Savchenko in Poland

Since the beginning of the week, Vira Savchenko – the sister of the lieutenant of the Ukrainian Army, Nadiya Savchenko, who is currently being detained in a Russian prison, has been staying in Warsaw.

Sister of N. Savchenko in Poland

Sister of N. Savchenko in Poland

Following her receipt of an invitation from the Open Dialog Foundation Vira Savchenko visited Warsaw – the sister of the lieutenant of the Ukrainian Army, Nadiya Savchenko, who is currently being detained in a Russian prison, has been staying in Warsaw.

How to use international lustration experience in Ukraine

How to use international lustration experience in Ukraine

Today, all Ukrainian society is waiting for the adoption of the lustration bill, however many parliamentarians do everything to prevent it. One of the ideas proposed by the deputy of the Party of Regions faction, Anna Herman, is to talk about lustration through recourse to international bodies.

Report: The case of Nadiya Savchenko

Report: The case of Nadiya Savchenko

According to all international legal norms, the Russian Federation has no right to detain, arrest, present charges to or try the citizens of Ukraine for alleged crimes committed on the territory of Ukraine.

PAP: Fundraisers for Ukraine all over the country

PAP: Fundraisers for Ukraine all over the country

The Polish Press Agency publicised fundraisers for Ukraine organised throughout Poland. Humanitarian aid is delivered, aside from the Ministry of Defense, also by organisations such as PAH, Caritas and the Open Dialog Foundation.

RDC: Parade and concerts on Ukrainian Independence Day

RDC: Parade and concerts on Ukrainian Independence Day

RDC, the regional broadcasting agency of the Polish Radio, invited the people of Warsaw to paint icons and train in Cossack martial arts and other activities. The event is due to take place on 23rd and 24th August.

Bartosz Kramek on TVN 24 BiŚ on Angela Merkel’s visit to Kyiv

Bartosz Kramek on TVN 24 BiŚ on Angela Merkel’s visit to Kyiv

The Chair of the Foundation’s Council, Bartosz Kramek, commented on Saturday’s visit by Angela Merkel to Kiev. As he noted, the German policy is conciliatory towards Russia and, as a result, in Ukraine, the Chancellor is called “Frau Ribbentrop”.

Another Shipment Dispatched to Ukraine

Another Shipment Dispatched to Ukraine

As part of our campaign aimed at supporting Ukrainian soldiers and members of the National Guard, broneshylety.com, we have dispatched another shipment of clothing.

TVN24: Helmets to be returned

TVN24: Helmets to be returned

As the information portal of TVN24 puts it, 551 helmets which were confiscated at the Polish-Ukrainian border by decision of District Prosecutor of Zamość will be returned. That does not mean, however, that Oleg I., who attempted to transport the equipment, will be allowed to ship it to Ukraine.

“Gazeta Wyborcza” daily:  Helmets detained at Ukrainian border to be returned

“Gazeta Wyborcza” daily: Helmets detained at Ukrainian border to be returned

As the portal wyborcza.pl informs, the helmets seized at the border will be returned to Oleg I., who on June 28th attempted to transport the equipment through the Zosin border crossing point. Wyborcza also follows the Polish Press Agency in describing the issue of 42 bulletproof vests, which the Open Dialog Foundation was to donate […]

Broneshylety.com – Action to Support Ukrainian Soldiers

Broneshylety.com – Action to Support Ukrainian Soldiers

Mykhailo Havryluk, one of EuroMaidan heroes, now a representative of the Chetvyortaya Sotnya which is part of the volunteers’ battalion ‘Zolotye Vorota’, has received the bullet-proof vests purchased as part of the public collection conducted by the Open Dialog Foundation.

Dziennik Polski: Confiscated vests not to protect Ukrainians

Dziennik Polski: Confiscated vests not to protect Ukrainians

In their article of August 12th, Dziennik Polski informs of the confiscation of bulletproof vests purchased by the Open Dialog Foundation. As the author rightly notes, the vests are useless when lying idle in storage, whilst people are dying in Ukraine.

Polskieradio.pl: Polish helmets to go to Ukraine?

Polskieradio.pl: Polish helmets to go to Ukraine?

The Internet portal polskieradio.pl published an article on bulletproof vests and helmets sent to Ukraine in the context of Polish customs blocking the export of such life-saving equipment.

“Eat Apples to Annoy Putin”

“Eat Apples to Annoy Putin”

As part of the campaign ‘Eat apples to annoy Putin’, together with EuroMaidan Warsaw, volunteers and staff of the Open Dialog Foundation were handing out Polish apples to pedestrians passing by Ukraine’s Embassy in Warsaw.

Vests and Helmets do not Kill

Vests and Helmets do not Kill

Natalia Panchenko, coordinator of the kuloodporni.org campaign and Chair of Euromaidan Warsaw, together with Tomasz Czuwara, spokesman for the Open Dialog Foundation, speaking on TVP Polonia, pointed out that neither a vest nor a helmet is capable of killing anybody – this is equipment for saving hu

Tomasz Czuwara: Common Position of Many Countries is Needed

Tomasz Czuwara: Common Position of Many Countries is Needed

Tomasz Czuwara, spokesman for the Open Dialog Foundation, in an interview with Superstacja television, said ‘In Angela Merkel’s actions, national interest often prevails which she puts above the interest of the entire European Union, and hence her frequent conversations with Vladimir Putin.

About Risk of Russian Intervention in Ukraine on Radio TOK FM

About Risk of Russian Intervention in Ukraine on Radio TOK FM

The spokesman for the Open Dialog Foundation, Tomasz Czuwara, and Anna Maria Dyner of the Polish Institute of International Affairs, interviewed by Radio TOK FM, talked about the risks and costs of an open Russian intervention in Ukraine.

Polish media on closing the investigation against Oleg I.

Polish media on closing the investigation against Oleg I.

Citing a press release from the Polish Press Agency, the Polish information portals informed of the investigation into the case against Oleg I. having been closed; the Ukrainian citizen attempted to ship over 500 helmets from Poland into Ukraine without the respective permit.

Espreso TV correspondent injured

Espreso TV correspondent injured

Espreso TV correspondent, Bianka Zalewska, was injured on Sunday afternoon after the vehicle she was in, returning from the front, was shot at and consequently overturned. The car was moving in the combat zone, where pro-Russian separatists clashed with Ukrainian forces.

March to “Stop Putin’s terror”

March to “Stop Putin’s terror”

The streets of Warsaw saw the March Against Terror. It was organised by Euromaidan Warsaw and the Open Dialog Foundation, and gathered several hundred participants.

Criminal charges for saving lives

Criminal charges for saving lives

The Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Zamość presented charges to a Ukrainian citizen who was carrying vests and helmets across the border in Zosin.

Polsat News: Sanctions: „Now or never”

Polsat News: Sanctions: „Now or never”

President of the board of the ODF, Bartosz Kramek, appeared on Polsat News to discuss sanctions towards the Russian Federation, and the Polish regulations on shipment of protective gear.

Polish media on the “Stop Putin’s Terror” Great March in Warsaw

Polish media on the “Stop Putin’s Terror” Great March in Warsaw

The Polish media reported on the “Stop Putin’s Terror” Great March organised by the Open Dialog Foundation and Euromaidan Warsaw. Around 200 persons with banners and posters marched along the streets of Warsaw in protest against Putin’s policy. In the end, candles were lit in front of the Russian embassy and balloons released – to […]

Petro Okhotin: Nadia Savchenko remains in custody

Petro Okhotin: Nadia Savchenko remains in custody

The representative of the Open Dialogue Foundation Petro Okhotin, who has currently been staying in Voronezh to observe the trial of an Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, made a comment on her case at Hromadske TV.

Onet.pl on the shipment of protective equipment to Ukraine

Onet.pl on the shipment of protective equipment to Ukraine

News portal Onet.pl reported a statement from the Ministry of Defence. Minister Siemoniak told TVN 24 that “there is no reason to stop bulletproof vests at the border.” The minister also admitted that these were non-lethal items, serving for protection and not for killing others.

Polsat News: Krzysztof Bukowski on information war

Polsat News: Krzysztof Bukowski on information war

In an interview given to Polsat News, Krzysztof Bukowski of the Open Dialog Foundation talked about the information war that rages on alongside the Ukrainian conflict, and the Russian propaganda offensive launched after the Malaysian plane was shot down over Ukraine.

First international observation mission concerning Lieutenant N. Savchenko

First international observation mission concerning Lieutenant N. Savchenko

The Open Dialog Foundation, in cooperation with the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organised the first international observation mission concerning Lieutenant Nadiya Savchenko, detained by pro-Russian terrorists on the territory of Ukraine, abducted and taken to Russia, and accused of murder

Urgent: Briginets arrested in Belarus

Urgent: Briginets arrested in Belarus

Ukrainian MP, Aleksandr Briginets has been arrested at the airport in Minsk. Now he remains in custody in the airport’s transit zone.

Abducted pilot talks about her kidnapping and hunger strike

Abducted pilot talks about her kidnapping and hunger strike

Yesterday (16 July, 2014) the consul of Ukraine in the Russian Federation received permission to visit Lieutenant Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian army pilot arrested by pro-Russian terrorists in Ukraine and taken to Russia.

Radio Radicale: The Ukrainian crisis and its repercussions in Europe

Radio Radicale: The Ukrainian crisis and its repercussions in Europe

The crisis in Ukraine and its repercussions in Europe were discussed on Radio Radicale by the President of the Open Dialog Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, Elena Rybak, the wife of the deputy V Rybak killed by terrorists, and the coordinator of support for Ukraine in ODF Natalia Panchenko.

Leaflet action: Stop the Mistral deal

Leaflet action: Stop the Mistral deal

On the initiative of the Open Dialog Foundation and the EuroMaidan organisation, a leaflet action ‘Stop the Mistral deal’ was held in Warsaw on 13 July, 2014.

Ukraine’s Tax System Reform: Myth or Reality

Ukraine’s Tax System Reform: Myth or Reality

Government in collaboration with experts has worked out Concept for Ukraine’s tax system reforms, which has been introduced to the public recently. The Concept is to determine trends, mechanisms and timings to form an efficient tax system that will provide a favourable environment for the growth of

Fakt.pl: Smugglers of bulletproof vests and helmets!

Fakt.pl: Smugglers of bulletproof vests and helmets!

As the website Fakt.pl informs – “The Ukrainians are on a massive armaments spree. The tense situation in the country and the lack of real protection against the separatist bandits led the nation to look for alternative ways of coping with the threat.”

Exhibition: “Faces of EuroMaidan”

Exhibition: “Faces of EuroMaidan”

On June 24 at 11.00 the Vice Speaker of the Polish Seym, Cezary Grabarczyk, opened the “Faces of EuroMaidan” exhibition in the Seym building.

Marcin Święcicki signed an appeal to Ukraine’s authorities

Marcin Święcicki signed an appeal to Ukraine’s authorities

Polish MP, Marcin Święcicki of Platforma Obywatelska (Citizens‘ Platform) addressed an appeal to Ukraine’s authorities urging them to discontinue their relations with the authoritarian regimes of Russia and Kazakhstan concerning the abuse of Interpol systems aimed at persecuting their political oppo

Polish Parliamentarians’ Appeal to Ukraine’s Authorities

Polish Parliamentarians’ Appeal to Ukraine’s Authorities

MPs of the “Twój Ruch” (Your Move) parliamentary group Tomasz Makowski, Łukasz Krupa, Artur Debski, Maciej Mroczek and Robert Biedron, signed an appeal to Ukraine’s authorities expressing their concern over the practice of handing over political refugees and opponents to non-democratic states.

Help for student wounded on Independence Square

Help for student wounded on Independence Square

The Yagichevs family – Rafat and his mother Zemfira – come from the Crimea. They were forced to leave the peninsula due to the Russian occupation, and now they reside in Kiev.

IAR: Protests in front of the Russian embassy

IAR: Protests in front of the Russian embassy

Radio News Agency publishes a telegram informing of a protest in front of the Russian embassy in Warsaw, organised – among others – by the Open Dialog Foundation.

Yehor Sobolev in Poland

Yehor Sobolev in Poland

Invited by the Open Dialog Foundation and the Institute of National Remembrance, Yehor Sobolev, Head of Ukraine’s Lustration Committee, visited Poland. During his four-day stay (4-7 June) he met with Polish MPs, government officials, journalists and Ukrainians living in Poland.

Conference: Ukraine at the crossroad – post-electoral analysis

Conference: Ukraine at the crossroad – post-electoral analysis

On May 28, the Open Dialog Foundation organised a conference in Rome, Italy, entitled: “Ukraine at the crossroad: post-electoral analysis” [Ucraina al bivio: analisi post-elettorale]. The conference was generously hosted by the Consiglio Italiano del Movimento Europeo.

Polskieradio.pl: Vetting due for Ukraine? ”Old staff are corrupt”

Polskieradio.pl: Vetting due for Ukraine? ”Old staff are corrupt”

The Internet portal polskieradio.pl informs of a meeting by Yehor Sobolev, head of the Ukrainian Vetting Committee, with journalists in Warsaw. During the meeting, Sobolev outlined the vetting model, which – in his opinion – ought to be used and implemented in Ukraine.

Aleksandra Gajewska for Espreso.TV on the power of youth in politics

Aleksandra Gajewska for Espreso.TV on the power of youth in politics

Aleksandra Gajewska, Warsaw city councillor and head of ODF’s political affairs
department, talked on Espreso TV about her experience in local government as well as youth involvement in politics and the use of new technology for the sake of political participation.

We co-funded physiotherapy for 5-year-old Lidia from Ukraine

We co-funded physiotherapy for 5-year-old Lidia from Ukraine

The Open Dialog Foundation has provided financial support for Lidia Sydoruk, a 5-year-old from Ukraine, who suffers from spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. The medical costs were far beyond her family’s financial capabilities, which is why they turned to the ODF for help.

International Technical Assistance in Ukraine: the background

International Technical Assistance in Ukraine: the background

International Technical Assistance (ITA) – the resources and services which, in accordance with international treaties of Ukraine, are provided by donors on a free-of-charge and irrevocable basis with the purpose of supporting Ukraine.

Support for refugees from Crimea

Support for refugees from Crimea

Thirteen Tatar families who were resettled from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea are now under the care of “CARITAS SDD UGKC“ in Drohobytsch, thanks to a project financed by the Open Dialogue Foundation.

Statement on refugees

Statement on refugees

We are deeply concerned over the fact that the judicial bodies in Ukraine could not abandon the practices which took place during the government of Viktor Yanukovych as well as previously.

Government Actions for Payment of Naftogaz Deficiency

Government Actions for Payment of Naftogaz Deficiency

Inefficiency and non-transparency of Ukraine’s energy sector have a major impact on the budget and the economy. Ukraine has the highest rate of energy use per unit of GDP among all the neighboring countries.

Help with the accommodation for refugees from the Crimea

Help with the accommodation for refugees from the Crimea

A family from the Crimea approached the Open Dialog Foundation asking for help. At the time of the referendum, which was held in March 2014, they detected electoral fraud and propaganda actions on the Internet, opposing the misinformation disseminated by the pro-Russian media.

#WeAreWithYou From The Very Beginning!

#WeAreWithYou From The Very Beginning!

We’ve been actively helping in the development of civil society in Ukraine and the support of pro-European changes in Poland’s eastern neighbouring state for half a year now.

Match for Poland’s President’s Cup

Match for Poland’s President’s Cup

At the Drukarz football club stadium in the Skaryszewski Park in Warsaw, the Open Dialog Foundation together with the Daj Szansę Foundation and Paweł Zalewski, MEP, organised a match in order to express their objection to racism at sports stadiums and the Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Ukraine on the way to ratifying the Rome Statute

Ukraine on the way to ratifying the Rome Statute

Ukraine signed the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Rome Statute) on January 20, 2000. It was then that the ratification process began; however, it stalled in June 2001 when the provisions of the Rome Statute were found to be in contravention of state laws.

Bartosz Kramek: We may not bury our heads in sand

Bartosz Kramek: We may not bury our heads in sand

Interviewed by Polsat News, Chair of the Foundation’s Council, Bartosz Kramek, talked about the situation before the presidential elections in Ukraine, the separatists’ determination and the engagement of the West in the conflict in Ukraine

Ukrainian athlete wounded in Slavyansk

Ukrainian athlete wounded in Slavyansk

The Open Dialog Foundation has transferred 2,000 UAH for the treatment of the athlete and fighter of ‘Alpha’ Special Forces Unit, who was wounded in Slavyansk.

Foundation’s Observer on Putin’s Political Games

Foundation’s Observer on Putin’s Political Games

Interviewed by TVN24 Biznes i Świat, Open Dialog Foundation’s observer, Agnieszka Piasecka, estimated the chances of de-escalation of the conflict in relation to the appeal from the Russian Federation’s President to postpone the referendum in the east of Ukraine, planned for 11th May.

Ukrainian World – Help Centre

Ukrainian World – Help Centre

At Nowy Świat No. 63 in Warsaw, the “Ukrainian World” centre has opened. The centre provides Ukrainians living in Poland with legal and psychological assistance.

Help Centre – Ukrainian World

Help Centre – Ukrainian World

At Nowy Świat No. 63 in Warsaw, the “Ukrainian World” centre has opened. The centre provides Ukrainians living in Poland with legal and psychological assistance.

ODF for wp.pl on the situation in Donetsk

ODF for wp.pl on the situation in Donetsk

On the spirits in Donetsk and the tragic death toll of the recent days as told to the Internet portal Wirtualna Polska by the observer of the Open Dialog Foundation, Katarzyna Kwiatkowska-Moskalewicz.

Wilanów in Concert for Maidan

Wilanów in Concert for Maidan

Precisely one month prior to the presidential elections in Ukraine, on a beach in Wilanów, a charity concert “Wilanów – Majdan. A Common Cause” was held.

Wilanów in Concert for Maidan

Wilanów in Concert for Maidan

Precisely one month prior to the presidential elections in Ukraine, on a beach in Wilanów, a charity concert “Wilanów – Majdan. A Common Cause” was held on 25th April, with Polish and Ukrainian bands performing on stage.

Government presents its vision of key 2015 budget policy trends

Government presents its vision of key 2015 budget policy trends

On 19 April 2014, according to Article 33 of the Budget Code of Ukraine, Prime Minister Yatseniuk’s government submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine the Draft Resolution “On the Guidelines of the 2015 Budget Policy” , developed in accordance to the Programme of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukrai

PAP: OSCE mission unable to enter Slavyansk

PAP: OSCE mission unable to enter Slavyansk

As reported by the Polish Press Agency, “The mission by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, monitoring the execution of Geneva agreement on stabilisation of eastern Ukraine situation, is unable to enter the city of Slavyansk

A singer and composer wounded in the eye

A singer and composer wounded in the eye

In January, during the protests on Kiev’s Maidan, Viktor Reka was shot in the eye by a Berkutofficer. At the time of shooting, Viktor was within 10 metres from the line of the Berkut officers.

Psychological support

Psychological support

Psychological support to wounded and injured Maidan activists who are in Polish hospitals is provided by Natalia Basko. Natalia is a psychologist by profession and a Ukrainian national who has been living in Poland for years.

Russia is abusing the mechanisms of Interpol

Russia is abusing the mechanisms of Interpol

On 11 April, 2014, a press conference entitled ‘Combating authoritarian regimes: an examination of extraditions requested by Ukraine and the expulsion of violators of the Charter from Interpol’ was held at the UNIAN premises.

Assistance for the kidnapped Maidan activist

Assistance for the kidnapped Maidan activist

Anatoliy Sholudko fought on the Maidan. For his activities, he was kidnapped by ‘Titushky’ and tortured with the use of an electric chair, beaten, subjected to waterboarding and blackmailed by the kidnappers.

An eye surgery for a cherkasy activist

An eye surgery for a cherkasy activist

We are still organising assistance for those wounded from further regions of Ukraine. Our trip to Czerkasy at the beginning of March brought the first results.

Psychological care for Dima

Psychological care for Dima

In February, during the Maidan protests, Dima was wounded by a grenade explosion; the explosion ruptured his eardrums, and shrapnel became embedded in his legs.

Gifts for the ukrainian armed forces

Gifts for the ukrainian armed forces

For the purposes of the Ukrainian armed forces, guarding the eastern border, we have provided uniforms and means of life protection.

TVP Warszawa plays alongside us!

TVP Warszawa plays alongside us!

TVP Warszawa reported on a city game organised by the Foundation for Ukraine through its news bulletin. The event involved over 40 people. The first to finish was a team of two from Łódź. Funds in aid of Ukraine were raised during the game.

Help Ukraine by visiting Warsaw!

Help Ukraine by visiting Warsaw!

On 9 March, 2014, an unusual event, organised by the Open Dialog Foundation, was held on the streets of Warsaw. All those who wished to express their support for Ukraine, participated in the urban game ‘Play for Ukraine!’.

Polsat News on the city game

Polsat News on the city game

Ewelina Trześniewska and Krzysztof Bukowski spoke on Polsat News about the city game organised to support Ukraine, by the Open Dialog Foundation.

The West should not lose the battle of determination to Putin

The West should not lose the battle of determination to Putin

The Russian Federation has blatantly violated the law and international agreements by committing an unprovoked aggression on the territory of Ukraine. The violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state must cause a strong response from the European Union and the Western world.

Solidarity with the EuroMaidan

Solidarity with the EuroMaidan

Frost and wind did not discourage Warsaw residents, as well as residents of other cities in Poland, from participating in a demonstration of support for the Ukrainians, who have been protesting on the EuroMaidan since November, 2013.

Wp.pl on the humanitarian aid for Ukraine

Wp.pl on the humanitarian aid for Ukraine

The internet service Wirtualna Polska has published a list of activities in support of Ukraine, informing, among other things, about the fund raising conducted by the Open Dialog Foundation.

Medicaments-raiser for Euromaidan

Medicaments-raiser for Euromaidan

We have ceased collecting medicaments and first aid supplies for the Kiev EuroMaidan. Health issues faced by the Kiev protesters are but a grim touch of everyday reality.

Onet: The Open Dialogue Foundation helps injured doctors on EuroMaidan

Onet: The Open Dialogue Foundation helps injured doctors on EuroMaidan

“Berkut – the Ukrainian militia units, adds another dark chapter to its history, with their goals becoming doctors. “The protagonist of Onet reporters, who are in Ukraine, has been the victim of Berkut’s attack. In a video report he tells us that the gunshot fired at him is the one to shoot to anima

Report on Euromaidan

Report on Euromaidan

The point of no return for Ukraine: failure to sign the agreement with the EU and oppression of civil protesters and journalists discredited Ukrainian authorities

About human rights in the Senate

About human rights in the Senate

Human rights and the issue of their observance have become the subject of the conference, which was held in the Senate on 16 December, 2013.

The conference about human rights in the Senate

The conference about human rights in the Senate

Human rights and the issue of their observance have become the subject of the conference, which was held in the Senate on 16 December, 2013. The conference was organised by the Legislative Committee and the Human Rights, the Rule of Law and Petitions Committee.