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Maria Klymyk


She studied at Lviv Polytechnic National University. She used to work in the field of advertising, was engaged in copywriting.

In April 2022, she joined the MIHR team. She collects and documents information about war crimes committed by the Russian Federation in Ukraine, forms databases of MIHR.

In her spare time, she studies the art of photography and builds her own library, reading everything she can get her hands on.

Author's articles
Prisoners of war
A marine from the 501st Battalion. The story of Oleksiy Shevchenko, who is being denied medical assistance while in captivity

Oleksiy Shevchenko is a combat medic. On 4 April 2022, while in Mariupol at the Illich Plant, he was taken prisoner of war. MIHR spoke with his sister Kateryna, who is fighting for her brother’s release. She says that Oleksiy suffers from asthma but is not receiving proper medical care while in captivity.

29 March 2024

Enforced disappearances
Terrorism and attempted arson of a person: what the Russians accuse Kostiantyn Zinovkin from Melitopol of and where he is held

The Russians occupied Melitopol in the first days of the full-scale invasion. They immediately seized the administrative buildings and started dispersing pro-Ukrainian protests with weapons, abducting local residents and holding them hostage. Kostiantyn Zinovkin, who stayed in Melitopol to care for his mother and grandmother, was not spared either.

12 February 2024

They carved the “Z” on their cheeks, starved and tortured them to death: how Ukrainian captives are being exterminated in the Tula colony

One of the most brutal Russian colonies, where Ukrainian military prisoners and civilians are held, is located in the town of Donskoy in the Tula region. MIHR has documented testimonies of several victims who were continuously beaten, tortured, and driven to insanity there.

8 February 2024

Enforced disappearances
“Spotter from Chornobaivka”: how Maksym Bilychuk survived kidnapping, seven months of captivity, torture, and at last appeared in the territory controlled by Ukraine

Maksym Bilychuk is a thirty-year-old resident of Chornobaivka, the strategically important village near Kherson, where the airfield is located. He had neither military nor volunteer experience before a full-scale invasion. He spent the first month and a half of the Great War in the basement with his nephew, wife and neighbors.

30 November 2023

War Crime in Olenivka: Investigation into the Events Related to the Massacre of Imprisoned Azov Regiment Soldiers

A year ago, on the night of July 28-29, several explosions occurred in Volnovakha penal colony No. 120, known as Olenivska. A fire broke out in a barracks housing 193 Azov prisoners. About 50 soldiers were killed and more than 70 others were seriously injured. The Media Initiative for Human Rights is conducting its own investigation into the crime. This time, we are recreating the events of July 28-29, 2022 in detail.

26 July 2023

Prisoners of war
Crime scene — Kursk: what happens to Ukrainians in the most notorious Russian POW facility

“The worst thing at every pretrial detention center is admission. I was brought to Kursk Pretrial Detention […]

5 May 2023

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