Ukraine submitting to ECHR evidence with timeline of Russian invasion in Crimea

18:30, 01 August 2017
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The Ukrainian government has submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) the testimony of some fifty witnesses and about a hundred video recordings as evidence of the illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation, Government Envoy for the ECHR Ivan Lishchyna has told TV Channel 5.

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In general, the Strasbourg-based ECHR is hearing five lawsuits against Russia, not only related to the illegal annexation of the peninsula, but also to the aggression in Donbas. The Ukrainian side will present to the court the evidence of Russia’s aggression in eastern Ukraine in two months, according to the official.

"For each video, we have either the testimony of the person who made the audio recording or was filmed. We made three separate graphs. One is related to the crossing of Russian troops [into Crimea]. We showed what military unit was entering, when it was deployed, where it settled... when it left. We also made a graph to show the seizure of Ukrainian infrastructure.We have data, a timeline for seizing or blocking Ukrainian military units. We even have data by hours and minutes, especially for late February - early March,"- said Lischyna.

Read alsoUkraine's envoy to Italy slams Italian ambassador to Russia for statement on CrimeaUNIAN memo. Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea in March 2014 after its troops had occupied the peninsula. An illegal referendum was held for Crimeans to decide on accession to Russia. De-facto Crimean authorities reported that allegedly 96.77% of the Crimean population had voted for joining Russia.

Read alsoUkraine to use Girkin's statements as evidence against Russia in ECHROn March 18, 2014, the so-called agreement on the accession of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol to Russia was signed in the Kremlin. The West did not recognize the annexation in response to which sanctions against Russia were introduced. Ukraine's parliament voted to designate February 20, 2014, as the official date when the temporary occupation of Crimea began.

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