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26 November 2019, 14:48

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LPR Special Commission confirms data on 2,926 Ukrainian aggression victims

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LUGANSK, November 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic Special Commission on recording the Ukrainian military and political leaderhsip crimes has gathered and documented the data on 2,926 victims of the Ukrainian army aggression, chairwoman of the Special Commission and the “Memorial” social organiation, LPR Deputy Foreign Minister Anna Soroka said at a news briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

The Special Commission was set up in February 2018 by LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik’s decree, and operates in cooperation with Memorial, Soroka said. “As of today, the Special Commission has gathered materials on 2,926 victims, confirming 807 civilians dead, 2,000 civilians wounded, 34 children dead and 85 children wounded. I underline that we have documented proof of it.”

The Special Commisision also gathers evidence on the damage to the housing and utiltiies sector caused by Kiev aggression, and takes part in processing the materials of the criminal case over genocide against the Republic’s residents, filed by the LPR State Security Ministry, she said.

Close cooperation with Russia’s Investigative Committee remains an important aspect of the Special Commission’s operation, Soroka said.

Together with the Special Commission, “Memorial” takes LPR frontline area residents to the Russian Federation to  help them draw complaints against Ukraine as genocide case victims.

“As of today, 209 people have been taken to Russia while some 300 complaint forms were drawn through power of attorney,” the LPR deputy foreign minister said.

The complaints to be lodged with the ECHR are drawn by the same organisation which carried out similar paperwork for victims of the Georgian aggression in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

“As of now, we know that the ECHR has accepted South Ossetians and Abkhazians’ claims for processing,” she said adding that this process might take quite a long time.

Earlier, Presiding judge of the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for investigating the Poroshenko regime war crimes against Ukrainian nationals Yelena Shishkina said that activists had passed more than 2,500 materials 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 lodged more than 300 complaints with 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 and the Memorial social organisation had processed materials gathered in ten LPR districts on the facts of genocide by the Ukrainian leadership against Donbass residents. Later on, she said that the Memorial social organisation helped injured parties to send 16 complains to the European Court of Human Rights.

The Special Commission was set up at the initiative of LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik 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 — 26 November — Lugansk