Schemes: Investigating Ukraine
Sunday 26 March 2023
March 19, 2023
Ukraine's Confiscation Of Russian Assets Stymied By Bureaucracy, Investigation Finds
While it scours the world for Russian assets to confiscate as compensation for war damages, Ukraine itself has confiscated the property of only four Russian tycoons and two state-owned Russian banks since May 2022.
March 05, 2023
Satellite Images Reveal How Russia's Invasion Has Devastated The Environment In Ukraine
From flooded villages to fire-ravaged farmland, satellite photos obtained by Schemes, the investigative unit of RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service, reveal the scope of the environmental damage from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – estimated at nearly $50 billion and counting.
February 22, 2023
Before And After Satellite Photos Reveal Devastation In Ukraine After Russia's Invasion
When Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, it not only triggered the biggest military conflict in Europe since World War II but also brought devastation to towns and cities across the country.
February 06, 2023
'Beaten Very Badly': Now In Legal Limbo, Ukrainian Inmates Freed When Russia Left Kherson Describe Life Under Occupation
For inmates at a Kherson jail, the city’s liberation also meant their liberation: Russian authorities freed them before retreating. Memories of alleged brutality and abuse during the more than eight-month occupation linger on.
January 03, 2023
How Ukraine's 'Great Reconstruction' Brought Great Rewards For A Company Linked To Dnipropetrovsk's Government And An FBI Fugitive
A company co-owned by a powerlifter who is linked to the governor of Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region and the business partner of an FBI fugitive received nearly $41 million in public funds for road repair, a journalistic investigation by Schemes found.
December 14, 2022
In Satellite Images Of Russian-Occupied Crimea, Experts Point To Potential Targets For Ukraine
A close examination of satellite images from Planet Labs displays the extent to which the occupied Crimean Peninsula has become a hub for Russia's military operations in Ukraine -- and a potential target for Kyiv's forces.
December 07, 2022
'They Called Him The Specialist': Ukrainian Man Tells Of Kherson Torturer
Serhiy Mak says he spent 25 days locked in the cellar of an office building in Kherson, southern Ukraine, where he was tortured by a Russian man nicknamed "The Specialist." Mak spoke to RFE/RL after Ukrainian forces liberated the city from Russian occupation.
December 05, 2022
Russian Soldier Says Commander Stabbed Ukrainian Woman To Death
A Russian commander stabbed an elderly Ukrainian woman to death during the retreat from Izyum, according to a soldier in his unit. Evidence of the alleged war crime first emerged from a phone intercept by Ukrainian intelligence.
December 01, 2022
Ukrainian Man Spends Months Digging Through Rubble To Find His Dead Friend
A Ukrainian man spent months digging through the wreckage of an apartment block to find the body of a close friend from his school days. Pavlo Holub lives in Izyum, and he carried out this work during the six-month Russian occupation of the town before it was liberated by Ukrainian forces.
November 30, 2022
On Eve Of Russian Invasion, Ukrainian Court Catered To Yanukovych's Interests, RFE/RL Investigation Finds
Irregularities marred a Kyiv court’s hearing of two lawsuits aimed at restoring ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s presidential title and status ahead of the Russian invasion in February, a Schemes investigation reveals.
November 11, 2022
Detained Ukrainian Industry 'Icon' Has Russian Citizenship, RFE/RL Investigation Finds
Now detained on suspicion of aiding Moscow in its aggression against Ukraine, the longtime head of a prominent Ukrainian aircraft engine maker is a Russian citizen, a Schemes investigation has found.
November 04, 2022
How Western Tech In Iranian Drones Is Helping Russia Wage War On Ukraine
A new Schemes investigation reveals the Western components inside the Iranian combat drones that Russia is deploying in its war against Ukraine, raising questions about how Tehran obtains this technology despite sanctions.
Schemes (Skhemy) is an award-winning investigative news project run by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service that focuses on exposing high-level corruption. It was created in the wake of the 2014 Maidan Revolution.