21 May 2018, 17:30


UPT prosecution files criminal complaint against Ukrainian army commanders

LUGANSK, May 21 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for Poroshenko’s regime war crimes against Ukrainian citizens (UPT) prosecutor Sergey Kozhemyakin has filed a criminal complaint against Ukrainian commanders responsible for shelling Donbass, DAN news agency reports.

"We have established in the course of the hearing that other persons had committed crimes under review either being accomplices to the defendants or acting solely. I would like to press criminal charges against those persons in separate proceedings," Kozhemyakin told the court, according to DAN reporter.

Kozhemyakin's application requests opening criminal cases against Ukrainian units commanders who used MLRS Grad and Uragan in Donbass, including the Joint Forces Operation commander Sergey Naev, commanders of the 24th, 30th, 51st and 72nd separate mechanized brigades, the Sever (North) and the Zapad (West) task forces.

"They are personally liable, thus their files should be sent to the Prosecutor's office separately for investigation."

The Tribunal accepted the request.

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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 21 May — Lugansk