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25 April 2018, 14:48

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Kiev imposed blockade on Donbass to cause famine - UPT witness

LUGANSK, April 25 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Transport and economic blockade of Donbass by Ukraine was meant to cause a famine in the Republic, said a witness at the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for Poroshenko’s regime war crimes against Ukrainian citizens (UPT) hearing in Donetsk today.

"Since mid-November 2014 we have been completely isolated. The aim was to cause a famine," said the witness Anzhelika Pirogova, who lives in Frunze, Slavyanoserbsk district.

"Massive strikes on our town began in October 2014. The town is two km away from the frontline. We could see Ukrainian army positions clearly. The railroad and the grain elevator came under fire first. Houses and fields with crops were also under fire. The first shelling lasted 17 hours, four people were killed," she told the tribunal.

On March 15, the Initiative Group of Ukrainian citizens living in Donetsk and Lugansk announced the establishment of the People’s Tribunal for the crimes committed in Donbass by the Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko’s regime.

The UPT began to investigate the Poroshenko regime crimes on March 20. The first hearing was held in Donetsk on March 26-27. The Tribunal will operate in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and norms of international law. Presiding judge Elena Shishkina, judges Lyubov Batyashova and Tatyana Kravchenko, prosecutor Sergey Kozhemyakin, lawyer for the defence Elena Gridina and a panel of 12 jurors (six of them are Lugansk region natives) take part in UPT sessions.

The UPT will review the crimes committed by Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, National Security and Defence Council Secretary Alexander Turchinov, Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, parliament speaker Andrey Parubiy and former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and other high-ranking officials.

Applications to participate in the UPT, questions and proposals can be forwarded to the Tribunal’s website.

LuganskMediaCentre — 25 April — Lugansk