Send Letter eng
Other war crimes

The UN General Assembly recalled the murder of 16-year-old Tihran Ohannisian

The murder of Ukrainian teenager Tihran Ohannisian by Russians was recalled at the UN General Assembly in New York. During his speech, Dmytro Lubinets, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, said that he had spoken with the deceased boy’s mother just before his flight to the United States.

“She asked me to tell you their story. The family lived in the Ukrainian city of Berdiansk, and after the occupation, the Russians accused the boy of terrorism. He was interrogated and tortured. When the situation became known, the European Parliament demanded his release. But the Russians did not let Tigran go. They killed him. And now the mother cannot take her son’s body. This example demonstrates what happens to Ukrainian children in the occupied part of Ukraine. And we, the civilized democratic world, have to act,” said Dmytro Lubinets.

He also emphasized that Russia continues to deport Ukrainian children. “The number of verified deported Ukrainian children currently reaches 20 thousand. However, according to Russian open sources, this number may reach 700 thousand. We do not have a list of these children. We don’t know where their parents are or what their conditions are. And most importantly – how to return these children home,” the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights emphasized.

As a reminder, two teenagers from the occupied Berdiansk, Tihran Ohannisian and Mykyta Khanhanov, were killed by Russians on June 24, 2023. Since September 2022, the occupation authorities have persecuted minors and their families. Tihran was abducted from his home, tortured, and abused for five days. He was not allowed to leave the occupied territory. The so-called investigators charged the teenagers with preparing a sabotage and planned to bring the case to court.

In June, the European Parliament adopted a resolution demanding an end to the persecution of Ukrainian teenagers. The document demanded that the Russian Federation, in particular, allow the children to leave for the territory controlled by Ukraine. They also called on the International Committee of the Red Cross to facilitate the safe movement of schoolchildren. But Russia ignored all the demands. The circumstances of the teenagers’ deaths are still unknown. The Media Initiative for Human Rights does not exclude that the occupation investigation could have intimidated the boys to provoke their escape and armed detention, and assumes that the boys were killed intentionally.


Leave a comment

Your e-mail address will not be published. Mandatory fields are marked *

Similar posts
More articles
Our social media
Relevant publications
More articles
War and justice
We call on the Verkhovna Rada not to adopt draft law № 7033-d, which limits access to court decisions

On May 2, 2024, the Parliamentary Legal Committee reviewed and endorsed draft law No. 7033-д for parliamentary consideration. This draft law limits access to information and decisions within the register of court decisions, which hold substantial public interest and are crucial for public oversight of law enforcement activities. The proposed changes undermine the principles of a democratic society and contradict Ukraine’s commitments to European integration.

16 May 2024

38 thousand missing Ukrainians: how to find and identify people

More than fifty diplomats took part in a special OSCE event, where the Media Initiative for Human Rights, for the first time since the beginning of Russia's war against Ukraine, raised the issue of missing Ukrainians. Apart from the MIHR and delegations of OSCE participating states, the discussion was attended by relatives of missing persons, the Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War, and the International Commission on Missing Persons.

16 May 2024

Prisoners of war
57th Brigade Soldiers Missing in Action: Heavy Combat, Death, Captivity, and the Search

On the very first day of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the entire territory of the Luhansk region became a battlefield. At that time, the soldiers of the 57th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade, named after the Kish Otaman Kost Hordiienko, were stationed in the area of Triokhizbenka. A significant number of the brigade's soldiers were captured during that period, and most of them are still held by the Russians, with some considered missing in action. Since then, many families of the 57th Brigade soldiers have been struggling to find and bring back their loved ones. On the second anniversary of the fierce battles for the towns of Novotoshkivka and Toshkivka in Luhansk, MIHR tells the stories of several soldiers of this brigade who are missing in action.

10 May 2024

More articles