Ukraine expects that the terms and the perspectives of the hearings of the cases with Russia at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will be determined in 2018. Pavlo Petrenko, the Minister of Justice of Ukraine reported this to Interfax-Ukraine.
According to Petrenko, the Ukrainian side will be able to gain its point at the cases at the ECHR in 2018 and the dates of the hearings can be determined for 2019. He expects that the progress will take place not only in the cases with Russia at the ECHR but also at the commercial cases.
'I think that the next year will a year of the first news on the commercial cases and dates of their hearing. It will be a year of really good news for Ukraine on the cases at the ECHR. According to the procedural schedule that was determined by the international UN court, Ukraine will submit the legal determination next year. The Foreign Ministry deals with this as it is the main ministry on the cases at the international court', he said.
Petrenko claimed that the dates of the hearing of the cases with a huge evidential base gathered by Ukraine can be determined next year.
'We made a basis for the consideration of the cases at the ECHR in two blocks. The first one is Donbas with a huge evidential base on the events of 2014-2015 with more than 100 witnesses, video-recording and papers. The second is the annexation of Crimea. It is a challenge for the court as it does not have a lot of experience in such cases', he concluded.
As it was reported earlier the European Court for Human Rights, the ECHR, recognized that Ukraine is not guilty of human rights abuse in the occupied Donbas. The respective decision was posted on the court’s website.