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23 May 2019, 17:08

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LPR residents send 16 complaints against Ukrainian army to ECHR

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LUGANSK, May 23 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Memorial social organisation has helped Lugansk People’s Republic residents who suffered from Ukrainian army aggression to send 16 complaints to the European Court of Human rights.

 “We’ve begun permanent work on helping residents draw complaints to the ECHR,” LPR Deputy Foreign Minister Anna Soroka who chairs the Republic’s commission on recording Kiev regime war crimes and represents Memorial said at a news briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“We, the Memorial social organisation, drove the first group of 16 persons to Rostov-on-Don where they had consultations by Moscow lawyers and drew complaints to the ECHR. It’s a major achievement for us,” Soroka said.

Frontline residents have priority in getting these services, she added.

Earlier, presiding judge of the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for investigating the Poroshenko regime war crimes against Ukrainian citizens Yelena Shishkina said that activists had passed more than 2,500 materials on Ukrainian authorities’ crimes against civilians to the International Criminal Court and the European Court of Human Rights as of March 2018.

Head of the LPR Prosecutor General’s Office Department for Compliance with Law in the Military Sphere Roman Gubaidulin noted that thanks to the legal assistance provided by PGO personnel to Donbass residents hurt in Ukrainian aggression, LPR residents had sent more than 300 complaints to the ECHR as of July 2018.

As of February 25, 2019, the LPR PGO recognised more than 3,000 residents as victims of Ukrainian forces aggression in Donbass.

Earlier, Soroka said that the Special Commission on recording the Kiev regime war crimes against the LPR population together with Memorial processed materials, gathered in ten LPR districts, on the facts of genocide by the Ukrainian leadership against Donbass residents.

Soroka urged LPR residents to report Ukrainian regime crimes to Memorial which she said would help them defend their rights at international bodies.

The Special Commission was set up at LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik’s proposal in February 2018. Its objective is to gather and analyse the materials on Ukraine’s genocide against Donbass residents.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 23 May — Lugansk