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Ukraine’s parliament decides to prosecute Yanukovych through International Criminal Court

February 25, 2014, 15:53 UTC+3 KIEV
The decision was supported by 339 deputies, well above the minimum of 226 votes
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KIEV, February 25. /ITAR-TASS/. The Ukrainian parliament approved on Tuesday in first reading the decision to appeal to the International Criminal Court to bring to justice Viktor Yanukovych and other officials “for crimes against humanity during peaceful protest rallies between November 30, 2013 and February 22, 2014”.

The decision was supported by 339 deputies, well above the minimum of 226 votes.

By this decision has been approved the corresponding statement of the parliament, according to which Ukraine recognizes the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

The statement says that “within three months, law enforcement agencies in Ukraine, instructed by the state’s high-ranking officials, were unlawfully applying measures of physical coercion, impact munition and arms towards participants of peaceful demonstrations in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities”.

This led to “homicide of more than 100 citizens of Ukraine and other states, injuring more than 2,000 people, over 500 of which are in critical condition”.

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The law enforcement agencies are also accused of “tortures of civilians, applying water cannons towards protesters amid air temperature colder than 15 grades Celsius below zero, infliction of bodily injuries of varying severity”.

“A differential peculiarity of this period became kidnapping and disappearance of people, violent and unlawful freedom deprivation, groundless imprisonment of numerous people in different cities of Ukraine, their violent battering, unlawful destruction of their property,” the document says.

The statement specifies that the Court’s prosecutor would decide further on criminal prosecution of other persons. 

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