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ICC intends to finish analysis of war crimes in Crimea, Donbas

When it is complete, the institution will decide on the admissibility of the case
13:01, 6 December 2018

Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the Court
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The International Criminal Court in the Hague intends to finish the analysis of the war crimes in Crimea and Donbas soon and decide on the admissibility of the case, reads the annual report of Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the Court.

“The Office of the Prosecutor intends to complete the analysis of the subject matter jurisdiction concerning the situation in Crimea and eastern Ukraine to announce the corresponding finding of admissibility of the jurisdiction of the court,” the report says.

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At the same time, it was specified that due to this, the Office of the Prosecutor will continue gathering the information related to the judicial proceeding on the level of the national legislation and to cooperate with Ukraine’s regulatory bodies, civil society and other interested bodies.

“Given the fact that Ukraine has recognized the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court for an indefinite period, the Office of the Prosecutor will continue the registration of the allegations of crimes committed in Ukraine as long as they fall within the court’s jurisdiction,” the report says.

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At the same time, the document says that next year, the Office of the Prosecutor continues to gather the evidence related to the conflicts in Crimea and Donbas.

In particular, it was specified that the situation in Crimea is considered an occupation and it falls within the characteristics of the international armed conflict.

It was decided to apply the law of the international conflicts concerning the situation in Donbas as direct clashes between the armed forces of Russia and Ukraine were recorded since July 14, 2014.

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For now, the Office of the Prosecutor recorded 1,200 criminal cases in Donbas, determined 2,737 deaths and injuries of some 9,000 individuals.

Besides, the report mentions a grave bloodshed in the battle of Ilovaisk. According to the International Criminal Court, some 1,000 Ukrainian servicemen died there.

Related: 15 attacks performed in Donbas combat zone

In addition, the Office of the Prosecutor recorded such crimes as training of child soldiers in Donbas, extrajudicial executions and sexual abuse.

Speaking of Crimea, the Office reported cases of illegal military draft of the citizens to the army of the aggressor state, the illegal trials of Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars as well as kidnappings of the dissidents.

Related: Oleksandr Ivanishko dies in Donbas combat zone

Earlier, the Ukrainian side insisted that the International Criminal Court open its office in Ukraine to investigate the war crimes committed by the Russian officials and Crimea’s occupation authorities.

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