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  • Ukraine activist Kateryna Handzyuk dies from acid attack

    Campaigner’s death sparks protests and EU concern about violence against civil society

    A Ukrainian anti-corruption activist has died from wounds caused by an acid attack, sparking local protests and concern from European officials over growing violence against civil society.

    Kateryna Handzyuk’s investigations into police graft and political corruption in her native Kherson, a Black Sea port, had angered local officials. In late July, a man doused her with a litre of sulphuric acid when she left her house.

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  • Russia announces sanctions against senior Ukraine figures

    Moscow move affecting 322 people comes after Ukraine targeted Russian officials and businesses earlier this year

    Russia has announced sanctions against senior Ukrainian officials as well as business and cultural figures, including the former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the frontrunner for Ukraine’s 2019 presidential elections.

    The Russian measures were presented as counter-sanctions after Ukraine targeted Russian officials and businesses earlier this year. The conflict goes back to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its backing for separatists in south-east Ukraine.

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  • EU rebukes Putin with human rights prize to jailed Ukrainian film-maker

    European parliament gives award to Oleg Sentsov, who has been described by Vladimir Putin as a terrorist

    A Crimean dissident sentenced to 20 years in Russian prison has been awarded the European parliament’s prestigious Sakharov prize in a sharp criticism of Russia’s human rights record likely to provoke anger from the Kremlin.

    Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian film-maker vocally opposed to Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, was convicted on terrorism charges in 2015 and sentenced to two decades in prison.

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