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26 March 2018, 15:17

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UPT in Donetsk charges eight Poroshenko's regime officials (PHOTOS)

LUGANSK, March 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for Poroshenko’s regime war crimes against Ukrainian citizens (UPT) has brought up charges against eight Poroshenko’s regime officials at its first session taking place in Donetsk today, the chairwoman of the UPT Elena Shishkina, a lawyer from Donetsk, told DAN.

“The charges are pressed against eight people: Ukraine’s president Petr Poroshenko, the minister of internal affairs Arsen Avakov, secretary of the national security and defense council of Ukraine Aleksandr Turchynov, prime minister Vladimir Groisman, commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko, defense minister Stepan Poltorak, chairman of the Verkhovnaya Rada Andrey Parubiy, ex-prime-minster Arseniy Yatsenyuk,” the judge said.

The accused have failed to turn up in court, but the UPT began its session in their absence, Shishkina said.

The Initiative Group of Ukrainian citizens living in Donetsk and Lugansk established on March 15 the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal to investigate the Poroshenko's regime war crimes in Donbass. The Tribunal began its work on March 20. The Tribunal shall review cases in accordance with the Ukrainian law with due respect to international standards.

Lawyers Elena Shishkina,  Lyubov Batyashova and Tatyana Kravchenko were appointed presiding judges, Sergey Kozhemyakin was appointed the prosecutor and Elena Gridina was appointed the defense lawyer.

The UPT is to try the crimes of high-ranking officials, including Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko, national security council secretary Alexander Turchinov, defence minister Stepan Poltorak, the minister of internal affairs Arsen Avakov and Ukrainian armed force commander-in-chief Viktor Muzhenko.

LuganskMediaCentre — 26 March — Lugansk