Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The first meeting of the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal (UPT) took place in Donetsk, during which war crimes charges were brought to the top leadership of Ukraine.
During March 26th’s court session, the court considered documents concerning the wounds inflicted on Lyudmila Esekova – a female resident of the Petrovsky district. It was established during the investigation that the victim of Ukrainian shelling lost her mother and father, and that her husband received severe wounds.
The resident of the city of Kirovskoye was present at the session. As a result of the military aggression started by Poroshenko’s regime, the woman lost her child.
During the UPT another inhabitants of the Republic affected by the aggression of Kiev testified.
“Five victims from Donetsk, Lugansk, and the city of Kirovskoye attended the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal. At the session it is planned to consider the episodes connected to the shelling during 2014-2015,” reported the assistant to the presiding judge of the UPT Elena Shishkina.
During the session of the UPT eight charges concerning criminal cases were pronounced.
Among the accused there was: the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Aleksandr Turchynov, Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman, Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy, and the former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
“The decision was made to separate all articles related to the charges into so-called blocks: the use of Armed Forces against the civilian population, torture, blockade, the creation of illegal armed formations, genocide, etc. We will inform the international community about the most shocking facts in each block. About five sessions are planned for each block,” said the presiding judge of the UPT Elena Shishkina.
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