Starting March 10, 2022 the team of Maidan Monitoring Information Center documents Russian war crimes in Kharkiv city and region. We focus on destruction of Ukrainian civil infrastructure by the Russian munition.
We are making photos and videos while helping the Ukrainian state investigators to document Russian war crimes in Ukraine as a part of pretrial criminal investigation.
We do not publish the majority of photos and videos we make for security reasons.
How it started
The project was launched as a result of a personal experience of a Secretary of our organization Serhii Petrov, read more – Countering Russian aggression with a camera and continued by our Chair Nataliya Zubar, read more Ukrainian Woman Has Footage She Hopes Will Be Used In War Crime Trials
Later other members of our organization and partners joined our team.
May 20, 2023, Prosecutor General of Ukraine filed a criminal indictment for war of aggression against Lieutenant General Andrii Ruzynskyi, Commander of the 11th Army Corps of the Baltic Fleet of the Western Military District of the Russian Armed Forces. Between March and July, 2022, Ruzynskyi served as the Commander of the Russian military unit “Balakliya” and ordered Russian troops under his command to break through Ukraine’s sovereign border for the purpose of initiating the full-scale invasion, capture and occupation of the Kharkiv region.
Members of Maidan Monitoring Information Center team participated as involved specialists in the investigative and procedural actions of gathering evidence and in further analytical work on the processing of materials that formed the basis of this criminal proceeding, which is being investigated by investigators of the Security Service of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region.
We produce analytical reports based on the results of our work.
- First summary of monitoring the destruction of civil infrastructure in Kharkiv by Russian bombing and shelling. (Analysis of targets)
- The Destruction of Hospitals in Kharkiv by Russia’s Shelling and Air Strikes
- The Destruction of Schools in Kharkiv and the Kharkiv Region by Russian Shelling and Air Strikes
- Acoustic terror of the Russian Federation
- Humanitarian disaster in Izyum
- What does it mean to live in Piatykhatky during the war
We are publishing detailed info on documented crimes you can look for them here.
The notice contains a brief systematic description of the pretrial investigation in criminal proceedings carried out in accordance with the legislation of Ukraine, the definitions of the main terms, rights and obligations of the parties, as well as the assignment of functions between the investigator and the prosecutor.
Since March 29, 2022, we have been helped by our long-term partners – the Czech NGO Team 4 Ukraine. Czech criminologists, analysts, photographers and journalists help us. It was they who convinced the Czech Criminology Society to donate us the Autel drone, it was they who donated us the first car during the life of our organization. Together with them, we are working on documenting the long-term consequences of the war in Ukraine for culture and nature.
Together with them, we are preparing the tenth edition of our photo exhibition “Fracture” for demonstration in the European Parliament in late August – early September 2023.
We have been organising photo exhibitions using a tiny amount of impressive photos we make.
Visit the exhibition startpage FRACTURE. Documents from Kharkiv
You can see select videos on our channel:
Meet our team
Media coverage of our work
- AKTUALNE.CZ :: Rusové ve školách hrozili dětem, že přijdou o rodiče
- Britské Listy :: Rozhovor Britských listů 619. Ukrajina – v dnešní době
- CeskaTelevize :: Z vozovny tramvajový hřbitov. Charkovské depo s českými vozy zasáhly stovky ruských raket
- Ceske Noviny :: Kriminolog: Fronta na Ukrajině se posouvá, zločiny je třeba monitorovat ihned
- CHARTER97 :: Наталья Зубар: Украинская артиллерия под Харьковом разбивает российскую технику
- McCAIN INSTITUTE :: Meet The People Helping Prosecute War Crimes in Ukraine
- NEW EASTERN EUROPE :: A fortress in the east. Notes from Kharkiv in September 2022
- NEWSY :: Ukrainian Woman Has Footage She Hopes Will Be Used In War Crime Trials
- RTS :: Près de Kharkiv, une femme documente chaque jour les bombardements
- SCRIPPS NEWS :: Citizen war crimes investigator in Ukraine risks life for justice
- Seznam Zpravy :: Ruští velitelé jsou devianti, říká Čech, který byl svědkem exhumace v Izjumu English translation – Russian commanders are deviants, says a Czech criminologist who witnessed the bodies exhumation in Izyum
- THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR :: Amid war, Kharkiv residents repair city and plan its restoration
- THE ECONOMIST :: Despite a ferocious bombardment, Kharkiv has held out
- THE SUNDAY POST :: War in Ukraine: In the rubble and ruins, nothing is untouched in the villages Russian troops left behind
- TOKYO SHIMBUN :: Schools and shopping malls are debris … Kharkov citizens’ groups in Ukraine shoot videos and collect evidence of war crimes
- UNHERD :: The demolition of Kharkiv, by David Patrikarakos
- WIKIPEDIA SIGNPOST :: Countering Russian aggression with a camera
- ВЕЛИКА ІСТОРІЯ:: «Це свідчення для суду». Як харків’яни стають на захист своїх пам’яток
- НВ :: Не лише музей Сковороди. Як росіяни воюють із культурною спадщиною у Харківській області
- СПЕКТР :: «Бьют тех, кто системно оказывает сопротивление». Как Харьков под обстрелами российской армии живет, наводит порядок и готовится к будущим трибуналам
- KHARKIV TODAY :: Харківські документатори допомагають слідству запроторити Путіна до в’язниці
- MediaPort :: «Розбитий будинок не бреше, вирва не бреше»
- Наталія Зубар: Документування воєнних злочинів — це марафон, а не спринт
Who supports this project
Since April 2023, this project has been supported only by private donations. Every contribution is important to us and we are always short of money, click to see how you can support us.
Starting July 2022 until April 2023 this project have funded by Crown Agents International Development.
We express our deepest gratitude to the European Union and the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation for supporting this project during the initial stage (March – June, 2022).
This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Maidan Monitoring Information Center and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.