Schemes: Investigating Ukraine
Tuesday 6 December 2022
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.
October 30, 2022
After The Russian Withdrawal, Memories Of Resistance And Collaboration Linger In A Ukrainian Village
Some residents of Shevchenkove tell Schemes, the investigative unit of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, how they withstood torture and threats to resist collaboration with the Russian forces occupying their village in Ukraine's Kharkiv region. Others describe what compelled them to cooperate.
September 30, 2022
Russian Oligarch Avoids Sanctions Despite Apparent Ties To Nuclear Weapons Industry
An investigation by RFE/RL journalists shows connections between the metallurgical empire of Vladimir Lisin, one of Russia's richest oligarchs, and Russia's military industries. Unlike many of Russia's politically connected industrialists, Lisin and his companies have mostly avoided sanctions.
September 09, 2022
How Russian Oil Evades EU Sanctions And Lands In European Ports
An RFE/RL investigation exposes how Russian oil or oil products are evading sanctions and arriving in the European Union. Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Russian ships are barred from docking at EU ports. So how do these shipments end up there?
September 07, 2022
'Cut Off One Of Their Ears': In New Investigation, A Russian Soldier Describes Atrocities In Ukraine
In recorded calls obtained by Schemes, a Russian soldier described an assault on a village in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region in grisly detail. The investigative unit of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service then reached the soldier himself, obtaining a denial -- and further evidence of possible war crimes.
August 27, 2022
Satellite Images Pinpoint Fires Near Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant In Ukraine
Amid global concerns about the safety of a Russian-controlled nuclear power plant in Ukraine, satellite images obtained by the investigative unit of RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service, Schemes, show plumes of smoke over a nearby thermal plant and a forest.
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.