Ukraine to create website about Russia's armed aggression in Donbas, Crimea

Ukraine to create website about Russia's armed aggression in Donbas, Crimea

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Ukraine will create the first website to collect documented facts about crimes committed in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

A respective memorandum of cooperation was signed by the Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the Prosecutor General's Office, the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, the International Renaissance Foundation and the Prometheus Security Environment Research Center, the press service of the President's Office reported.

"On the instruction of the President of Ukraine and with a view to restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine, de-occupation and reintegration of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, the mission's team is working systematically to implement policies and principles of transitional justice. Everyone's right to know the truth about the occupation of Crimea is, of course, an important and obligatory element of our work in this area," said Anton Korynevych, the President's Permanent Representative to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

It is expected that the portal will contain a variety of information, including eyewitness testimony, archival sources, media reports, decisions and resolutions of international organizations, photos and videos.

"Initially, these will be the first 30 stories about crimes committed in the temporarily occupied territory: human rights, war crimes, ecology, economy, etc. The system will work with a convenient search: by persons, by places, by time," said Anton Drobovych, head of the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance.

According to the report, the key requirement for the whole project is reliability, objectivity and reliance on official data. In particular, the portal will be based on the results of the work of the Department for Supervision in Criminal Proceedings on Crimes Committed in Armed Conflict, the Prosecutor General's Office, facts and evidence documented by non-governmental organizations.

Deputy Prosecutor General Gyunduz Mamedov recalled that since 2014, Ukraine's law enforcement agencies and prosecutors have been recording and investigating crimes committed in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. According to him, these are more than 20,000 criminal offenses, including war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"The e-platform will contain data in Ukrainian and English on key events and facts regarding the course of the international armed conflict, serious violations of the principles of international humanitarian law and human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea and Donbas. In particular, the portal will be based on the results of the Department for Supervision in Criminal Proceedings on Crimes Committed in Armed Conflict, the Prosecutor General's Office, the Donetsk and Luhansk Regional Prosecutor's Offices, the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as photos, videos, open-source data and testimony documented by non-governmental organizations," the press service of the Prosecutor's General Office quoted Mamedov as saying.

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