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26 November 2019, 19:36

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“Memorial” helps 900 LPR residents file cases against Ukraine at ECHR, ICC

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LUGANSK, November 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic “Memorial” social organisation, since the start of operation, has helped more than 900 residents hurt in Ukrainian aggression to file cases at the European Court of Human rights and the International Criminal Court, member of the “Memorial” Board and LPR Public Chamber Sergey Belov said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Memorial” closely cooperates with the Special Commission on recording the Ukrainian leadership’s crimes against the LPR population,” Belov said. “More than 600 people living in LPR frontline areas have enjoyed complete legal support to file claims with the International Criminal Court in the Hague since “Memorial began operation.”

As of November 13, 2019, more than 300 claims had been filed with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, as a follow-up of war crimes and genocide cases, he said.

“Memorial” and the Special Commission continue to record Kiev regime crimes in Donbass for filing criminal cases and their investigation with subsequent filing of claims with international rights organisations, the activist added.

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 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.

LPR Deputy Foreign Minister Anna Soroka  who leads the Special Commission on recording Kiev regime war crimes against the LPR population 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.

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