Hague calling: The Hague court accepts evidence of Russia's war crimes

17:53 Nov. 22, 2016

The Hague court accepts evidence of Russia's war crimes

The headquarters of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands (AP photo)

Ukraine's evidence were taken seriously, says Yuriy Lutsenko

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has accepted the evidence of Russia's war crimes committed amid the conflict in Donbas, Ukraine's prosecutor general Yuriy Lutsenko claimed on Tuesday, the Interfax agency reports. 

"Yesterday at the ICC prosecutor's office we contemplated the evidence of Russia sending regular troops against our forces home front near Ilovaisk, violating an arrangement on the green corridor for the retreat for our military, who have been outnumbered 18 to 1 sometimes, and dressing its armour as Ukrainian," Lutsenko said. 

The Ukrainian part provided evidence of Russia's extrajudicial executions, tortures, kidnapping, summary executions on the spot, the prosecutor also claimed.

"All these deeds constitute war crimes and offences against humanity. Our proof was considered very strong. The official ICC and the prosecutors' office procedures will follow. They might take a long time," Lutsenko said. 

The Russian minister of defence, 18 generals, 2 admirals and several other members of Russia's armed forces may be accused of unleashing the aggressive war against Ukraine and violating the Geneva conventions. 

Read also How Russia tries to get away with its crimes

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