The aggressor state continues to commit crimes in the occupied territories of the country.
Investigate crimes committed Russian invaders in the occupied territories, it is much more difficult, but the work is carried out constantly and with high quality.
This was announced by the head of the war department of the Office of the Prosecutor General Yuri Belousov in broadcast information marathon.
“We do not have physical access to the occupied territories, therefore we are deprived of the opportunity to inspect the scene and collect certain evidence. But we do not wait for the moment when our armed forces liberate these territories. We are already actively working, collecting information from open sources, also on this “Ukrainian special services are working. We are cooperating with our international partners. All this allows us to document all these crimes with sufficient quality and identify those who commit them. That is, in fact, despite certain difficulties, the work is carried out quite efficiently,” Belousov informed.
The head of the war department noted that now the documentation of the crimes of the Russian invaders in the occupied territories also comes from open sources, and all materials are accumulated in the appropriate databases.
“International partners teach our employees how to document crimes and atrocities committed by Russians on the territory of Ukraine from open sources. These databases are being accumulated, and these materials are used in criminal proceedings. They will definitely be used to bring all these people to justice,” – Belousov emphasized.
He added that information about crimes in the occupied territories, despite the risks, is also transmitted by people who are there, as well as those citizens who managed to leave these regions.
“Our employees work with those people who are being released from the occupied territories and receive information about what is happening there. The investigation is also using modern technologies that are now available in Ukraine and our international partners,” Belousov said.
He noted that 18 thousand war crimes have already been documented in Ukraine and this number is growing, in particular, because the aggressor state continues to commit terrible crimes in the occupied territories.
The head of the war department emphasized that the law enforcement system and the Office of the Prosecutor General are trying to record and document all war crimes on the territory of Ukraine, as well as to find those people who commit them.
“Now 118 people have already been notified of suspicion. Of these, 15 people are actually in Ukraine. We already have 6 sentences for which. The main focus of our law enforcement system is our national courts. At the same time, some categories of people have immunity, in in particular, senior officials (of the Russian Federation – UNIAN), which deprives us of the opportunity to bring them to justice in national courts. We are confident that we will be able to identify everyone … and, with the help of international partners, bring them to justice, “Belousov emphasized.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine wants to punish Russia legally through the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and the European Court of Human Rights.
On March 3, International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan announced that the ICC had opened an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Today, June 22, Prosecutor General of Ukraine Irina Venediktova discussed with US Attorney General Merrick Garland cooperation in investigating war crimes of the Russian Federation.