Tribunal for investigating Kiev's crimes in Donbass created in Ukraine

15.03.2018, Lugansk.

Participants of a press-conference in Lugansk claimed that they are creating a people’s tribunal on investigating crimes of the Kiev’s regime in Donbass, the Lugansk Information Center reports on March 15.

They claimed to be the representatives of the initiative group for creation of the tribunal.

A representative of the initiative group, Elena Shishkina stressed, “All of us, starting from the so-called ATO [Kiev junta’s punitive operation in Donbass – note by Rossa Primavera News Agency] was launched, almost daily face the events which just recently everyone thought to be impossible in a civilized state 21st century. We speak about war crimes, shelling civilians, houses, kindergartens, schools, hospitals, death and injury of people every day, torture, robbery, banditry and many other crimes committed by the Ukrainian battalions in Donbass with direct participation, organization and support of the Ukrainian government.”

According to Elena Shishkina, lawyers and social activists starting from the very beginning of the so called ATO collected data on war crimes against civilians in Donbass.

Shishkina called Kiev’s adoption of the law “On reintegration of Donbass” the “boiling point” pushing them to create the tribunal; according to her, the law “does not bring peaceful goals and does not help in normalizing people’s lives living in the combat zone;” the law is also an attempt to legitimize war crimes committed.

Sergey Kozhemyakin, another representative of the initiative group, said that the law contradicts the Ukrainian constitution, but it is not possible to appeal it. He stressed, “We also applied to all judicial institutions of Ukraine with the claims regarding Poroshenko’s war crimes, but law-enforcement, as well as judicial systems of Ukraine, are now under manual control, that is why we did not manage to receive decent and just evaluation to these actions.”

The law “On reintegration of Donbass” was signed by the President of Ukraine Petr Poroshenko on February 20, 2018. The law calls Donetsk People’s Republic and Lugansk People’s Republic occupied territories, while Russia is called an aggressor.

A number of Russian officials stated that the law contradicts the Minsk agreements.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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