Kyiv Lviv Kharkiv Odesa
June 1
01:00 PM
ODESASerhiy Gotko, director of the department for civil protection, defense and cooperation with law enforcement of the Odesa regional military administration (in person);

Topics of focus: 

– On measures to prevent and combat massive fires of forests, peatlands and agricultural lands in the summer fire hazardous period of 2023;
02:00 PMODESAPanel discussion “The jury trial in Ukraine and judicial reform. About the legacy of Andriy Portnov”


Mykhaylo Baimuratov,
doctor of law, professor, member of the scientific advisory council at the Constitutional court of Ukraine (in person); 

Andriy Perov,
attorney, PhD in law (in person);

Valery Sudakov,
attorney (in person);

Moderator: Leonid Shtekel,
editor-in-chief of Odesa Daily (in person)

Why it is interesting: 

– Why is the revival/creation of a jury trial in Ukraine relevant today?

– Jury trials in russia and the USSR;

– Proto-trial by jury in the current criminal procedure legislation of Ukraine, problems of justice and fairness;

– What judicial system can be a fair and effective alternative to a jury trial
12:30 РMKYIV– Onysiia Syniuk – legal analyst at ZMINA Center for Human Rights;

– Valentyna Potapova – Head for National Advocacy in Education at Almenda Civic Education Center;

– Kseniia Korniienko – lawyer at the Regional Center for Human Rights:

– Anastasiia Pantelieieva – Head of the Documentation Department at the Media Initiative for Human Rights;

– Ievgeniia Kapalkina – lawyer at Ukrainian Legal Advisory Group.

In-person attendance of all participants.
Press conference entitled: “Ukrainian children under Russian control: how to protect their rights and future?”

Topics of focus:

– What is the current situation of children being displaced? How can we protect the future of children in the occupied territories, as well as those who have been forcibly transferred outside Ukraine by the Russians?
– Who and how can save Tihran Ohannisian and Mykyta Khanganov, and why is it necessary to give this story wide publicity?
– Why are the “upbringing” and “educational” processes in the occupied territories nothing more than a tactic to destroy Ukrainian identity and have nothing to do with education or child-rearing?
– What is the international advocacy for the return of children deported by Russia significance and how to maintain a balance in covering the issue, taking into account possible risks?

Why is this interesting?

Ahead of International Children’s Day, Russia once again showed its genuine attitude towards children. On May 24, 2023, two teenagers, Tihran Ohannisian and Mykyta Khanganov, both born in 2006, were charged by Russia’s Investigative Committee in the temporarily occupied Berdiansk with allegedly preparing sabotage on the railway. They face arrest and a term of 10 to 20 years in prison.
The world recognizes Russia’s actions against Ukrainian children as a crime, as stated in the report of the OSCE Moscow Mechanism. The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Children’s Ombudsman Maria Lvova-Belova for the illegal transfer of Ukrainian children. Although the return of abducted children is the number one issue on the agenda of international advocacy by Ukrainian human rights activists, its solution rests on Russia’s unwillingness to return Ukrainian children.