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Russia does not recognize commission of humanitarian law violation anymore

According to Putin, this structure stopped to fulfill its functions since 1991
16:51, 17 October 2019

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed the order, which revokes the statement about the recognition of the competence of the commission for investigation of humanitarian law violation during armed conflicts as the State Duma reported.

“In the current international environment the risks of abuse of commission’s authorities for political purposes by unscrupulous state increase significantly,” Putin stated.

According to the president of Russia, the state pays the contribution to the international commission annually; however, this structure stopped to fulfill its functions since 1991. Besides, the Russian representatives do not enter its composition.

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The fourth Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War was adopted in 1949. The convention acts under the aegis of the International Committee of the Red Cross and obliges warring parties to separate the civilians and partakers of the combat actions.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated in his report on human rights in occupied Crimea that Russia violates Geneva Conventions trying to change the demography on the peninsula.

Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Crimea is announced to be temporary occupied territory.

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced February 20, 2014, to be the year of the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. In October 2015, then-President Petro Poroshenko signed the proper law.

The international organization recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea as illegal and condemned the actions of Russia. West imposed the number of sanctions against Russia.

Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it “the restoration of the historical justice”.

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