13:44 Nov. 15, 2016
ICC Prosecutor publishes annual report on Preliminary Examination Activities
The available information suggests that the situation within Crimea amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
This is according to the annual report, issued by the Prosecutor of the Hague-based International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda on November 14, 2016.
‘This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government', the report reads.
The document names the situation in Crimea and Sevastopol a ‘factual ongoing state of occupation'.
The report also provides an analysis of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, saying that additional information points to ‘direct military engagement between Russian armed forces and Ukrainian government forces'.
‘That would suggest the existence of an international armed conflict in the context of armed hostilities in eastern Ukraine from 14 July 2014 at the latest, in parallel to the non-international armed conflict'.
The document says the Office is examining allegations that Russia ‘has exercised overall control over armed groups in eastern Ukraine'.