Yatsenyuk ordered to initiate trial against Russia at Hague Tribunal

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk ordered the Prosecutor’s Office to initiate a trial against Russia at the Hague Tribunal for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and for the Crimea annexation.

“We have prepared a draft declaration in accordance with Article 11 of the Rome Statute, and this statement should be sent to the Hague Tribunal and prosecution authorities, i.e. the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine should urgently initiate a trial against Russia for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine,” said Yatsenyuk at the government meeting on Wednesday.

Referring to the conclusions of the Kyiv Institute of forensic examinations, the Prime Minister also said that the statements of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu on the Crimea contained signs of international law violations.

“By order of the Government, the Ministry of Justice appealed to the Kyiv Institute of forensic examinations. I was informed that yesterday the Institute made conclusions regarding the statements of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, concerning the annexation of the Crimea. According to the Institute research, such statements contain signs of international law violations concerning their direct stating of the annexation of the Crimea and the implementation of military intervention against Ukraine,” admitted Yatsenyuk.

Having received this information the Foreign Ministry and the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine were instructed to initiate proceedings against Russia.

The Kremlin refused to comment on the initiative of Kyiv to appeal to the Hague Tribunal. “We do not know the details, there are so many different initiatives, so we cannot say anything on this subject,” said the President’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, commenting to “Interfax” on the decision of Ukraine.

A week ago, Yatsenyuk asked the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine to send to the Hague Tribunal the movie trailer “Crimea. The way to the Motherland”, which contains materials about the actions of the Russian side on the Crimean peninsula in 2014. “This film should be of interest for international prosecutors and investigators. It shows who gave orders to seize the Crimea and violate the international law and who is responsible for that,” stated the PM.

Moreover, last month the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appealed to the International Criminal Court in the Hague calling for bringing to justice the former senior Ukrainian officials, including the former President Viktor Yanukovich, for crimes against humanity during the protests of citizens from 30 November 2013 to 22 February 2014.

The appeal noted that on their orders the law enforcement agencies used measures of physical pressure, non-lethal and lethal weapons against the participants of peaceful protests in Kyiv and in other Ukrainian cities. According to the Rada, those actions led to the deaths of more than 100 people and injured more than 2,000.

Text and pictures by INTERFAX.RU