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26 April 2018, 19:43

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Ukrainian People’s Tribunal to hear parties’ arguments on May 21

LUGANSK, April 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for investigating the Poroshenko regime’s crimes against Ukrainian citizens (UPT) will hear arguments of the parties on May 21, the Donetsk News Agency reported citing UPT presiding judge Elena Shishkina.  

“The UPT has reviewed Ukrainian Criminal Code articles on genocide. Seven witnesses were questioned in the course of the Thursday session which was attended the DPR ombudswoman, doctors, scientists, politicians and journalists,” Shishkina said adding that all the charges against incumbent Ukrainian authorities had been reviewed.

The Tribunal will meet on May 21 to examine case materials and hear the parties’ arguments, she said.

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

It brought charges against eight Poroshenko regime officials including the Ukrainian president. On March 26 and 27, the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal reviewed charges of the use of armed forces against civilians.

At the April 2 session which addressed the setting up of illegal paramilitary formations by the Kiev regime, the UPT heard the testimonies of eight victims and two witnesses. Six of the victims are Lugansk region residents, UPT judge Lyubov Batyashova said. On April 3, the Tribunal reviewed charges of tortures, lootings and robberies brought against the suspects. On April 17, it completed the two-day hearing of the fourth batch of charges concerning war propaganda. On April 25 and April 26, the UPT reviewed, respectively, the charges of Donbass blockade and the charges of genocide.

LuganskMediaCentre — 26 April — Lugansk