DPR Residents File Lawsuits Against Ukraine in International Courts

DPR Residents File Lawsuits Against Ukraine in International Courts

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DPR residents Viktor Barkalov and Vadim Shulak drew attention to the issue of war crimes by Ukraine and former leader Petr Poroshenko’s regime, said Boris Rozhin, an expert of the Center for Political-Military Journalism and author of the Colonel Cassad blog.

Viktor Barkalov and Vadim Shulak, citizens of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR or DNR) wrote an official appeal to international institutions to deal with war crimes committed in the territories of the republics occupied by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

According to them, Kiev initiated military actions under the pretext of an “anti-terrorist operation” that resulted in civilian casualties in the DPR and LPR (Lugansk People's Republic.) Not only former president Petr Poroshenko is directly responsible for what happened in the republics from May 2014 to April 2019 but also “interim President Turchinov” who gave the order to start the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO), and incumbent President Vladimir Zelensky, said Barkalov and Shulak.

DPR residents believe that the perpetrators must be held responsible for military actions and crimes against humanity. Viktor Barkalov and Vadim Shulak said that Ukraine’s actions were defined as criminal by European legal documents drawing the attention of the unpleasant truth which the EU was not willing to face.

They sent an appeal to the International Criminal Court, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Security Council, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other international bodies. Reports on the crimes committed by Ukraine in the Donbas had been presented before but remained unanswered for too long.

Rozhin doubts that this appeal will yield many practical results. In his opinion, the DPR residents’ request to deal with the lawlessness will most likely go unnoticed. At best, it will be “taken into account” because a substantive response would lead to a reasonable question: “Where have you been in the past seven years when all this has been happening?”

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