Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine sent the information report to the International Criminal Court (ICC) toward the commitment by Russia of the extrajudicial executions of nine military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the fights of Ilovaisk and Debaltseve as the GPU reported.
The information report to the Prosecutor’s Office of the ICC was prepared and sent on the basis of Article 15 of Rome Statute by the lawyers of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU) along with the prosecutors of the Supervision Department in criminal proceedings on the crimes committed in the terms of the armed conflict
“The point of the report consists of the facts of the extrajudicial executions of nine military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by the representatives of pro-Russian organized group Cossack union ‘areas of Don forces’ during the battle of Ilovaisk in 2014 and of Debaltseve in 2015. The report will be considered by the Prosecutor’s Office of the ICC along with other episodes of major violations of the international humanitarian law committed by the pro-Russian forces in the east of Ukraine in 2014-2019,” the message said.
According to the information, Ukraine provided photo and video evidence, which directly proves the fact of the captivity of Ukrainian military, testimony of the witnesses of the murder of the POWs, documents, which confirm the death of the POWs in the captivity.
It is noted that the GPU sent five reports to the ICC on the events in Donbas. Particualry, they concerned the responsibility of the commitment of the military crimes and crimes against humanity by the leaders of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic Ihor Girkin (Strelkov), Oleksandr Zakharchenko, Ihor Bezler and others.
Ilovaisk battle, one of the most tragic pages in Ukraine's military history took place in August 2014. Back then, Ukrainian forces approached the city and were about to storm it so as to get rid of the units of pro-Russian separatists there. The city was almost liberated when regular Russian army units encircled a large group of Ukrainian troops there. The encircled Ukrainian units were offered to withdraw across the green corridor, as Russian troops guaranteed their safety. When the withdrawal process began, the enemy started shooting. Over 300 Ukrainian servicemen lost their lives in the obnoxious attacks; many more were wounded.