Prosecutor's Office of Luhansk region opened the criminal proceeding due to forcible issuance of the so-called passports of Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) to the citizens of the temporarily occupied region as the Prosecutor General’s Office reported.
The forcible passportization of the citizens of Ukraine was qualified as the violation of the laws and customs of war.
“The officials of LPR administration controlled by Russia hold forcible policy toward the forcible issuance to the citizens of Ukraine in the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk region of the so-called passports of LPR citizen,” the message reads.
The prosecutor’s office noted that such actions are of forcible nature and despite the demands of Article 52 of Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War dated August 12, 1949, and Article 75 of Extra protocol dated June 8, 1977, lead to the violation of the constitutional rights and freedoms of the citizens of Ukraine in temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk region.
Preliminary, over 200,000 people got LPR passports. Prosecutor General’s Office controls the pretrial investigation held by the Security Service of Ukraine in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.