The Ukrainian authorities have passed the ICC in the Hague all evidence, which proves direct involvement of the former Ukrainian president and government in the crimes against Euromaidan protesters. Pavlo Petrenko, Ukraine’s Justice Minister said this on air at 112 Ukraine TV channel. ‘I think the evidence base that we’ve managed to collect over the last 2.5 years, will be another nioce argument for the Hague to start the trial. The crimes against the Euromaidan activists meet the criteria defined by the Rome convention, and match the respective definition of crime against humanity,’ he said. Petrenko added that the Court’s recognition of the fact of the crime against humanity and condemning it would be the act of historical justice.
The International Criminal Court in the Hague today discussed the crimes, committed by the Ukrainian government and the-then President Yanukovych against the Euromaidan activists in late 2013 – early 2014. The Ukrainian delegation in the court was be represented by PG Yuriy Lutsenko. He tried to persuade the court to look into the relevant cases. Last year, a prosecutor at the ICC said the cases were not enough systematized, so they should be defined as crimes against citizens, not as war crimes or crimes against humanity. The Ukrainian side insists the crimes against the peaceful protesters of Euromaidan were the part of the greater series of events, which eventually led to the annexation of Crimea and the occupation of Donbas.