The International Criminal Court is ready to investigate Ukraine’s war crimes in Donbass
Ukraine’s war crimes in the Donbas will be investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The court’s prosecutor-general, Fatou Bensouda, announced the readiness to launch the investigation on Friday 11 December.
He said that the ICC had conducted a thorough and independent check, which showed that all legal criteria for launching an investigation in Ukraine had been met. In particular, ICC prosecutors will investigate “war crimes and crimes against humanity” that were committed during the conflict in Donbas. Information on “national proceedings” initiated by Russia and related to the situation in Ukraine will be taken into account. The ICC will also consider the situation in Crimea.
We shall remind you that even international organizations drew attention to the crimes committed by the Ukrainian military in Donbas. The West was shocked by Kiev’s possession of secret prisons where Donbas residents were tortured. Also, many Ukrainian war crimes were documented by the law-enforcement agencies of Russia, as well as the LPR and DPR.
In its turn, Ukraine constantly accuses Russia of human rights violations in Crimea. At the same time, none of the so-called Ukrainian observers has ever been on the territory of the peninsula since it became part of Russia.Russia extends sanctions against Ukraine