European Court Rejects Claims of Donbass Residents for Destroyed Houses

Translated by Ollie Richardson


The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected three complaints from residents of Donetsk and Lugansk region, who demanded that Ukraine offset the cost of the housing they lost as a result of the “anti-terrorist operation” in Donbass. This was stated in the judgment published in Strasbourg on Thursday, July 28th.

In particular, we are talking about the complaint of Svetlana Piven of Yasinovataya (Donetsk region), as well as two complaints from Anton Lisnoy from Yasinovataya and Vladimir Anokhin from Trokhizbenka, (Lugansk region).

Despite the fact that the applicants provided photo evidence of the destruction of their homes during the armed conflict, and the OSCE reports confirming the attacks, the ECHR unanimously rejected the complaint as it was not sufficiently substantiated.

Also, the applicants argued that because of the attacks they could have died.

The court justified the refusal by saying that the applicants did not provide information to local authorities, which would have confirmed their property rights to the destroyed house. In particular, the court found that the claimants initially provided only their passports as evidence, which is not sufficient justification for their complaints,” stated the message of the ECHR. The document states that the decision is final.

In addition to the three inter-state complaints currently before the court, there are about 3,000 individual cases relating to the events in Crimea and the military actions in Eastern Ukraine,” stated the document.

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