Ukraine to lodge fourth interstate application against Russia with ECHR

13:46, 12 August 2015
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Ukraine has already prepared a fourth interstate application against Russia to be lodged with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Ukrainian First Deputy Justice Minister Natalia Sevostianova told Ukrainian Channel 5.

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"Ukraine has drawn up its fourth application against Russia. The European Court has got 16 interstate applications in total [in its history]. Georgia alone has filed three lawsuits against Russia. The first application submitted by Ukraine already mentioned Donbas [in addition to Crimea]," Sevostianova said.

She said that Ukraine had prepared several applications, as the ECHR itself had decided to start considering the first application against the Russian Federation.

"We have drawn up a lawsuit as a chronology of war, starting from March 13 [three days prior to the illegitimate referendum in Crimea, which was orchestrated by Russia] to September last year. Then, the European Court suggested starting with the consideration of the first application, and all further accusations should be documented in new applications. The Russian Federation asked for the extension of the deadline for the consideration of the two applications, which were communicated to the Russian Federation with a number of questions in March [2015]," Sevostianova said.

Russia's new deadline for providing its position regarding the two applications is set for September 25, she added.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine will bring its fourth interstate application against Russia before the ECHR in the near future.

"I'd like to announce that Ukraine is going to file its fourth interstate application against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights. A total of 16 applications have been filed over the whole period of the ECHR's work," Ukrainian Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko said at a roundtable meeting in Kyiv earlier this month.

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