Investigating sexual violence as war crimes — "He Came Back"
Our War Crimes Investigations Unit released its new documentary, “He Came Back”. The film is about two cases of sexual violence committed by Russian soldiers during the occupation of Kherson and Kyiv oblasts in 2022 — and the process of identifying the offenders. Watch it on our YouTube channel.
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Ukrainian first responders work at the site of a Russian missile attack on a publishing factory in Kharkiv, Ukraine on May 23, 2024. The destroyed books are seen shattered on the ground. (Francis Farrell/The Kyiv Independent)
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Russian forces launched missile attacks against Kharkiv Oblast overnight on May 25, damaging an educational institution, regional authorities reported.

At around 1:oo a.m. local time, Russian forces launched four missile attacks against the region. The Kharkiv regional prosecutor's office reported that S-300 ballistic missiles were deployed.

No casualties were reported.

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov announced that an educational institution in the Slobidskyi district was completely destroyed. At least 31 private cars, several nearby residential buildings, and a supermarket were also damaged.

Russia launched a new offensive on May 10 in northern Kharkiv Oblast with a reported 30,000 troops. According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, Moscow's forces had managed to advance as far as 10 kilometers (6 miles) in the region but had been halted by the first line of defense.

Russian forces regularly conduct ground shelling and aerial attacks against population centers in Kharkiv Oblast. Local Ukrainian authorities have also reported instances of civilian executions at the hands of Russian troops.

Russia’s latest offensive into Kharkiv Oblast is stretching Ukrainian defenses
Russia’s two-pronged assault in Kharkiv Oblast that began on May 10 is exploiting Ukraine’s troop shortage, forcing it to make difficult decisions about where to commit reserves. Two weeks into the offensive, one group of Russian forces is already fighting in the streets of the town of Vovchansk
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