PGO sends 12 memoranda on Crimea and Donbas to International Criminal Court

PGO sends 12 memoranda on Crimea and Donbas to International Criminal Court

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Over the course of Russia’s armed aggression, the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has sent 12 memoranda to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court over large-scale global violations of international humanitarian law, grave war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

“It should be emphasized that since such crimes had not been committed in the territory of Ukraine until 2014, there was neither investigative nor judicial practice of probing into and considering them. Therefore, for example, the Prosecutor's Office of Crimea developed the methodology and single approach to investigation. We currently systematize and develop a unified strategy across Ukraine to coordinate the activity of prosecutor’s offices, law enforcement agencies and other government agencies, as well as the non-governmental sector,” Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Hiunduz Mamedov told an Ukrinform correspondent in The Hague.

Following the meeting with Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda, Mamedov stressed that the Prosecutor's Office of Crimea alone had established numerous human rights violations since February 2014 - from murders to use of civilians during the seizure of military units and facilities.

As for the events in Donbas, the Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine said, a certain legal assessment was given in the ICC. In particular, the documents of analytical nature on the correspondence of crimes committed in Ukraine by senior officials of the Russian Federation and armed groups of the so-called “DPR” and “LPR” were submitted. That referred to shelling of civilian infrastructure facilities, killing and torture of servicepersons and civilians, crimes against children.

The Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine has been actively cooperating with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court since 2016.

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