"We decided that we would not be submitting new claims. We will be submitting additions to the already existing suits on human rights violations in Crimea and Donbas," Lischyna told reporters.
According to the Ukrainian government official, this is because Russia is expected to begin to exploit the fact that a large number of cases has been filed and try to dictate its terms in the order of their consideration.
Lishchyna stressed that in order to avoid this situation, Ukraine has appealed to the ECHR to have "all cases concerning Crimea merged into a single one, and all those concerning Donbass – in another," adding that the court is now considering the issue.
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Read alsoCrimean Tatar Mejlis suing Russia in ECHRAccording to the Minister, other cases are related to the chronological events involving mass violations of human rights in the territory of Donbas. He said that "tens of thousands of documents have been accumulated in these cases."