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Kiev’s appeal court refuses to recognize "Russia’s armed aggression" against Ukraine

September 07, 2016, 20:46 UTC+3 KIEV

The complainant said he plans to appeal the appeal court’s ruling in a cassation authority

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KIEV, September 7. /TASS/. Kiev’s appeal court on Wednesday refused to recognize "the Russian Federation’s armed aggression" in Crimea and eastern Ukraine and dismissed the lawsuit of lawyer and rights advocate Stanislav Batrin.

The relevant court ruling was published on the Otkryty Sud (open court) website.

"The court refused to grant Stanislav Batrin’s request to establish the fact of Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine, dismissing eight requests of the complainant," the report said.

Thus, the court upheld the ruling of the first instance court. Kiev’s Shevchenkovsky court on May 12 refused to recognize "the armed aggression of the Russian Federation" against Ukraine, saying the fact does not affect the complainant’s rights.

The Ukrainian presidential administration adhered to that position both in the first instance court and during the appeal hearing, Batrin said.

"The prosecutor general’s office did not object to the granting of the request, but the president, in the person of his representative, flatly insisted on the refusal in establishment of the fact of armed aggression," he said.

Besides the Ukrainian president, the Ukrainian Security Service, the defense, foreign and justice ministries, the prosecutor general’s office and the Russian Federation’s embassy in Ukraine take part in the case.

The complainant said he plans to appeal the appeal court’s ruling in a cassation authority.

The West and Ukraine have accused Russia of destabilizing Ukraine. Moscow has constantly dismissed allegations that Russia could in any way be involved in destabilization in the neighboring country.

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