Ukraine sends another batch of proof of Russian crimes in Crimea to Hague court

10:20, 31 July 2020
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The Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) in Ukraine has sent the eighth notice to the Office of the Prosecutor under the International Criminal Court in The Hague about large-scale and systemic violations of property rights by Russia, the aggressor country, in the temporarily occupied territory of the Crimean peninsula.

The actions of the occupying authorities country fall under the qualification of "war crimes," the PGO's press service.

"The materials have been collected by the [Ukrainian-controlled] Prosecutor's Office for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea together with NGO Regional Center for Human Rights," it said.

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Almost 9,500 court rulings were analyzed and 3,962 persons who became victims of violations of property rights were identified. Out of the total number of the victims, 3,712 people faced the illegal seizure of land was recorded, real estate belonging to 250 victims was destroyed.

This practice by the occupying authorities has been recorded out throughout the entire territory of the Crimean peninsula for more than six years with the involvement of almost all local "judicial bodies," as 24 out of 28 district courts in Crimea issued illegal rulings.

The actions of the Russian Federation are a gross violation of Article 53 and Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and can qualify as war crimes.

Prosecutors and human rights activists note that at least two new victims of war crimes are registered in the occupied territory every day.

A pretrial investigation into violations of the laws and customs of war (Part 1 of Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine) is under way under the procedural guidance of the Prosecutor's Office for f the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

The evidence collected as part of the criminal case was also included in the information notice to the International Criminal Court.

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