After the complete liberation of Mariupol, the team of the ombudsman of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and law enforcement officers will enter the city and collect evidence of the crimes of the Ukrainian national battalions for the tribunal. This was announced on Sunday, March 20, by the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic, Daria Morozova.
“And all those who have broken the law, all those who have violated the Geneva Convention and the norms of international law, and, in principle, their own, Ukrainian legislation, face trial. This will be considered in the future in the tribunal, we will not back down,” she said in an interview.RIA News“.
Morozova stressed that work to collect evidence is currently being carried out in the cities liberated by the DPR military.
As such evidence, in particular, the statements of already released and evacuated people.
“They are so outraged that the Ukrainian servicemen could hide behind them all the time. How can a mother with a child who is hungry, is in a blockade due to their fault, take away food for several weeks? What should be in the head of this person who took up arms, this is what should be with the psyche, when you have a crying child, hungry, dirty, sick, and you take away from him the last water and some kind of food that there are not so many of them,” the Ombudsman concluded.
Earlier on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk said that the country’s government would not accept the proposal of the Russian Defense Ministry to evacuate the population of Mariupol. According to her, the Russian side may not expect “surrenders, laying down of arms”.
A day earlier, refugees from Mariupol spoke about the shooting of two buses with children by fighters of the radical nationalist Azov battalion. Also, according to them, the fighters hide in schools and kindergartens, shoot from there and run away. In addition, they take cars and remove batteries from them.
On March 15, refugees from Mariupol told an Izvestia correspondent that Ukrainian nationalists had blocked the escape routes from the city, and Ukrainian militants were shooting refugees when they tried to leave the city. According to them, 80-90% of local residents are ready to leave Mariupol.
The situation in Donbass escalated on February 17. In the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), heavy shelling by Ukrainian security forces, including from heavy weapons, was reported. The republics announced a general mobilization, the evacuation of civilians to the territory of Russia, and also asked to recognize their independence. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing their sovereignty.
On February 24, the Russian leader announced a special operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass. Then the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov clarified that the special operation had two goals – the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. He pointed out that both of these aspects pose a threat to the Russian state and people.
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