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 'Russian war crimes in Eastern Ukraine' and '28 hostages of Kremlin' reports presented at European Parliament

Human rights activists presented two reports titled 'Russian war crimes in Eastern Ukraine' and '28 hostages of the Kremlin' at the European Parliament April 5.

The reports were jointly prepared by the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union and the Members of the European Parliament. The experts obtained information from primary sources and witnesses' testimonies, Censor.NET informs citing Radio Svoboda.

Not only human rights activists, but also the victims arrived in Brussels to elaborate on the situation in the Donbas.

"The report itself is stunning as it unveils torture, murders, and abuses of persons. The woman who testified here tonight would not be here if two British journalists had not taken pictures of her. They saved her life by doing so," MEP Mark Demesmaeker says.

According to him, such crimes must not remain unpunished. Demesmaeker proposed the submitted reports to provide the basis for the initiation of an investigation by the International Criminal Court.

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The human rights activists' report "28 hostages of the Kremlin" includes stories of Ukrainians who have been imprisoned in Russia and annexed Crimea for political reasons.

There are dozens of other Ukrainian citizens in the Russian prisons besides Nadiia Savchenko.

"Their only fault was that they were unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. One of the prisoners was a 74-year-old man who stayed in touch with his family from Ukraine. It was his only fault. But he was imprisoned in the so-called 'New Gulag'," Open Dialog Foundation Chairman Liudmyla Kozlovska said.

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The human rights activists point out that the citizens of Ukraine are tortured in prisons, often deprived of right to receive medical treatment and assistance of counsel. They are also banned to communicate with relatives.

Both reports will be presented at the national parliaments of several European countries following hearing in the European Parliament. It is also planned to refer the reports to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n382886