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Setting up court on Ukraine military crimes not considered yet — Russian minister

March 26, 2015, 21:13 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Ukraine military crimes include murders of journalists, the tragedies in Odessa and Mariupol, the Malaysian Boeing crash and mass killings

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A grave in eastern Ukraine

A grave in eastern Ukraine

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MOSCOW, March 26. /TASS/. The issue of establishment of an international court to investigate military crimes in Ukraine has not been officially considered yet, Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov said Thursday.

"We have not officially considered the issue," Konovalov told journalists.

In September 2014, Russia’s Red Cross announced the creation of a commission to establish facts for investigation of military crimes in Ukraine. The lower house of Russia’s parliament then called on the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Council of Europe and the world community to conduct an international investigation of crimes that led to numerous deaths among civilians of southeast Ukraine.

In November 2014, against the backdrop of nearly daily reports of deaths of children in southeast Ukraine, Russia’s presidential children’s rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov called for establishment of an international tribunal on crimes of the Ukrainian authorities in the country’s southeast.

Senator from the Republic of Crimea Olga Kovitidi spoke with a proposal to initiate the establishment of an international court on Ukraine on February 25 at a plenary session of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia's parliament. On February 26, Russian Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin also called for establishment of such an international court.

In early March, Federation Council international affairs committee head Konstantin Kosachyov said "there exist the grounds and fact-based material for an international legal assessment of the military conflict in Ukraine, but for effective defense, the legal aspect of the case needs to be more thoroughly worked out."

Crimes in Ukraine during the hostilities in the country's east include murders of journalists, the tragedies in Odessa and Mariupol, the Malaysian Boeing crash and mass killings.


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