In this episode of The Source, we speak with Yurii Sheliazhenko, Executive Secretary of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement, about why Ukrainian intelligence under President Volodymyr Zelenskyy raided his home and accused him of “justifying Russian aggression,” even though Yurii believes the Russian war against Ukraine is a crime against humanity. Yurii is currently under house arrest and facing the possibility of 5 years in prison. We also examine the state of the peace movement and media in Ukraine and whether voices advocating for a ceasefire and de-escalation are given a platform. We also inquire about how the Ukrainian population is reacting to the martial law imposed by Zelenskyy, which prohibits men between the ages of 18 and 60 from leaving the country. Furthermore we check the truthfulness of an article in The Guardian newspaper, which reports that Ukrainian mobilization officers roam the streets and load men into vans to send them to recruiting offices. Finally, we explore the question of why the Western media, particularly in Germany, continue to underreport such cases of human rights abuses in Ukraine.
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Yurii is the Executive Secretary of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement, board member at the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection, and at the World BEYOND War. Furthermore, he was lecturer and research associate at the Faculty of Law, KROK University in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he defended his PhD dissertation in law in December 2021. He also obtained master’s degree in law in 2016 as well as a master’s degree in Mediation and Conflict Management in 2021. Yurii authored tens of scholarly articles, taught courses in constitutional and human rights, comparative and international law, legal theory and history. Also, he is public intellectual, blogger, and human rights defender.
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