Christopher Miller · @ChristopherJM 🚶 91,496 🚶
Correspondent covering Ukraine, Russia, Belarus for @RFERL. Bylines @POLITICOEurope @guardian @vicenews @CNN @TheTimes @TheAtlantic millerjchristopher@gmail.com
Photos from the scene and local reports suggest a gas explosion. Photos show broken glass and large smoke plume. https://twitter.com/liveuamap/status/1140002056184434688?s=21
Local reports place the source of the boom (explosion?) around the circus area and Victory Square. https://twitter.com/christopherjm/status/1139994236785496064
Huge boom just echoed across central Kyiv. Lots of folks — including me — wondering what just happened. Anyone? https://twitter.com/kinvshchuk/status/1139992150941323269
In which President Zelesnkiy, on a working trip to eastern Mariupol, partakes in the Ukrainian summertime tradition of running through fountains. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEmthwIESXA
Eastern Ukraine is one of the most mined areas in the world, according to the UN. Mines and UXOs are particularly concerning in summertime, when people are more mobile and children are out of school. This is a good initiative. https://twitter.com/iuliiamendel/status/1139889586010824704
RT @bellingcat: Our new report identifying more of the individuals involved with the downing of MH17 will be released next week, and runs t…
On visit to Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Zelenskiy talks investment in the war-torn Donbas region. https://twitter.com/IuliiaMendel/status/1139849951423475713
Russia started handing out Russian passports to Ukrainians from separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine this week, a move condemned by Kyiv as "legally void." https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-begins-handing-out-passports-to-ukrainians-from-conflict-zone/30000146.html
RT @kevinRothrock: “I knew I could be sentenced to 15 to 20 years, but I didn’t let the idea into my head, and I didn’t try to figure out h…
My favorite Ukrainian thing of today, if not the year, was this: a man cooling off in the water pouring out of a tractor that was watering a roadside tree on this sweltering evening. The man then thanked the tractor driver.
The SBU says Lyagin had been detained as a result of a special operation that brought him to Ukraine from Crimea. It didn’t provide more details. Did they set a trap, lure him in? Or nab him on the peninsula? https://twitter.com/christopherjm/status/1139557886684794881
RT @sgutterman: The Week In Russia: One Step Forward, At Least 530 Steps Back https://www.rferl.org/a/the-week-in-russia-one-step-forward-at-least-530-steps-back/29999771.html
This is interesting. I’m seeing some journalists are saying they’ll leave the channel. Another blow to Ukraine’s media landscape. cc @pressfreedom @RSF_en https://twitter.com/ukraine_world/status/1139556129380474880
"It's time to pay," says Ukrainian Prosecutor General Lutsenko. More on Lyagin's detention here: https://www.rferl.org/a/its-time-to-pay-ukraine-detains-donetsk-separatist-referendum-organizer/29999840.html
RT @AricToler: For an idea of how stupid powerful http://FindClone.ru is, I was watching some old video of thugs attacking a Kyiv Pride…
RT @RikardJozwiak: the draft statement for the EU-#Ukraine summit (8 July) mentions Ukraine's European aspirations and condemns #Russia ove…
RT @RFERL: #BREAKING: Moldova's Democratic Party says its government led by Prime Minister Pavel Filip is resigning.
RT @nicupopescu: it's all true :) ON JUNE 8TH Nicu Popescu was on his way to a party in London. When the train entered the Channel Tunnel…
RT @fabrice_deprez: Something to watch as Zelensky talked of prisoner exchanges between Ukraine and Russia: a court in Crimea just freed th…
Watch this space: Investigators to present latest findings on downing of MH17 next week. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-mh17/investigators-to-present-latest-findings-on-downing-of-mh17-idUSKCN1TF1A1
Zelenskiy will make another visit to eastern Ukraine tomorrow. This time he'll be in Mariupol, where he's expected to meet local organizations along with Interior Minister Avakov.
RT @Hromadske: Andriy Gerus, the representative of #Ukraine's President Volodymyr @ZelenskyyUa in the Cabinet of Ministers, announced the P…
Oh wow. Ukraine DOES in fact have Roman Lyagin, organizer of the 2014 Donetsk separatist "independence" referendum, in custody. Below tweet is from the spokesperson for Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko. https://twitter.com/SarganLarysa/status/1139506503285694464
RT @yarotrof: Belarus, long shunned as Europe’s last dictatorship, is finding new friends as great-power rivalry between the West, Russia a…
5 yrs ago today, Russia-backed forces shot down Ukrainian IL-76, killing 49 troops. Up to that point in the war, it marked the largest loss of life in a single incident. MH17 would be shot down a month later. Zelenskiy paid respects today to troops killed. https://mashable.com/2014/06/14/ukraine-rebels-shoot-plane/
5 yrs ago today, Russia-backed forces shot down Ukrainian IL-76, killing 49 troops. Up to that point in the war, it marked the largest loss of life in a single incident. MH17 would be shot down 3 days later. Zelenskiy paid respects today to troops killed. https://mashable.com/2014/06/14/ukraine-rebels-shoot-plane/
Five civilians, including a child, wounded in shelling by Russia-backed forces today in Maryinka, eastern Ukraine. Photos show what's become a daily reality for people living on the front line of the war, now in its sixth year. 📸 via King Danylo 24th Separate Mechanized Brigade
RT @APHClarkson: I'm old enough to remember when British journalists laughed at drug tests for candidates as a typical electoral stunt by t…
"Chilling out with Azov guys" is an interesting way for this @KyivPost journalist to describe what I assume is a reporting trip with a far-right nationalist regiment with a documented history of serious human rights abuses, including torture. https://twitter.com/IAPonomarenko/status/1139483102286422016
RT @EliotHiggins: Looks like next week will be very busy for #MH17, Bellingcat has a major new report coming out, currently clocking in aro…
RT @niktwick: First bus tour from Donetsk to a village in the neighbouring Russian Rostov region to receive Russian passports happened toda…
RT @schfm: Pretty cool! Ukrainians like @MichaelShchur are increasingly showing their support for #KyivPride2019. These posters are in 8 ce…
This is the Friday content I wanted. https://twitter.com/Peter__Leonard/status/1139465221813231616
I can vouch for the food, which is *chef's kiss* And Farrukh Nurmatov, Halal Food's manager is a pleasant and funny dude who loves freedom and talking about freedom. https://twitter.com/Matthew_Kupfer/status/1139454976873369601
(That corrects a previous tweet now deleted.)
SOCIS poll shows Zelenskiy's Servant of the People party over 50% among Ukrainians determined to vote & decided. Party list voting determines 225 seats, the rest come from single-mandate constituencies. But this suggests a parliamentary majority possible. http://socis.kiev.ua/ua/2019-06/?fbclid=IwAR0r7P939n-CL9EPAcOMN_ov9NezhPTmmg-CNGN1DiBdNCbTpq-lIuh6iCY#gallery-1
SOCIS is the first pollster to show @ZelenskyyUa's Servant of the People party over 50% among Ukrainians who are determined to vote and have made their choice. That would give him a parliamentary majority. http://socis.kiev.ua/ua/2019-06/?fbclid=IwAR0r7P939n-CL9EPAcOMN_ov9NezhPTmmg-CNGN1DiBdNCbTpq-lIuh6iCY#gallery-1
RT @polinaivanovva: Jets used for corporate travel by Russian state-owned oil major Rosneft flew at least 13 times to Mallorca, Ibiza, Sard…
RT @lauraphylmills: Galina used to collect her pension at a local bank. Now she leaves at 6am, takes two buses, walks 4km--sometimes she fa…
Short but important thread highlighting yet again the harsh conditions Ukrainian pensioners must endure and the arduous journey they must make regularly across the front line of the simmering war in Donbas. https://twitter.com/Rachel_Denber/status/1139411838053933056
Fun @berdynskykh_k story on Ukrainian politicians dieting & hitting the gym to look "modern & attractive" in election year. Includes lines like this: "The amount of Ukrainian politicians are becoming smaller & smaller. So far, only in a figurative sense." https://nv.ua/ukraine/politics/eksklyuziv-nv-kak-zelenskiy-podderzhivaet-formu-i-kak-ukrainskie-politiki-massovo-hudeyut-pered-vyborami-50026892.html
ICYMI: Misha's in the Ukrainian parliamentary mix. https://www.rferl.org/a/saakashvili-party-colleagues-to-run-in-ukraine-s-parliamentary-elections/29998101.html
RT @SpecRepUkraine: Great discussion today with @AmbJohnBolton about working with Ukraine’s @ZelenskyyUa to push for peace in eastern Ukrai…
RT @ChristopherJM: Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich heaps praise on @HBO's Chernobyl series, which impressed her especially because @clma…
RT @niktwick: Apropos of nothing, Russian blogger Semyon Pegov aka War Gonzo says the first 30 Russian passports for people from the "Peopl…
RT @clmazin: This is the best review #ChernobylHBO could have ever hoped to receive. I drew historical fact and scientific information from…
Vyatrovych is a nationalistic and highly controversial figure. In his announcement, he says he's joining Poroshenko's ticket because of a "threat of revenge" from forces he deems to be pro-Russian (read: Zelenskiy) and wants to ensure that "changes in Ukraine will be Ukrainian." https://twitter.com/fabrice_deprez/status/1139186962412331009
A case in separatist Donetsk: Man argues with a fighter, gets beaten, faints, awakes handcuffed to a fence. "They then threatened to kill him. He was released after signing documents which he was not allowed to read." https://www.rferl.org/a/more-than-500-torture-cases-documented-by-un-in-ukraine-conflict/29997804.html
The UN mission's head said the organization is aware of at least 51 detention facilities on both sides of the front line in eastern Ukraine where hundreds of people were subjected to arbitrary detention, torture, and ill-treatment.
Today, @UNHumanRightsUA said it had documented 500+ cases of ill-treatment, incommunicado detention, and torture by both Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists since the conflict erupted in April 2014. https://www.rferl.org/a/more-than-500-torture-cases-documented-by-un-in-ukraine-conflict/29997804.html
One case: Security Service of Ukraine detains & tortures a foreign man, forces him to go to Moldova, says, "If you return, we will kill you. If you talk about what happened to you, remember that you have a family in Ukraine." https://www.rferl.org/a/more-than-500-torture-cases-documented-by-un-in-ukraine-conflict/29997804.html
 
 
 
 
 
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